The influential University of Pittsburgh Center for BiosecurityÂ has just released a series of “Biosecurity Memos to the Obama Administration” with “strategic recommendations regarding priorities for U.S. biosecurity as well as an array of specific program recommendations.”
One of the papers is titled,Â ”Expanding The Public’s Role In Health Emergency Policy”,Â written byÂ Monica Schoch-Spana,Â Brooke Courtney andÂ Ann Norwood. It offers a series of important ideas to increase citizen involvement including:
ô°€The Administration should work with Congress to fund public preparedness and community resilience at levels commensurate with their official status as core features of public health security.
ô°€CDC should help augment state and local health departments’ capacity to build partnerships with community and faith-based organizations and local businesses.
ô°€CDC should enable community- and faith-based organizations, especially those who represent vulnerable populations, to collaborate more easily with health and disaster agencies.
ô°€The Administration should urge Congress to authorize legal protections for nonprofit and business entities that act in good faith during a public health emergency.Â
ô°€CDC should equip more state and local health agencies with the skills to engage the public in health emergency management policy decisions.
ô°€The Administration should increase volunteer opportunities for Americans to protect the health, safety, andÂ security of their hometowns.
More details can be found in the memoÂ here.