TABLE 8–3 Centers for Public Health Preparedness



Academic centers

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Public Health

University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

University of Iowa College of Public Health

University of South Florida College of Public Health

St. Louis University School of Public Health

Specialty centers

Dartmouth College Medical School Interactive Media Laboratory

Saint Louis University School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Georgetown University Law Center

University of Findlay (Ohio) National Center of Excellence for Environmental Management

Local exemplar centers

DeKalb County Health Department

Denver Public Health

Monroe County Health Department

campuses across the United States that support and facilitate student and faculty work in communities; (2) the National Service-Learning Exchange, which provides training and technical assistance to service-learning programs; (3) campus compact (a national organization of more than 750 college and university presidents), which offers workshops, tool kits, and publications aimed at encouraging student and faculty involvement in community and public service; (4) research opportunities and studies; and (5) a planned National Center for Service-Learning Research (Howard, 2001).

Barriers and Solutions

There are barriers to establishing successful collaborations and partnerships. Clark (1999) outlined four barriers or gaps:

  • Communication—a lack of a shared language and emphases;

  • Access—little access to skilled public health faculty by some practitioners and communities;

  • Credibility—practitioner skepticism of academic understanding and vice versa; and

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