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Emergency Response Overview
 
The emergency response component of the PNWRCE works to improve regional response to emerging pathogens and bioterrorism.  This includes providing training to improve our capacity for response in the future.

PNWRCE has developed a regional collaboration involving the major academic medical centers in the region and all four northwest state health departments (Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Idaho).    Our goal is to link laboratory, epidemiologic, and clinical experts throughout the region. 

PNWRCE works closely with the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD).   The OPHD is one of ten CDC-funded Emerging Infections Program sites within the United States.   OHSU provides OPHD and surrounding public health agencies with specialized epidemiologic and laboratory training, clinical infectious disease expertise, and emergency response capacity. OPHD and the PNWRCE have partnered to train interns and fellows in all aspects of outbreak response and communicable disease control.

We have also developed a training-and-response network that involves the state health departments of Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. The combined response capacity of the four collaborating Northwest state health departments, along with the research and training capacity of OHSU and the University Washington, allows the PNWRCE to rapidly detect and respond to bioterrorist and emerging infectious disease threats.