About the Center

In September 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with the Association of Schools of Public Health to develop a national network of public health preparedness centers.  Funded by CDC since 2002, the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness provides highly relevant emergency preparedness training, resources, and assistance to public health professionals and their community response partners across New York State and the nation.   The Center has established itself as a national leader in the production of high-quality, award-winning educational programs, including in-person trainings, satellite and archived presentations, interactive, web-based training and academic courses.   The Center also provides technical assistance related to planning and implementing drills and exercises, as well as evaluation support for all the above activities.

Center Staff

Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH

Mary F. Riley-Jacome, M.A.

Sharleen Brittell, Administrative Assistant


Blanca Angelica Gonzalez-Parker, RN, MPH




These projects are supported under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grant number 5U90TP000404-05. The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.