The University of California-Los Angeles has received a four-year, $4.8 million grant to establish a center that will facilitate research to strengthen the ability of federal, state and local public health agencies to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and human-induced disasters, including terrorism.
The award, which totals $4.8 million over four years, will allow the university to create the Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center.
The grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will support three independent research projects designed to explore the interorganizational cooperation necessary to create and sustain a public health system that is resilient to disasters.
These research projects will:
- Improve collaboration between local school systems and public health agencies to enhance preparedness.
- Build effective public health partnerships with community-based and faith-based organizations for disaster readiness.
- Conduct community-based participatory research to develop environmental health emergency resilience.
"A coordinated public health system is critical to ensure an effective, timely response to public health emergencies and disasters," said Kimberley Shoaf, the new center’s director.