Are We Ready?
Public Health since 9/11
Publication Year: 2006
Are We Ready? begins with an examination of the experiences of local New York officials who were the first responders to 9/11 and follows them as events unfolded and as state and national authorities arrived. It goes on to analyze how various states dealt with changing federal funding for a variety of public health services. Using oral histories of CDC and other federal officials, the book then focuses on the federal reaction to 9/11 and anthrax. What emerges is a picture of dedicated public servants who were overcome by the emotions of the moment yet who were able to react in ways that significantly reduced the public anxiety and public health threat. Despite the extraordinary opportunity to revitalize and reinvigorate the nation’s public health infrastructure, the growing federal and state budget deficits, the refocusing of national attention on the war in Iraq, and the passage of time all combined to undermine many of the needed reforms to the nation’s public health defenses.
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Published by: University of California Press
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The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation thatworks to improve health by helping decision makers in the public andprivate sectors acquire and use the best available evidence to inform pol-icy for health care and population health. The Fund has engaged in non-partisan analysis and research on and communication about significant...
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This book was completed before the tragedy that destroyed much ofthousands were left homeless and hundreds dead after Hurricane Katrinastruck. Like those who responded to the attacks of September 11, 2001,those on the ground in the days after the hurricane inundated the regionperformed heroically while working among the most dangerous condi-...
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The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, shocked all Americans. Injust a few moments our sense of safety shattered as four airplanesattacked the American mainland for the first time in history. Theseattacks and the concerns about the possibility of bioterrorism followingthe anthrax episode a month later, together with the mobilization to...
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How can we understand the emotionally charged events surroundingSeptember 11, 2001? How can we begin to comprehend the impact onour psyches, our institutions, and our people of the World Trade Centercollapse, the attack on the Pentagon, and the crash of a jetliner in thefields of Pennsylvania? To what extent have these events permanently...
SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE SHIFTINGPRIORITIES OF PUBLIC AND POPULATIONHEALTH IN NEW YORK CITY
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September 11, 2001, affected virtually all aspects of American life, fromforeign policy and domestic security to philanthropy, social services, andhealth policy. Social welfare, public health, health care, and environmen-tal issues, generally seen as separate spheres, are now increasingly under-stood as interrelated components essential to the mental and social well-...
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,BIOTERRORISM, AND THE STATES
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The newspaper headlines were stark and eerie: “Efforts to Calm theNation’s Fears Spin Out of Control,” “Local Public Health Officials SeekHelp,” “This Is Not a Test,” “State Can’t Handle Bioterrorist Attack,”“Scared into Action.” And the pictures that accompanied them wereworse: investigators in moon suits; children ridden with smallpox; cold,...
THREEEMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS,BIOTERRORISM, AND THE CDC
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Public health activities have traditionally been understood as state andlocal functions. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, dis-ease surveillance and reporting, quarantine, vaccination campaigns, andtreatment—as well as sanitation and other preventive strategies—werecarried out largely by local and state health departments. The Centers for...
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What lessons are to be drawn from this historical account? September 11presented the public health community and those involved with popula-tion health more generally an immense opportunity to revitalize andrethink the nation’s health agenda. Politicians, administrators, and thegeneral public came to appreciate the vital role that public health agen-...
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...1. Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, telephone interview by Gerald2. Jane Bullock, quoted in S. B. Glasser and J. White, “Storm Exposed Disar-1. Richard Jackson, interview by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, May17, 2002. All subsequent quotations from Jackson are from this interview.2. Jeffrey Koplan, telephone interview by Gerald Markowitz and David Ros-...
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Page Count: 210
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public