The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) published the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities in March of 2011. Formally titled the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning, the capabilities remain in effect today.
The PHEP Capabilities represent a national public health standard for state and local preparedness that better prepares state and local health departments for responding to public health emergencies and incidents and supports the accomplishment of the10 Essential Public Health Services. Each of the public health preparedness capabilities identifies priority resource elements that are relevant to both routine public health activities and essential public health services.
The Capabilities create national standards for public health preparedness capability-based planning and will assist state and local planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities, and developing plans for building and sustaining capabilities. These standards are designed to accelerate state and local preparedness planning, provide guidance and recommendations for preparedness planning, and, ultimately, assure safer, more resilient, and better prepared communities.
The CDC identified the following 15 capabilities as the basis for state and local public health preparedness: