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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice

November 2005, Volume 11 Number 6 - Supplement: November/December 2005 , p S4 - S10


  • Melanie Livet, PhD(c)
  • Jane Richter, DrPH, RN
  • LuAnne Ellison, MPH
  • Bill Dease, MA
  • Lawrence McClure, PhD
  • Charles Feigley, PhD
  • Donna L. Richter, EdD


From November 2003 to May 2004, the University of South Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control cosponsored a 6-month-long Academy for Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Six-member teams made up of public health staff and community partner representatives (N = 78) attended from their respective health districts. The Academy consisted of three 6-day training sessions designed to prepare the teams to complete a team-based covert biological bioterrorism tabletop exercise. Program evaluation results revealed increases in (1) public health emergency preparedness core competencies; (2) capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate a tabletop exercise; and (3) successful collaboration and partnership formation between participating Public Health District teams and their local partner agencies. Lessons learned are also described.

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