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July 2, 2015: HHS Launches Ebola Education Center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a National Ebola Training and Education Center.

The center is a collaborative effort of HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University in Georgia, University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. These entities will co-lead the center, which will support further training of healthcare providers and facilities on strategies to manage Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases.

“The National Ebola Training and Education Center contributes to our nation’s health security by developing and teaching evidence-based practices of experienced providers and healthcare institutions in caring for patients with Ebola and other serious infectious diseases,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “While this training starts with Ebola, it also will help the healthcare community deal with other serious infectious diseases in the future.”

The National Ebola Training and Education Center will offer state health departments and healthcare facilities access to the clinical expertise and training capabilities offered by these institutions.

“The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is proof that a threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere; the United States must continue to prepare,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “Hospitals are often the first place where a new disease threat is recognized. This new center will help our hospitals and healthcare workers prepare to handle new threats and safely care for patients.”

For more information on how to access the expertise through the National Ebola Training and Education Center, contact hpp@hhs.gov.