In the shadow of September 11th, the federal government is pumping one million dollars into the new Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness. Center director Chris Atchison says the money from the U-S Department of Health and Human Services will help Iowa respond to emerging threats.He says it’ll help train people who’re on the front lines. Atchison says the Iowa City-based center is among 15 in the nation created to prepare the country’s public health care workers to respond to terrorist incidents and other health threats.He says these training funds will go a long way to help us cross-train people in the criminal justice and public health systems to appropriately respond to the threats we face. Atchison says a major conference is planned for April in Iowa City called “New Models for a New Reality: Improving Iowa’s Preparedness Capacity.”The meeting will bring together experts in health, education, law, business and media to identify strategies to strengthen Iowa’s preparedness capabilities. The meeting is slated for April 8th at the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa campus.
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