CHHS Expands Public Health Work with Prince George’s County

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Press Release: Furthering a first-time partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department that began in July 2014, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is providing a Communicable Disease Educator for the county’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (PHEP&R). This position will utilize grant funding received by the County to enhance communicable disease education and outreach within the local community, through the development of online training materials and health alerts regarding infectious diseases such as Ebola.

Under the existing contract with Prince George’s County, which has been extended for a second year, CHHS analyst, Christine Gentry, conducts workforce development trainings and exercises to boost emergency preparedness, as well as provides logistical support for the PHEP&R. The Center’s Exercise and Training team also developed a series of exercises to test the County’s Cities Readiness Initiative Plans, which culminated with a full-scale medical countermeasures distribution exercise on April 9, 2015.

With more than 50 legal and public health professionals on staff, CHHS routinely works with hospitals and local health departments to develop emergency policies, as well as conduct and evaluate exercises to test response capabilities. The Center’s public health clients have included the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, the Maryland Region III Health and Medical Task Force, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Carroll County Health Department, the Baltimore City Health Department, and many area hospitals.  Additionally, through the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, the Center also developed and continues to teach the course Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response.

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