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Assessing Emergency Preparedness Training Needs

A new tool is now available to assist public health agencies to identify preparedness and emergency response training needs.

December 12, 2011

A new tool is now available to assist public health agencies to identify preparedness and emergency response training needs.

Earlier this year, NWCPHP collaborated with the Washington State Department of Health to survey the training needs, interests, and modality preferences of their public health workforce. The instrument assessed current confident levels and training needs in public health emergencies and included questions on delivery preferences, barriers to training, and priority general workforce development topics areas.

The assessment was created using two national frameworks. Competency statements were developed to reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning. The assessment included questions that were designed to reflect the functions and tasks listed for each of the fifteen preparedness capabilities. Additionally, statements from the Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competency Model were included to assess confidence and training need surrounding these newly developed competencies by the CDC, Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs) and Association of Schools of Public Health.

This assessment tool is now available for state, local, and tribal public health agencies and partners to utilize as a template. Sample questions and a description of the emergency preparedness training needs assessment is available on our Evaluation Tools & Resources. If you would like more information about the template, please contact Luann D’Ambrosio.

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