EPIC Partners

CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection (EPIC) works with a variety of national and international partner organizations including community- and faith-based organizations, professional associations, nongovernmental organizations, and government agencies. Some of our partners also operate on a regional, local, or community level.

Our partners uniquely understand the needs of the people they serve. These organizations rely on their relationships to help us distribute emergency public health information from CDC during times of planning or crisis. Our partners also provide us with valuable insights into what information the people they serve need, and how best to deliver it. Sharing information with our partners allows us to help people stay safer and healthier during a public health emergency, especially some of the people most vulnerable to public health threats.

Please explore below to learn more about some of the EPIC partners. Organizations interested in becoming EPIC partners should email epic@cdc.gov.

EPIC Exclusive – The Salvation Army

Corporation for National Community Service Disaster Response Team gathered together for a group picture

One of CNCS’s Disaster Response Teams

What is the mission of your organization?
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. CNCS’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

What is the role of your organization in a public health emergency?
Our Disaster Services Unit leads and coordinates National Service support between our programs, FEMA, state service commissions, and other partners and stakeholders during disasters and emergencies. While CNCS is not officially tasked with public health emergencies, through our National Service programs, our members and volunteers may assist with public health information distribution and support services at the local, state, and national level. During the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis, National Service members and volunteers distributed water, assisted with water filtration supply access and installation, and supported information distribution to all parts of the community.

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CDC EPIC appreciates the work of its partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Belles, from The Salvation Army, described some of their COVID-19 activities.

The majority of the communities we serve are low-income and vulnerable populations or people experiencing homelessness who do not have the funds or the ability to go to the grocery store. This demographic is dramatically growing in size because people have lost their jobs and are struggling. Our service support to the community includes feeding, food box distribution, home delivery, school lunch meal support, cleaning supplies, etc. The need is growing on a daily basis because many government programs and buildings have shut down and we are now filling that gap. For example, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our shelters would have a decrease in individuals during the day as they would leave for employment, appointments, and school. Since this pandemic began, everyone is remaining in these shelters, which has increased the need for more meals and staffing. To add on to our sheltering mission during COVID-19 posture, many state and local governments have requested us to expand our shelter program and to include more homeless shelter facilities, isolation shelters, and reception areas. This requires more resources for The Salvation Army and many of our partners to help feed people at these locations. In some areas we offer rental and utility services, and case management. We also offer emotional and spiritual care through a national ESC hotline: 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Additionally, we are finding different ways to reach the community virtually.

Our requirements for cleaning and maintaining shelter and feeding operations change quickly as new CDC guidance is released. We also encourage our staff and volunteers to work with their local public health officials for guidance in their specific area. Many territories and divisions have released Transportation Security Administration documents on COVID-19 to the community, which follow CDC guidelines and direct them to the CDC website for more information

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EPIC Partner List

Page last reviewed: May 1, 2019