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What is Gillings on the Ground?
Gillings on the Ground (GoG) is a free, two-semester training program open to anyone interested in learning more about disaster response and emergency management. GoG consists of a six-week virtual “mini-course” in the fall semester and an optional hands-on component in the spring semester. The program combines cohort-based learning with interdisciplinary training to develop a team of participants primed with the skills – and the structure and coordination within the Gillings School – to work with communities in disaster preparedness and relief.

After completing the GoG trainings, participants will have the foundation and knowledge to volunteer and more effectively engage in disaster relief efforts. We welcome students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to register for our 2023-24 program and join us this fall!

Fall Program

During the fall semester, GoG offers a six-week mini-course consisting of virtual didactic sessions led by Gillings faculty and community members with years of experience in disaster response and emergency preparedness. 

These sessions cultivate skills focused on various aspects of disaster relief, public health and community engagement, with an emphasis on health equity in disaster response. Following completion of the program, trainees will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Spring Program

During the spring semester, GoG connects participants with community partners to complete disaster-related service or training opportunities as a cohort. 

In the spring 2023 semester, Gillings on the Ground partnered with the Duke Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (DHPC) to offer an opportunity to complete FEMA certifications and participate in fieldwork-specific didactic sessions and a hands-on disaster simulation in Durham, NC. 


Participant Perspectives

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