Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website supplements the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's 2009 Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) toolkit. CASPER is an epidemiologic technique designed to help public health practitioners and emergency management officials conduct a rapid needs assessment to determine the health status, basic needs, attitudes, and practices of a community quickly and at a low cost. This page aggregates CASPER health studies from across California, including: a 2017 CASPER studying the Zika virus in Long Beach, the 2016 and the 2015 CASPERs addressing the drought in Mariposa County, the 2015 CASPER examining drought in Tulare County, the 2015 study of Environmental Health Perceptions and Concerns in Los Angeles, the 2014 CASPER of the South Napa County Earthquake, and the 2012 assessment of Geothermal Emissions in Lake County . Local practitioners may use these health assessments as models to develop their own CASPER studies, which can help them prepare for outbreaks caused by changes in their local environment.