Our Mission


The National Center for Biodefense Communications for Rural America (the Center) is a strategic initiative to bring to bear Internet-based technologies for early detection of significant human and animal health events through basic and applied research, and to issue authorized, secure, non-public, bioterror alerts and notifications to authorized and appropriate policymaker, healthcare and first-responder recipients. The Center is particularly focused on bioterror surveillance and event detection and response to events originating in rural America.

Research fostered by the Center will bridge the basic and applied sciences, with the intent of realizing practical outcomes in connection with Homeland Security and human/animal health. In this connection, the research will be directed toward:

• Increasing the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, by reducing the threats of bioterrorism which could significantly impact the US agriculture sector.

• Improving human health and well-being through an abundant, safe, and high-quality food supply, and through improving the early detection of bioterror events arising in rural America.

In addition to surveillance and reporting, the Center will utilize the collected data for research and training purposes at participating universities and institutions; carry out basic and applied research related to Biodefense, disaster preparedness, and risk communications for the public; and enhance academic programs in public health and biomedicine at participating universities through its research and service activities.

The Center's data capability will provide the foundation for enhanced teaching in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security’s Research University Network in health informatics and related disciplines, including information assurance, information sharing between organizations, and the sociology of bioterrorism.

The Center will also advance local agency-driven, multi-state information sharing across all jurisdictional and subject matter boundaries, and will implement forward-looking, cross-sector human and animal health data practices, such as Identity Management, Critical/Key Infrastructure Protection and All Hazards Emergency Management, at the local level.