4 States, 1 Territory to Develop Strategies for Public Health Preparedness, Response

Minnesota, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Washington and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have been selected to participate in a National Governors Association workshop where they will develop strategic action plans to implement during public health emergencies.

Natural and human-caused public health disasters can overwhelm states’ emergency response capabilities, which may result in widespread injury or loss of life. States not only have to plan and respond to diseases of national significance, such as Ebola and the Zika virus, but also confront other public health threats resulting from floods, earthquakes, water supply contamination and other hazards.

The NGA workshop is an opportunity for governors, legislators and key state staff to gain greater awareness of policy solutions to mitigate the consequences of public health emergencies. During the workshop, state teams will have access to national experts through virtual meetings and regular conference calls with NGA staff and partner organizations. The workshop will take place June 25-26, 2019.

This project is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To learn more about the NGA Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, click here.