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CDC continues to present broadcasts in which CDC and other experts present critical information related to current health issues. These Web broadcasts are archived and are accessible for an extended period on CDC's Public Health Training Network Archive of Web casts.

Upcoming Training and Educational Programs
On-Demand Trainings


Biosafety: Assessing the Risk - Association of Public Health Laboratories
Date: January 13, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Location: Teleconference

Biosafety is a concern in every laboratory environment where infectious microorganisms are a potential hazard. Whether a research, diagnostic, teaching, or a large production laboratory, each presents a unique environment that poses a risk of exposure to infectious agents. The risk assessment formalizes the process of observation so that actions in the work environment are carefully examined to detect potential hazards that may cause harm to staff during the course of their work.

Fundamentals of Medical Planning: A Workshop in Support of Emergency Response in a Medical Environment - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: January 14-15, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA

This workshop will teach aspects of crisis action medical planning to help your organization enhance its preparedness and risk management posture. This workshop will help you create, or improve, organic medical plans to improve your defenses against emergency events, whether they be from terrorism, the next series of catastrophic weather events, or large-scale industrial accidents.

Infection Control for Nurses - Alabama Department of Public Health
Date: January 21, 2009
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM ET
Location: Satellite Broadcast

This program will focus on Clostridium difficile, often called C. difficile or C. diff. This infection is a bacterium that causes a number of symptoms, which can range from diarrhea to a life-threatening inflammation of the colon. C. difficile illnesses usually affect older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities. These illnesses often occur after using antibiotic medications. There have been some cases of healthy people who are not hospitalized or on medication becoming infected.

Disaster Logistics: A Workshop on Managing Logistics for Emergency Situations - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: January 21-22, 2009
Location: Houston, TX

Using a hands-on case study/exercise approach, this workshop will offer ideas and tools (some from DoD) to help your organization better understand the ‘blocking and tackling’ of logistics and supply chain planning. It will offer lessons learned from DoD and industry to better secure the supply chain during crises within our own borders. The workshop will also offer a logistics/supply chain risk assessment tool allowing for better risk mitigation.

Requirements for Laboratories Exempted from Select Agent Registration - Association of Public Health Laboratories
Date: January 27, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Location: Teleconference

Laboratories who are exempt from select agent registration may encounter select agents and toxins from clinical or diagnostic specimens and proficiency testing samples. In addition to reporting the identification and disposition of a select agent or toxin to CDC or APHIS, laboratories are required to comply with requirements for Theft, Loss, and Release. This teleconference will explain the requirements when a select agent or toxin is identified in a laboratory that does not have a Select Agent Certificate of Registration and define what is considered a release of a select agent or toxin.

Mass Antibiotic Dispensing: Partnering with Tribal Governments and Communities - CDC
Date: January 29, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
Location: Satellite Broadcast

This broadcast will assist state and local Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) planners in determining how to effectively engage their neighboring tribal governments and communities. Participants from several states, counties, and tribal entities will discuss how to ensure that tribal leaders and stakeholders are appropriately involved in mass antibiotic dispensing and all-hazards planning. The broadcast will include a live question and answer session in which viewers are encouraged to participate.


Managing the Threat of Suicide Bombers and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) Workshop - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: February 3-4, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA

The FBI and DHS are warning state and local partners to be on the alert for suicide bombers using large vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (LVBIED) and man-portable/hand-carried IEDs. Homeland Defense Journal's Managing the Threat of Suicide Bombers and Improvised Explosive Devices - based on U.S. and other international case studies - is designed for advanced levels of government and security personnel to provide you with relevant information about the motivation, training, equipment, techniques and operational methods used by terrorist bombers, with particular attention on the suicide bomber. In addition, you'll learn about other terrorism counter-measures, including how to prepare an effective bomb threat and bombing response plan.

On the Edge: Emerging Infectious Diseases - Association of Public Health Laboratories
Date: February 5 & 6, 2009
Time: 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM PST
Location: Rancho Cucamonga & Richmond, CA

In this stimulating, six hour seminar, subject matter experts will discuss the threat potential of and effective laboratory responses to a group of infectious diseases of growing interest. Case studies with California examples will be included.

Emergency Preparedness for Facilities Workshop Basic Preparedness Training for Corporate HQ, Public, Commercial, Educational, Health Care, Manufacturing, Banking, Hospitality, Airport and Related Business Sectors - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: February 5-6, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
Emergency Preparedness for Facilities provides you with strategic knowledge and tactical resources to prepare for, and recover from, any emergency or disaster. The events following the devastating impact of the “9-11” terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina make it clear that government and private agencies at the local, state and federal levels are not collectively as ready as they could be to effectively prepare, mitigate, response and recover from a crisis of significant proportion - whether it’s a man-made or natural disaster.

How to Mitigate and Manage a Disaster A two day workshop on Case Study Examples for the Risk Management Professional - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: February 11-12, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA

In the world we live in today, disasters occur at an alarming rate. Could they have been prevented from occurring? If emergency response had been more effective, how much less destruction might they have caused? Will similar disasters happen again? How to Mitigate and Manage a Disaster examines the safety and security of an organization’s people, facilities and assets, as well as the communities in which they are located – from exposure to man-made accidents, terrorist acts and natural disasters.

Mass Casualty Preparedness & Response Forum Mission Integration and Megacommunity Approaches in an All Hazards Environment - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: February 23, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
At the Mass Casualty Preparedness & Response Forum, all participants will engage together in addressing a capability-specific priority of the Goal to Strengthen Medical Surge and Mass Prophylaxis Capabilities. The Forum presents an opportunity for leaders, decision makers and planners of business, government and civil society (Non-profits, NGOs, etc.) to address complex issues surrounding mass casualty events and response, and create an ongoing dialogue of ideas that will evolve into solutions that can be applied in an all hazards environment. The complexities inherent in mass casualty preparedness and response are such that no one organization alone can address all facets of needs and actions—rather, this event will allow you to work closely with your colleagues across the community to identify those areas where alignment of priorities, actions and responsibilities best enables and integrates overall mass casualty capabilities.

