October 17, 2023
University of Washington new Center for Disaster Resilient Communitiesor CDRC, has been selected to lead the development of a work plan for a regional public health emergency preparedness and response center that will help prepare the Northwest for disasters and emergencies.
Under a $1.8 million contract with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the UW will bring together partners across Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Oregon to develop a work plan to establish a future regional Center for Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response. UW will also support the development of a tribal-specific work plan that addresses the needs and priorities of tribal partners in public health preparedness and emergency response across the region, as well as develop a model for a regional data ecosystem that can support the uptake of evidence-based strategies in public health preparedness and response to emergency situations.
“This funding will support a partner-driven process to shape the future center for evidence-based public health preparedness and emergency response that serves the needs of community and government partners in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington,” he said. Nicole Errett, Director of CDRC and university assistant professor for environment and occupational health.
“We’re really excited to bring together community, tribal, health care, public health practice, emergency management and other partners to identify focus areas for the center and approaches the center can take to support their work.”
There will be a separate tender funding opportunity for the development of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response itself, which will become part of a national network of such centres.
Launched in September, the CDRC brings together the breadth and depth of the UW’s expertise in disaster science to help build resilient communities. The center seeks to bring together more than 100 UW faculty from across the university, including disaster researchers, engineers, data and environmental scientists, as well as experts in public health, medicine, nursing, and public policy and planning.
These experts will offer resources, training, technical assistance and evidence-based solutions to help communities prepare for potential disasters. Researchers will also work with community, tribal and government partners to identify the specific needs of each community and implement tailored solutions.
The center is supported by the UW Population Health Initiativea university-wide effort that fosters a collaborative approach to improving human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity.
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