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Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEPR) Project for
Region VIII

In response to ongoing public health emergencies throughout the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to reestablish Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) as Centers for Public Health Preparedness and Response (CPHEPR) in Schools/Programs of public health among the 10 CDC regions. In preparation for this effort, they awarded several contracts designed to explore existing PHEPR capabilities and capacities, identify gaps, and then create 5-year work plans that include strategies and potential interventions for the identified focus areas. The plans will be used by the CPHEPR’s as they are stood up.

This CDC-funded project for Region VIII (Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota) is being directed by Dr. Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH, MPH, a Professor with the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah and Dr. Elaine Scallan Walter, the Director of the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) at the University of Colorado.

PHEP Region VIII Map

The project consists of three tasks. Click on each column to learn more about the task


Establish a regional Coordinating Body consisting of key stakeholders that represent organizations with public health emergency preparedness and response responsibilities at the local, state, tribal, and regional levels.


Establish a Coordinating Body focused on the 28 federally recognized tribes in Region VIII.


Establish a Community of Practice that will guide the development of a regional data ecosystem that is flexible and scalable such that it can be deployed even in the face of a rapidly evolving emergency.



Each Coordinating Body/Community of Practice will meet four times during this process. For Task 1, the Modified Delphi Process will be implemented to create a utilizable consensus that will be used as the basis of the CPHEPR 5-year work plan for Region VIII.

Click the link to learn more about the Modified Delphi Process.

PHEPR Project Timeline