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ORAU supports CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program with more than 70 communication tools and products.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent anthrax events uncovered weaknesses in our nation’s public health emergency preparedness and response infrastructure. As a result, Congress appropriated funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand its support of state and local public health preparedness nationwide, which led to the creation of CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program.

Since 2002, CDC has administered more than $11 billion through the PHEP Program to state, territorial and local public health departments. This funding, as well as the guidance, technical assistance and training provided through the PHEP Program, strengthens their ability to respond to and recover from public health threats, such as emerging infectious diseases, natural disasters and chemical events.

Over the past 15 years, ORAU has worked with CDC to conduct more than 30 community workshops and stakeholder meetings and develop more than 70 tools and communication products that enhance healthcare preparedness, delivery and response during a public health emergency.

The most recent tool ORAU has developed is the Online Technical Resource and Assistance Center, or On-TRAC, which provides health departments participating in the PHEP Program with a centralized source of information for emergency preparedness documents, guidance and tools as well as a way to support peer-to-peer collaboration.

Owing to success in supporting CDC’s PHEP Program, ORAU was awarded additional contracts recently to support CDC emergency response, public health, healthcare preparedness and communication efforts. As part of this work, ORAU continues to develop preparedness resources, communication products and multimedia platforms for CDC’s PHEP Program.

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