All-Hazards Regional Evacuation Plans An Interactive Two-Day Workshop on Developing an All-Hazards Regional Evacuation Plan - Homeland Defense Journal
Date: February 24-25, 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
The workshop will walk participants through the regional planning process. Using proven planning methodologies, the workshop guides participants in creating sound strategies for a variety of catastrophes, both natural and man-made. This best-practice approach to planning provides emergency managers and key officials with detailed data and tools that promote effective decision-making during a catastrophic event. The objective of catastrophic event planning is to maximize the preservation of life, protect property and restore the infrastructure as rapidly as possible. Long-term recovery planning is also a very important component of regional planning, ensuring the economic viability of the region by minimizing business disruption and providing individuals with appropriate levels and types of relief without delay.

On-Demand Trainings

Alabama Public Health Training Network - ADPH
The Alabama Department of Public Health provides access to a list of emergency preparedness web-casts. This catalog of downloadable web-casts covers a wide range of preparedness topics such as: Psychological Difficulties of First Responders; The Pharmacists Role in Disasters; and Bombs, Explosions and Preparedness: A New Role for Public Health and First Responders.

Disaster Preparedness - American Academy of Pediatrics
All families need a disaster plan. Chronically ill children and their families are especially at risk in the aftermath of a disaster. Through this Hot Topic, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides guidance to pediatricians on how they can prepare themselves, their patients, and their practices to deal with terrorism and disaster events.
Hot Topics: Disaster Preparedness

Disaster and Terrorism Response: Emergency Preparedness Tools for Pharmacists and Health-System Pharmacy Departments - American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Health-system pharmacists and pharmacy departments play a critical role in emergency preparedness. In order for pharmacists and health-system pharmacy departments to be involved in the safe and effective use of medications following a disaster or terrorist event, there must be an overall understanding of the principles of emergency preparedness and integration of the pharmacy department into the organizational and community plans. This program will provide the basic information that pharmacists need to become involved in emergency preparedness efforts.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Fundamentals: Training for Environmental Health Professionals - NACCHO/APC
This training material was developed for Environmental Health Professionals (EHP) in Minnesota and across the country as part of the National Association of Community Health Centers' (NACCHO) Advanced Practice Centers program The initial training program consists of two modules. It has been designed for working professionals to use online. The material in both modules addresses basic environmental health concepts - concepts that are important to front line staff with years of experience and to those who are new in the field. For some EHP, this will be a good refresher session and for others it will be new information. For all, these courses are designed to increase awareness of the EHP role in preparedness and disaster response.

Epidemiologic Case Studies - CDC
These case studies are interactive exercises developed to teach epidemiologic principles and practices. They are based on real-life outbreaks and public health problems and were developed in collaboration with the original investigators and experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The case studies require students to apply their epidemiologic knowledge and skills to problems confronted by public health practitioners at the local, state, and national level every day. Topics include Botulism, E. coli, and Salmonella.

National Center for Biomedical Research and Training eLearning Courses - Louisiana State University
Topics include: Preparing Communities for Agroterrorism; Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts; Foundational Awareness of Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism; Effects of Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Incidents; Disaster Mental Health; eCDLS (eCore Disaster Life Support).

NIMS: The Role of EMS - EMS1
This 24-7 EMS segment describes the role of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in standardizing response to multiple casualty events (MCE). The five key command positions are identified, as well as the general responsibilities of EMS during an MCE.

Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Disasters - NNEPI
Hosted by The National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI), developed by The George Washington University Department of Nursing Education and funded by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Online Education & Training - Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response
Yale New Haven Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response provides a series of online courses on emergency preparedness topics for hospital, healthcare and public health workers.

Online Training Modules - Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness 
Access training modules on the following emergency preparedness and response topics: Agriculture, Food and Water; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Terror; Infectious Disease and Vaccines; Legal Issues; Mental Health Preparedness; and General Public Health Preparedness.

Pediatric Prescribing Update: Bioterrorism Counteragents - American Academy of Pediatrics
The purpose of this course is to help physicians effectively prescribe the drugs that have received approval for use in children; understand how the new labeling affects their practice; and obtain current information related to labeling changes.
Pediatric Prescribing Update: Bioterrorism Counteragents

Public Health Emergency Law & Forensic Epidemiology Training - CDC
The Public Health Law Program of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released version three of the Public Health Emergency Law and Forensic Epidemiology training materials on CD-ROM. These self-contained training packages were developed by for use by instructors in any jurisdiction in the United States who provide public health preparedness training to front-line practitioners.

Public Health Preparedness - Conference and Meeting Archive - Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) 
Access audio from past AHRQ conferences and meetings, including topics such as Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources; Hospital Surge Capacity; and Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness. This webpage also contains a wealth of other resources from AHRQ regarding public health preparedness.

Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health - University of Pittsburgh
Supercourse is a global repository of lectures on public health and prevention targeting educators across the world. Supercourse has a network of over 55,000 scientists in 174 countries who are sharing for free a library of 3,455 lectures in 26 languages.

Training Website - North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness  
The site offers free short Internet-based trainings on public health preparedness topics such as disease surveillance, basic epidemiology, bioterrorism, and new/emerging disease agents. Trainings address emergency readiness competencies plus core public health and epidemiology competencies and offer free continuing education credits.

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