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In response to the 2001 anthrax and 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program to ensure state and local public health systems are able to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. Since the program’s launch, there has been increased pressure to demonstrate how federal investments enhance the ability of our nation's public health systems to respond to public health emergencies.

To address this need, CDC contracted ORAU to provide project management and communication support of the Preparedness Impact Project. In May 2015, ORAU partnered with the Directors of Public Health Preparedness (DPHPs), CDC, and national committees and associations to launch the project.

In support of this project, ORAU provides the following services:

  • Design, publishing, and maintenance of the Preparedness Impact Project website
  • Development of clear and action-oriented communication materials (e.g., templates, talking points)
  • Project management of the Preparedness Impact Project Steering Committee
  • Spokesperson training and education
  • Evaluation and analysis of outreach efforts

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response needs, contact Marcus Weseman, M.P.A., vice president and senior associate director, Health Communication programs, at 865.576.3420 or marcus.weseman@orau.org.