UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness launches new public health preparedness training series
September marks the 10th annual National Preparedness Month and is a time for individuals, families, and businesses to think about how to stay informed and plan for potential disaster situations whether it’s a hurricane, power blackout, or other event. For local public health agencies, preparedness is a year-round business in order to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities. At these agencies, designated preparedness staff are tasked with ensuring that their organizations plan and respond appropriately to a wide variety of public health emergencies. As new staff come into these preparedness positions they need training in their essential roles and responsibilities.
To assist with these training needs, the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness has launched a new training series, Basics of Public Health Preparedness. The Basics of Public Health Preparedness is a 10-module online training series designed to introduce preparedness staff at local public health agencies to the core concepts of public health preparedness series such as planning, exercises, medical countermeasures, and risk communication. These free, interactive trainings map to the key functions in the national Public Health Preparedness Capabilities issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as established national competency sets for public health preparedness and core public health.
In addition to the training series for public health preparedness staff, the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness has also launched two preparedness trainings designed for other health department staff who also play roles in agency preparedness activities. These modules cover a basic introduction to public health preparedness and an overview to the incident command system.
All of these trainings were developed through the support of the CDC-funded UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC) and were adapted from state-specific trainings developed for the UNC PERLC partner states of West Virginia and North Carolina. For information about other UNC PERLC training offerings visit cphp.sph.unc.edu.