Public health preparedness and response capacity inventory validity study

Julia Field Costich, F. Douglas Scutchfield

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Practice Program Office has issued a Public Health Preparedness and Response Capacity Inventory to help state and local public health systems assess their progress towards achievement of the critical capacities and benchmarks specified in the federal Supplemental Funds for Public Health Preparedness and Responsefor Bioterrorism. The criterion validity of the capacity inventory was assessed by comparing selected state and local agency responses with documentation provided by the agencies to corroborate their answers. Content validity assessment took theform of a mailed survey that also identified the most important questions from the perspective of a separate set of state and local officials. Responses generally upheld the validity of the capacity inventory, although circumstantial threats to validity were identified inthe testing process. The instrument’s use has been reported to the Centers for Disease Controland Prevention byapproximately half the states and over 800 local publichealth entities. An interactive electronic version includes a scoring mechanism that allows agencies to judge progress towards thecritical capacities and benchmarks over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-233
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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