The Trust for America's Health, Washington, released a report commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the anthrax attacks of that time that includes more than 30 essays on public health's role during the attacks, as well as reports on how the country has responded.
Report examines role of public health during 9/11
The 92-page report, Remembering 9/11 and Anthrax: Public Health's Vital Role in National Defense, includes essays from such people as Dr. Dan Hanfling, special adviser on emergency preparedness and disaster response to the Inova Health System, Falls Church, Va.; Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health; and Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response in HHS.
“The top lesson we learn and relearn in each tragedy and emergency is that being prepared means we must sustain enough resources and vigilance so we can prevent what we can and respond when we have to,” wrote Lowell Weicker Jr., former U.S. senator and governor of Connecticut, and current president of the board at Trust for America's Health.
The report also includes analysis of how well-prepared the U.S. healthcare system is for disaster drawn largely from a report from the not-for-profit group in December.
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