Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

About Us


Public Health Practices is a joint project of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

The mission of Public Health Practices is to serve as a one-stop shop for tools and strategies to respond to the health consequences of disasters and emergencies. Materials made available on the site represent concrete preparedness and response practices from state and local health departments, government agencies at all levels, and colleges and universities.

Features of Public Health Practices include:

  • More than 300 public health practices in 9 categories of emergency preparedness and disaster response from state and local health agencies, community-based organizations, and colleges and universities.
  • In-depth stories on how state and local projects were created, communications materials in more than 40 languages, and tools like job action sheets and media campaigns.
  • Expert reviewers' commentary on a practice's effectiveness, reach, sustainability, feasibility, and transferability. Please note: expert review is only available for a select number of practices.
  • A regular e-newsletter featuring our newest practices and other updates from the CIDRAP Public Health Practices staff.
  • The ability to search for practices based on geography, available languages, and key topics in preparedness and response.

If you're interested in learning more about the Public Health Practices project, please take the time to read about our history and background, our CIDRAP staff, and the partners that make this site possible.

If you're interested in submitting a practice from your jurisdiction, we'd love to hear from you. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines and process, or .