Operationalizing Public Health Skills to Resource Poor Settings: Is This the Achilles Heel in the Ebola Epidemic Campaign?

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Sustainable approaches to crises, especially non-trauma-related public health emergencies, are severely lacking. At present, the Ebola crisis is defining the operational public health skill sets for infectious disease epidemics that are not widely known or appreciated. Indigenous and foreign medical teams will need to adapt to build competency-based curriculum and standards of care for the future that concentrate on public health emergencies. Only by adjusting and adapting specific operational public health skill sets to resource poor environments will it be possible to provide sustainable prevention and preparedness initiatives that work well across cultures and borders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-46
Number of pages3
JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 7 2015



  • Ebola
  • disaster medicine
  • epidemics
  • epidemiology
  • global health
  • global health security
  • public health emergencies
  • resource poor settings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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