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Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems

January 22, 2008 Report From the Institute of Medicine

IOM Report CoverThe Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently convened a committee to articulate gaps in knowledge and make recommendations regarding research priorities for improving emergency preparedness and response systems in public health. This study was done, at the request of CDC’s Coordinating Officer for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER), to assist the Department of Health and Human Services in meeting the “Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act” (PAHPA) mandate that Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) conduct research.

The report, Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems, is now available to view or download on the IOM website.

Based on the committee’s expert judgment, as well as information exchanged in the public meeting and workshop, it identified four top-priority research areas:

  1. enhancing the usefulness of training;
  2. improving timely emergency communications;
  3. creating and maintaining sustainable response systems; and
  4. generating effectiveness criteria and metrics.
The IOM recommendations will be valuable as COTPER plans to issue a research funding opportunity announcement and requests for proposals (RFPs) in FY2008 for awards to be made before the end of the fiscal year.
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