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The Public Health Extreme Events Research (PHEER) network has recently been initiated with seed funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Preparedness and Response through an interagency agreement with the National Science Foundation. The goal of PHEER is to serve as the coordinating platform for the public health disaster research community of practice. PHEER joins other previously-established disciplinary-specific reconnaissance networks within the CONVERGE network. Together these networks deploy a cadre of scientists capable of mobilizing quickly after a catastrophic event to collect perishable data on behalf of the science and practice fields, to support their colleagues in the affected region to stand up research teams, and to help inform the science agenda of their respective disciplines and funding priorities of federal agencies and philanthropies.


PHEER aims to transform the field of public health emergency preparedness and response by building the evidence base about disaster health impacts and effective preparedness, response and recovery strategies.


PHEER advances the field of public health disaster science by supporting and coordinating a community of practice that can mobilize rapidly to conduct time sensitive disaster investigations. PHEER facilitates evidence-informed decision making by sharing data and disseminating our results with public health researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and builds the capacity of the current and future public health disaster research workforce through training, experiential learning, and mentorship.


PHEER members will be invited to provide input on network development and will receive regular updates on the network as it evolves. Students, emerging professionals, and BIPOC scholars are actively encouraged to join.

Potential members should complete a brief membership application, which the PHEER leadership team will review.


This application has two parts: a Membership Application Form and a Community of Practice Component. The first part provides contact information so that we can keep you informed of PHEER’s ongoing development. There is no commitment required on your part to be a member, simply an expression of interest. The second part represents our interest in describing the public health disaster research workforce. We recognize that our colleagues are quite diverse, and are drawn from many different scientific disciplines and practice backgrounds. We believe that reflects our strength. Please take the time, approximately 10 minutes, to complete this section as well. This form is designed to be completed by individual researchers, not by an institution or organization. If there are multiple public health disaster researchers associated with your center, program, department or agency please share this form with them so that they may fill it out as well.

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PHEER is a member of CONVERGE, a network of extreme event research or reconnaissance networks funded by the National Science Foundation. Through CONVERGE, PHEER is also connected to research infrastructure provided by the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Network Coordination Office, the DesignSafe Cyberinfrastructure, and the Natural Hazards Reconnaissance (RAPID) facility. 


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