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The National Ebola Training and Education Center: Preparing the United States for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens

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Title

The National Ebola Training and Education Center: Preparing the United States for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens

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The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) was established in 2015 in response to the 2014-2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.

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2017-06-01

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Kratochvil, C. J., L. Evans, B. S. Ribner, J. J. Lowe, M. C. Harvey, R. C. Hunt, A. J. Tumpey, R. P. Fagan, M. M. Schwedhelm, S. Bell, J. Maher, C. S. Kraft, N. V. Cagliuso, Sr., S. Vanairsdale, A. Vasa and P. W. Smith (2017). "The National Ebola Training and Education Center: Preparing the United States for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens." Health Secur 15(3): 253-260.

Abstract

The National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) was established in 2015 in response to the 2014-2016 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. The US Department of Health and Human Services office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sought to increase the competency of healthcare and public health workers, as well as the capability of healthcare facilities in the United States, to deliver safe, efficient, and effective care to patients infected with Ebola and other special pathogens nationwide. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, Emory University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine were awarded this cooperative agreement, based in part on their experience in safely and successfully evaluating and treating patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States. In 2016, NETEC received a supplemental award to expand on 3 initial primary tasks: (1) develop metrics and conduct peer review assessments; (2) develop and provide educational materials, resources, and tools, including exercise design templates; (3) provide expert training and technical assistance; and, to add a fourth task, create a special pathogens clinical research network.

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