From 2000 to 2002, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, Baltimore, worked to educate and promote communications among medical and public health professionals and policy-makers about bioterrorism, emerging infections and emergency preparedness.
The dual threats of new or emerging infections and bioterrorism present urgent and complex challenges to the nation's public health system. Yet these threats have arisen as the capabilities of the public health infrastructure to monitor and respond to infectious disease outbreaks are eroding. In 1998, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that the public health system in the United States is "in disarray."
During the grant period, the center: