On September 1, 2002, the Erie County Department of Health established the Office of Public Health Preparedness with funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Office of Public Health Preparedness enhances Erie County’s capacity to detect and respond to biological attacks, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health threats and emergencies.
Preparedness, Planning and Assessment
Public Health Preparedness assesses the public health system’s capacity to respond to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and public health threats and emergencies. Based on the assessment, the county has prepared a public health emergency response plan for the detection and response to such events. In addition, the county has developed a plan to manage the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) and a smallpox pre-event/post event plan.
Surveillance and Epidemiology
Because we do not know what new diseases will arise, we must always be alert and prepared to address and respond to any new infectious diseases.
The Erie County Department of Health will provide guidance in the area of infectious disease surveillance, investigations and interventions utilizing public health principles and epidemiological methodologies to health-care personnel and the community.
Public health surveillance data systems procedures are used to improve detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism events and other public health threats and emergencies.