CDC funds preparedness center

To ensure a swift, coordinated response to disasters, disease outbreaks and acts of terrorism, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health received a $4.5 million, five-year grant in February from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness.

Staff at the center, one of 52 nationwide, will assess the training needs of Connecticut’s public health work force, develop curricula and ensure that training is provided. The center will also expand the public health preparedness curriculum available at Yale.

Brian P. Leaderer, M.P.H. ’71, Ph.D. ’75, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health, is the principal investigator on the grant.

Linda C. Degutis, M.S.N. ’82, Dr.Ph. ’94, associate professor of surgery (emergency medicine) and of epidemiology and public health, is the director of the center.

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