Health Dept. Earns Emergency Preparedness Recognition

Honored for Meeting National Standards & Being “Public Health Ready”

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department today announced that it has earned public health emergency preparedness recognition from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

The Health Department was honored for its ability to respond to public health emergencies by Project Public Health Ready, a unique partnership between NACCHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that assesses preparedness levels at local health departments across the country.

“We are proud to be recognized for our high level of preparedness and will continue to improve our ability to respond to public health emergencies.  It is a tribute to the outstanding effort, creativity and cooperation of our entire team of dedicated public health professionals,” said Health Director Dr. Ronald E. Voorhees.

The Health Department earned the recognition after undergoing rigorous evaluation and meeting national standards for public health preparedness in three key areas:  preparedness planning; workforce competency; and demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or a response to a real event.

Project Public Health Ready honored the Health Department for having a thorough and coordinated emergency response plan in place, for exercising and using the plan during public health emergencies and for deploying well-trained staff members to quickly and effectively carry it out.

The award will be presented next March at the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Atlanta.

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