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Allentown Health Bureau recognized for emergency preparedness

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has recognized the Allentown Health Bureau for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.

In order to receive the honor, the bureau was required to meet the benchmarks set by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 450 local health departments across the country have been received the special recognition.

“The Allentown Health Bureau is honored to have been recognized as Project Public Health Ready,” said Director Vicky Kistler. 

“The hard work and dedication to public health emergency response activities has resulted in increased ability to respond when needed," she said. "We work continuously to improve our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crisis in the city.”

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said he is "extremely proud of the work of the Allentown Health Bureau on a daily basis... whether it involves clinics at the bureau, food protection inspections in establishments across this city or in this case emergency preparedness, the public can be confident in the bureau’s ability to get the job done.”

The new PPHR recognition shows the Allentown Health Bureau has an efficient emergency response plan in place to protect the health of the community during an emergency.

“When disaster strikes, it affects local communities, and local health departments are a critical part of any first response to disease outbreaks, emergencies, and acts of terrorism,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, NACCHO Executive Director.

“NACCHO commends the Allentown Health Bureau for being a model of public health emergency preparedness.”

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