The September 11, 2001 tragedies and other recent catastrophic events have emphasized the importance of our nation's public health system. Then, in 2009-10, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic reminded us of the very real need for us to be able to respond to not only man-made events, but natural potential health threats as well. Preparing adequately for public health emergencies requires continual and coordinated efforts that involve every level of government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.
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