To Protect and Prevent: Rebuilding California’s Public Health System


In reviewing California’s ability to respond to emergencies after the events of September 11, 2001, the Commission concluded that “the largest single weakness revealed by the terrorist attacks is the public health system.” The Commission recommended that “the State needs to fashion immediate and long-term improvements to public health assets,” and toward that end the Commission conducted this detailed review.

For this study, the Commission examined California’s public health system and the most serious threats posed by the failing public health system. The Commission also reviewd strategies for improving, leveraging and potentially reorganizing public health functions to better safeguard the public.

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