A Community-Based Approach to Pandemic Preparedness and Response

The need to strengthen our health systems and protect society’s most vulnerable communities and populations is magnified during an infectious disease outbreak. The capacity of communities of low- and middle-income areas of the world’s ability to protect themselves against and to manage such threats is only as strong as the reach of physical resources and trusted, evidence-based messaging. CEID’s work seeks to understand what communities value during public health crises and how they access information and resources. Our aim is to improve community resilience through engagement of local leaders, bridging gaps between traditional health systems and community partners, and addressing the unique needs of the most vulnerable in our communities — with attention to frontline workers — so as to increase pandemic preparedness.

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