While we have responded to public health emergencies on an as-needed basis since the Chicago Board of Health was founded in 1835 to confront a cholera epidemic, the Chicago Department of Public Health began building a permanent emergency preparedness and response capability in 1998.
Our activities accelerated greatly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; and today we are better equipped than ever to respond to public health threats in Chicago----everything from deliberate releases of biological and chemical agents, to extreme weather conditions, and to epidemics and pandemics of influenza and other communicable diseases.
We work closely with other City agencies, including the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, to ensure a coordinated and effective City response to emergencies involving public health.
We have built and continue to strengthen our ties with other important organizations across the metropolitan area, including hospitals and other health care providers; suburban, state and federal public health agencies; business and industry; academia; faith-based and community organizations, the news media, and much more.
With continuous quality improvement as our goal, we regularly evaluate and stress-test our emergency response operations----both in drills and in real-world crises.
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|Sep 11, 2012||CDPH Encourages Residents to "Pledge to Prepare" by Making a Kit during National Preparedness Month|
|Jan 13, 2012||Chicago Department of Public Health Encourages Participation in Illinois Helps Program.|
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|Jul 15, 2010||City Issues Reminder About Heat/Humidity Dangers|