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The HTRL has an initiative to improve state and local health systems and their ability to cooperate with the federal government in response to a biodefense emergency. This initiative specifies educating key public officials and first-line responders, as well as pledging to halt ongoing research work to assist in the event of serious regional or national needs. The plans include direct relationships with state offices and laboratories of public health as well as hospitals in the upper Midwest. Infectious disease experts, including physicians, university faculty, and state and county health officials in the region and in six states are associated with the Ricketts Laboratory.