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    The Southwest Center for Advanced Public Health Practice (APC) was based in Tarrant County Public Health where it served for nine years, developing sophisticated emergency preparedness tools and products. As an APC, it provided a learning laboratory for biosurveillance, syndromic surveillance, readiness assessment, and workforce development and training. It focused on radiological/nuclear disasters, volunteer recruitment and retention, and all-hazards preparedness.   During that time, using a unique “learning lab” environment, the Tarrant APC developed, tested and distributed 16 new guidance and training tools. These tools supported CDC’s designated 15 target capability standards for public health preparedness in local and state health departments.

    Some of its most popular products were:

    • “Building a Public Health Community of Practice – A Biosurveillance Resource Compendium,” 
    • “Core Training for Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers,”
    • “Pre-school and School Health Surveillance Guide.”

    The tools continue to be used by local health departments and hospitals nationwide.

    For access to these tools, go to the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) website.