ICF is a key partner to U.S. federal and state agencies in the development and execution of efforts to address the most pressing global health security issues.
Issues of global health—acute outbreaks like Ebola and Zika or long-term conditions such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic—know no borders in our increasingly interconnected and globalized world. Lesser-known diseases may present enormous challenges for national security, global trade and transportation, political stability, and development.
ICF offers the reach and impact to address global health security issues across all parts of the world—from remote areas where outbreaks may first occur to the halls of federal and state agencies coordinating preparedness, prevention, detection, response, and recovery to the communities on the front line of the next global health crisis.
For more than 30 years, ICF has provided a range of coordination, planning, training, communication, monitoring, evaluation, and program management services to assist these agencies in preventing, detecting, and responding to global health security issues—both domestically and internationally.
ICF bridges the U.S. domestic response to global health security issues with broad international reach. With networks and experience throughout the entire world and decades of experience working on public health issues, ICF has deep expertise in key areas, including surveillance; survey research; program evaluation; training and technical assistance; planning, response, and recovery support; data collection and analysis; strategic communications; and risk communications. Internationally, ICF implements the Demographic and Health Surveys Program, which provides technical assistance to more than 300 surveys in 90+ countries and domestically supports the Medical Reserves Corps (MRC), a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network comprises more than 900 community-based units and more than 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories.
National preparedness requires tremendous coordination among U.S. federal, state, and local agencies to ensure common understanding of the issues, clear chain of command, and coordinated response and recovery to the public health and medical consequences of disasters and emergencies. ICF brings together public health, emergency management, disaster medicine, and a healthcare preparedness personnel along with first responders to plan, organize, equip, train, and exercise for effective responses and recovery from public health incidents. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), ICF is developing a Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) for all partners—at the federal, state, local, and nonprofit and for-profit levels—to have access to information and resources throughout the continuum of tiers of public health and healthcare system preparedness, response, and recovery. TRACIE will provide stakeholders access to information, share promising practices, and identify and remedy knowledge gaps for private citizens as well as local, state, and federal officials.
ICF has assisted local jurisdictions in strengthening disaster preparedness by conducting large-scale disaster simulation training for the New York New Jersey Connecticut Pennsylvania Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Team and prepared jurisdiction- and region-specific preparedness and response plans for public health, emergency medical services, and health and medical surge for the national capital region. Our multifaceted solutions address policy- and decision-making; communications; planning; communications; resource coordination; personnel management; and policy, procedure, and plan implementation training and evaluation
At ICF, we are committed to preventing the next outbreaks before they spread. From Ebola to Avian Flu, countries least prepared for the complexity of global health security issues require significant contextual understanding, ability to conduct surveillance to remote and data-poor regions, building sustainable capacities, and integrating approaches with ongoing programming. We bring more than 30 years of experience helping international development agencies build sustainable public health programs throughout the developing world, including supporting USAID's Emerging Pandemic Threats initiative, cost analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) programs under PEPFAR, and working with the CDC Caribbean Regional Office and the U.S. Government Strategic Information Working Group in South Africa to strengthen PEPFAR-funded countries' capacity to implement and monitor HIV testing and counseling, linkage, and reporting for key populations.