Strengthening Public Health

Kaiser Permanente is contributing $1 million to public health organizations and collaborating with the CDC Foundation to strengthen the U.S public health infrastructure and response systems to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The organizations to receive the funding include the American Public Health Association, ASTHO, Big Cities Health Coalition, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, County Health Executives Association of California, Health Officers Association of California, NACCHO, National Health Law Program, Network for Public Health Law, Public Health Institute, and Trust for America’s Health.

The contribution for $1 million will enable these organizations to work closely with state and local health officers will support responding to public health threats. The funds with help focus on rapidly sharing emerging evidence and data plus align effective protocols and policies in order to provide accurate information as it becomes available

The CDC Foundation helps CDC work with philanthropies, corporations, organizations, and individuals to protect the health of America and the world. The Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private sector resources to support CDC.

Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has launched more than 1,000 programs and raised over $900 million and this year, the Foundation activated their Emergency Response Fund to respond to COVID-19.

”Public-private collaboration and intergovernmental coordination are critically important in creating effective outbreak response” said, Bechara Choucair MD, Chief Health Officer at Kaiser Permanente. “These groups have immense breadth and depth of experience addressing public health issues and can ensure alignment with the healthcare ecosystem.”

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