This Forum meeting focused on the efforts of local health departments to build preparedness capabilities in response to bioterrorism threats. Convening local health directors from several jurisdictions across the country, the panel discussion explored the progress made and challenges inherent in building preparedness capacity. The session examined implementation of both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration cooperative agreement awards. The discussion explored the impact of the smallpox vaccination program on broader preparedness development efforts and the effect of fiscal pressures on local activities. Panelists provided highlights of their experiences and offered “lessons learned” to inform future funding decisions.
Susan Allan, MD, Health Director, Arlington County, Virginia; W. Kay Kent, RN, MS, Administrator/Health Officer, Lawrence-Douglas County (Kansas) Health Department; Lloyd F. Novick, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Onondaga County (New York) Health Department; Paul J. Wiesner, MD, Director, DeKalb County (Georgia) Board of Health
See also the related Background Paper.