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J Public Health Manag Pract 2014 Jul-Aug;20(4):E1-5

Conceptualizing and Measuring Community Preparedness Within Public Health Preparedness and Response: Complexities and Lessons Learned.

Kun KE, Rose DA, Morris T, Salter M, Lamia T, Bhalakia A, McLees AW


Since 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement has supported state, territorial, and local public health departments in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This conceptual article describes complexities identified and lessons learned in developing community preparedness performance measures for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health preparedness program. Challenges arose in (a) defining community; (b) measuring meaningful community engagement; and (c) determining a strategy for collecting, aggregating, and analyzing data from diverse state, territorial, and local health departments. This article contributes to prior work describing conceptual challenges in developing standardized measures of performance at the federal level and suggests ways to potentially mitigate general performance measurement challenges as well as measurement complexities specific to community preparedness. It may be informative for those state, territorial, and local health departments currently implementing (or contemplating implementing) community preparedness activities and for individuals more generally engaged in performance measurement.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #24322842 DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182a5bbcc
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Food
Entry Created: 2013-12-11 Entry Last Modified: 2014-07-13