Grand County Public Health earns emergency preparedness recognition
Ryan Summerlin February 17, 2012
As local health departments nationwide strive to protect the public from new and infectious diseases, bioterrorism, natural disasters, and other public health threats, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has recognized Grand County Public Health for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.
Grand County Public Health met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a partnership between NACCHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness,” said Brene Belew-LaDue, RN, Director of Grand County Public Health.
Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a thorough evaluation process by peer review. PPHR required Grand County Public Health to meet expectations in public health preparedness in three key areas: preparedness planning; workforce competency; and demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or a response to a real event.
The recognition confirms that Grand County Public Health has an emergency response plan in place, the plan is connected to other jurisdictional emergency response plans, agency staff members are trained, and the plan is exercised and used during public health emergencies.
For more information call Grand County Public Health, 970-725-3288, or visit http://co.grand.co.us/publichealth.html