Public Health Emergency Preparedness Recognition
January 27, 2011
Fairfax County Health Department Earns Public Health Emergency Preparedness Recognition
The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) has been recognized as "public health ready" by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). This designation acknowledges the agency's readiness to respond to public health emergencies, including emerging and infectious diseases, bioterrorism, natural disasters, and other public health threats.
“The health department is constantly improving its readiness,” said Fairfax County Director of Health Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H. “Although NACCHO has recognized our recent strides, we must remember that one of the most important factors in our community’s ability to respond to an emergency is the preparedness of our residents.” Residents of the Fairfax community are encouraged to visit the Fairfax County emergency information webpage to learn more about preparing themselves and their families.
Project Public Health Ready (PPHR)-a unique partnership between NACCHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-required FCHD to meet recognized benchmarks in public health preparedness in three key areas: emergency preparedness planning; workforce competency; and demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or a response to a real event.
"This accomplishment is the result of collaboration among our key internal and external stakeholders who tirelessly plan, train, and routinely respond to real-life emergencies," said Fairfax County Health Department Public Health Emergency Management Coordinator Marc Barbiere. "We are pleased NACCHO has recognized our efforts to protect the public and we will continue working with the community to ensure our collective preparedness."
The Fairfax County Health Department is among 163 local public health departments in the country that have been recognized by NACCHO's Project Public Health Ready.
"NACCHO commends Fairfax County Health Department for being a model of public health emergency preparedness," said NACCHO Executive Director Robert Pestronk. "The public health system is making great strides thanks to the good work of leaders in local public health preparedness such as Fairfax County Health Department."
For more information on all Project Public Health Ready recognized sites and project tools and resources, visit the NACCHO website.