258904 Qualitative Analysis of CDC's External Public Health Practitioner Member Organizations' Preparedness Funded Activities, 2005-2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Catherine Sager, MPH, CHES , Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Stephanie A. Dopson, MSW, MPH, ScD Candidate , Office of Infectious Diseases/Influenza Coordination Unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Ellen Y. Wan, MPH , Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Learning Objectives: To analyze funding and activities of external public health practitioner member organizations' (member organizations) preparedness and emergency response activities from 2005-2012.

Issues: From 2005- 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) and Influenza Coordination Unit (ICU) distributed a total of $36,400,000 to member organizations to collaborate with OPHPR and ICU in preparedness activities with state and local public health departments and academic institutions. Member organizations include the American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and National Emergency Management Association (NEMA).

Description: Program and policy staff undertook a retrospective evaluation analyzing program activities across multiple cooperative agreements to determine if practitioner communities met their programmatic and rapid-cycle improvement goals.

Lessons Learned: Activities were qualitatively coded into the most commonly identified categories. The most frequently identified categories were Communication, Stakeholder Engagement, and Collaboration. Other identified categories included Administrative, Development of Materials, Programmatic, Technical Assistance, Training, Travel, Exercise and Response, Salary Support, and Measurement and Evaluation. Results include fiscal analysis of funds spent by category.

Recommendations: Member organizations provide an important collaborative venue for communicating with state and local officials. However, ongoing fiscal constraints may necessitate the need for innovation including strategic alignment of resources, leveraging of new technologies, and prioritization of funded activities around communication endeavors, stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and technical assistance.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze CDC-funded preparedness program activities conducted by external public health practitioner member organizations by budget category

Keywords: Emergency, Outcome Measures

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently leading qualitative evaluation efforts for the Partnership team in PHPR analyzing cooperative agreement activities with partners since 2005. In 2007, I led a quantitative analysis on Enteric Disease in Duval County, FL. This analysis provdied me the background information on properly analyzing and coding data for my current position.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.