CDC Releases 2016 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness

February 08, 2016|11:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

CDC strategically invests in public health preparedness in an effort to improve federal, state, and local public health agencies’ ability to prepare for and respond to all types of public health threats. In fiscal year 2015, Congress appropriated $1.35 billion to CDC for public health preparedness and response.

On Jan. 28, CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) released “The 2016 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness,” which shows how federal investments enhance the United States' ability to respond to public health threats and emergencies and showcases the results of CDC's collective investments to improve national public health preparedness and response capabilities. The report includes activities that occurred during 2014 and 2015, including Ebola response activities, in the framework of CDC’s three overarching priorities:

  • Improving health security at home and around the world.
  • Protecting people from public health threats.
  • Strengthening public health through collaboration.

Throughout 2014 and 2015, CDC, U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and others responded to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and also focused on preventing additional Ebola cases in the United States. More than 3,700 CDC staff, including 488 from OPHPR, have worked on the Ebola response, either domestically or overseas. CDC staff worked more than 1.7 million hours on the Ebola response during the first year of activation.

Other key facts from the report include:

Graphic: OPHPR Key Facts


For more information, visit OPHPR’s website.