Ebola highlights public health crisis

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Death of Ebola patient in Dallas highlights problems in health system, Irwin Redlener says Federal funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program has been slashed, he says U.S. has seen loss of 50,000 public health workers in less than decade, Redlener says Read the full Op-Ed here.

Children's Health Fund Pledges $2.5 Million for NCDP

The Children’s Health Fund, a national organization that supports pediatric care for underserved children, recently announced its renewed support for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness with a $2.5 million pledge. Over the past decade, the center has engaged in a number of projects funded by the fund, with a focus on several areas of mutual interest including preparing children, …

Experts lament cuts in funds for disaster preparedness

The United States is grappling with increased threats from catastrophic disasters. It is against this backdrop that the federal and state governments have made significant cuts to disaster preparedness funding as they have grappled with budget shortfalls and growing debt. Dr. Irwin Redlener provides some insights.

America Unprepared: Are Budget Cuts Undermining National Disaster Readiness?

Center Director Irwin Redlener, MD discusses the implications of funding cuts to preparedness and response programs and training. NCDP’s own Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also facing serious cutbacks.  “In fact, overall preparedness and response funding within the U.S Departments of Health and …

Domestic Preparedness Cuts in the Current Federal Budget Threaten Infrastructure Gains and Public Health Preparedness

Recent cuts in the federal budget have serious implications for the country’s preparedness and response standing. In mid-May, federal agencies released their final FY11 budgets. Much of the country’s funding for homeland security and public health preparedness resides in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budgets. Preparedness …