The anthrax attacks of 2001 exposed serious shortcomings in the response of the U.S. health care system to meet such threats seriously. The health infrastructure necessary reconstruction, to respond to any kind of major health emergency. The department of public health at Penville district had been charged with the implementation of emergency preparedness and response system for the county. Federal funds were made available to the county to develop a contingency planning infrastructure meets the requi … Read more »

The anthrax attacks of 2001 exposed serious shortcomings in the response of the U.S. health care system to meet such threats seriously. The health infrastructure necessary reconstruction, to respond to any kind of major health emergency. The department of public health at Penville district had been charged with the implementation of emergency preparedness and response system for the county. Federal funds were made available to the county to develop an emergency preparedness infrastructure that meets the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said conditions. County officials had to coordinate their efforts to ensure agency to provide seamless communication, coordination and information sharing between different departments within the Public Health Department, external entities and the state of public health. Focuses on the director of the department of public health and the challenges he faced. Examines issues related to the structure, organization, culture and technology infrastructure.
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Lynda M. Applegate
Ajay Vinze,
Minu Ipe
Source: Harvard Business School
13 pages.
Release date: 30 November 2005. Prod #: 806089-PDF-ENG
County Department of Public Health: Organizing for Emergency Preparedness and Response HBR case solution