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CDC Taps ISU's Center for Food Security and Public Health to be National Specialty Center
October 7th, 2003
AMES, Iowa -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Food Security and Public Health a CDC Specialty Center in Public Health Preparedness for Veterinary Medicine and Zoonotic Diseases.
The Specialty Centers for Public Health Preparedness Program is a coordinated national effort that focuses on improving the capacity of frontline public health workers and clinicians to address current and emerging public health threats. It was established in 2000.
The 12 specialty centers are based at academic institutions and concentrate on education and training. They provide model public health practice curricula, information and training to support preparedness for bioterrorism, disease outbreak investigation and other public health emergencies.
"We are honored to be recognized by the CDC as the only Specialty Center for Public Health Preparedness to focus specifically on veterinary medicine and zoonotic diseases," said Dr. James Roth, director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health. "By integrating veterinary and human medical expertise, we can better serve the public health needs of the nation."
The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) was founded in July 2002 with support from the CDC. The ISU center integrates veterinary medicine and expertise in zoonotic diseases and public health with the ongoing activities and needs of the CDC. CFSPH focuses on awareness education on bioterrorism, zoonotic diseases and agroterrorism, and the formation of a Public Health Auxiliary Support Team for Emergency Response. The center also works to increase the number of veterinarians with master's of public health degrees, and organizes scientific conferences related to zoonotic and agroterrorism issues.
The 11 other CDC national specialty centers are listed below.
More information on CFSPH is available at http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/.
ContactsDr. James Roth, Center for Food Security and Public Health, (515) 294-8459
Dr. Gayle Brown, Center for Food Security and Public Health, (515) 294-7366
Teddi Barron, News Service, (515) 294-4778