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Emergency preparedness among U.S. hospitals a potential story for your community

Public health emergencies happen. From a severe flu season or measles outbreaks to a massive wildfire or hurricane, count on them to be a mainstay of covering health. It can be helpful to understand – ahead of time – how the government and other organziations have tried to prepare for these types of incidents.

Much of the challenge is that most of the nation’s health system belongs to private and non-governmental entities. Getting together to plan for a major disaster isn’t a top priority, health experts say.

Bara Vaida, AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases, offers background on planning, funding and organizations, as well as story ideas and contact information for sources.

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