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Lessons Learned from North Carolina Public Health Regional Surveillance Teams' Regional Exercises.
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PMID:  21361796     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
All-hazards exercises bring together emergency response partners at the local, regional, state, and federal levels for the primary purposes of testing response plans, defining roles and responsibilities, assessing capabilities, and making necessary improvements prior to an actual incident. To better understand the benefits and challenges of conducting regional (ie, multicounty) exercises, a study was carried out by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. This article describes 5 all-hazards regional exercises conducted by Public Health Regional Surveillance Teams (PHRSTs) in North Carolina in 2009 and highlights 4 unique benefits that resulted from the exercises beyond meeting explicit objectives to test plans and identify areas for improvement: (1) building relationships among response partners, (2) promoting public health assets, (3) testing multiple communications systems, and (4) training exercise evaluators. Challenges of planning and conducting regional exercises also are addressed, followed by recommendations for maximizing the effectiveness of regional public health exercises.
Jennifer Hegle; Milissa Markiewicz; Philip Benson; Jennifer Horney; Richard Rosselli; Pia Macdonald
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biosecurity and bioterrorism : biodefense strategy, practice, and science     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-850X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101156085     Medline TA:  Biosecur Bioterror     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Jennifer Hegle, MPH, is a Research Associate; Milissa Markiewicz, MPH, MIA, is a Research Associate; Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, is Research Assistant Professor in Epidemiology and Deputy Director; Richard Rosselli, MPH, is a Research Associate; and Pia MacDonald, PhD, MPH, is a Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director; all are at the University of North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina , Chapel Hill, NC. Philip Benson, MPH, MEP, is Exercise Planner/Evaluator at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Raleigh, NC.
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