The Inventory was developed by the CDC to measure public health
agency capacity that could be used in the event of bioterrorism,
outbreaks of infectious disease, or other public health emergencies.
Measures included in the Inventory represent current expert
opinion about the capacities that should be in place for each focus
area. The intended use of the Inventory was to monitor progress
towards achieving the critical capacities and benchmarks described
in the CDC grant guidance for Fiscal Year 2002, assess the general
state of preparedness for each county and create a basis for developing
work plans and benchmark for future inventories.
In South Dakota, the Inventory was completed by County health offices,
the State Department of Health office, and Indian Health Service
offices. More than 76 offices participated in the Inventory.
The Inventory was structured by demographics and focus areas. The
demographic element of the tool requested pertinent information
about the public health agency and the jurisdiction it served. Additionally,
it gave helpful insight into the circumstances under which an agency
protects the public.