The Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness (CIDER) is a CDC Center for Public Health Preparedness based at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. We are part of a national network of public health preparedness training centers. Our mission is to educate and train frontline public health staff to improve their ability to detect, investigate, and respond to microbial threats through education, training, evaluation, and research.
Our vision is to have a fully staffed, equipped and trained public health workforce that effectively and efficiently prevents, detects, investigates, and responds to microbial threats and other public health emergencies.
Our mission is to improve the ability of frontline public health professionals to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to microbial threats and other public health emergencies through readiness education and training, and research.
Our guiding principles express our values and guide our decisions:
- Promote collaborative learning;
- Provide accessible and affordable trainings;
- Assess, promote, and use evidence-based practices;
- Prioritize work based on explicit public health criteria;
- Promote and implement innovative, state-of-the-art methods and approaches;
- Collaborate with stakeholders, partners, and other agencies; and
- Act as a community resource by having open communication of methods, processes, and results.
Center for Infectious Diseases & Emergency Readiness
The Association of Bay Area Health Officials (ABAHO) is a regional network of 13 local health jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since the early 1980’s the ABAHO network has brought together representatives from Bay Area health departments to address issues ranging from the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to pandemic influenza preparedness. Utilizing both a health officials committee and a public health preparedness subcommittee, the ABAHO network leverages the expertise and resources of local health departments to advance regional public health and promote communication and collaboration among neighboring counties.
When it matters most, to make decisions, set priorities, or allocate resources we must rank and select among available options ("alternatives"). To accomplish this we develop and weight criteria, and then evaluate the alternatives against these criteria. More important criteria should have higher weights. For important decisions we should use science-based, objective measurements and methods to derive criteria weights. In this tutorial we cover how to use the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) to derive criteria weights. More specifically, we illustrate how to conduct pair-wise comparisons of criteria with respect to importance, likelihood, or preference. For numerical calculations, we use R---an open source programming language for statistical computing and graphics.
Barriers and Facilitators to Agency Participation in the 2010 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise in California
Following a multi-agency, multi-level statewide functional exercise in California, we distributed a web-based survey to exercise participants to identify factors that promoted organizational participation in the exercise. To our knowledge, this is the first systematic attempt to understand which factors influence organizational participation in statewide exercises. Awareness of these factors will be useful for promoting participation in future exercises and enable state officials to prioritize resources for the design and conduct of statewide exercises.This paper focuses on factors that encouraged participation, particularly that of local health departments.