Identifying and communicating public health implications of new and emerging infections

This project will engage multidisciplinary groups of professionals in efforts to identify critical issues and possible policy options related to medical and public health response to epidemic problems, including those caused by bioterrorism, and to develop tools to communicate these findings to leaders in government, the health care sector and the public health community. A key aspect of the project is creating the means to engage and educate diverse policy makers and professional leaders and in creating effective and efficient response systems. A particular focus will be placed on engaging policy makers, including members of Congress and their staffs. The policy analysis and educational efforts will be pursued and the results disseminated through a number of methods. These include convening and hosting multidisciplinary groups of medical and public health professionals, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), government officials and policy makers; the enhancement of a new electronic bulletin for Congressional staff to provide substantive information about medical and public health activities and their pertinence to epidemic threats; and continued dissemination activities through the Center's Web site and publication of the Biodefense Quarterly. The site currently receives an average of 4,700 visitor sessions per month. The Biodefense Quarterly is a newsletter dedicated to raising awareness, fostering prevention and informing response to the threats of epidemic diseases, including those caused by biological weapons. It is directed to policy makers and medical and public health practitioners, and, since its inception, the Quarterly's circulation has grown to over 1,200 subscribers. The principal outcomes will be an analysis of the critical medical and public health capacities needed to respond effectively to epidemics and policy recommendations regarding possible means of establishing such capacities, particularly at the state and local levels. It is anticipated that these new policy recommendations will present ways to reunite medical and public health communities in their shared role as primary responders to epidemics.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 8/28/2000

Time frame: 9/1/2000 - 8/31/2002

Grant Number: 39554


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, 21287-0005


Donald A. Henderson
Project Director


Tara O'Toole
Project Director