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Latinos during Emergencies: Cultural Considerations Impacting Disaster Preparedness

February 22, 2012 -

The NY.NJ PERLC is pleased to announce an upcoming broadcasts entitled "Latinos During Emergencies:  Cultural Considerations Impacting Disaster Preparedness" on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 11am to 12 noon Eastern Time.

 Almost one in six residents in the United States is Hispanic.   This program highlights the importance of engaging the Latino community in preparedness activities to help facilitate community resiliency.  Improved responsiveness to cultural considerations can decrease the barriers that put Latinos at increased risk during emergencies.  Guest speakers will discuss cultural constructs and coping mechanisms among Latinos that may influence behavior in preparing for and recovering from a public health disaster.  Effective strategies for engaging, communicating and assessing the needs of Latinos within a community will be presented.   Please join us for this important broadcast!



New University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness Website under construction.

October 12, 2011 -



Food Safety: Challenges and Opportunities

August 24, 2011 -

Several recent events involving contaminated food products have made headlines, and raised concerns about the safety of our food supply in the new, global marketplace.

In recognition of both National Preparedness Month, and National Food Safety Education Month, the New York.New Jersey Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (NY-NJ PERLC) is pleased to announce a food safety broadcast on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11am EST.  

Join us as Dr. Robert B. Gravani, Professor of Food Science at Cornell University and Stephen D. Stich, Director of Food and Safety Inspections at New York State Agriculture and Markets, discuss recent initiatives to ensure food safety at the local, state and national levels.  The speakers will focus on 2 aspects of the new Food Modernization Safety Act: Improving the Safety of Imported Food and Improving the Capacity to Prevent Food Safety problems with a focus on produce and mitigation strategies. 

The broadcast is FREE. The archived broadcast is available on blip TV.



Social Media and Public Health: How Government Agencies Learn to Interact with the Public - Webstream Broadcast Wed., June 15, 2011

May 25, 2011 -

During a disaster, providing information on what is happening and communicating messages to the public is one of the most important aspects of emergency operations. There have always been many methods to accomplish these activities, such as through the traditional media venues of television, radio and newspaper. With the growth of social media, new methods to communicate with different segments of the public are now available.

Guest speaker Kerry Shearer will describe how he utilized social media while working for Sacramento County Division of Public Health, including during the H1N1 pandemic, wild fires, and MRSA outbreak. Mr. Shearer will also demonstrate the use of social medial tools.

Please join us for this free broadcast to learn more about how government agencies and public health organizations can utilize social media during public health events and for educational outreach to constituents. After watching this broadcast, the viewer will be able to:

·     Learn why social media use is becoming more prevalent in the use of conveying important public health messages

·    Describe how social media can be utilized during emergencies

·     Identify various social media tools including websites, software, and electronic tools

·     Explain why “new media” techniques should be part of a communications toolkit

·     Learn how to develop and use social media for distributing emergency messages and information

·   Learn how to build a compact in-house web studio

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 


Registration is required. We will provide a link to registration shortly, so please check back again soon.






Vaccine Preventable Diseases: Ensuring Immunity in Your Community - In-Person Training, Monday, July 18, 2011

May 25, 2011 -

Please join us for this important in-person event that will focus on issues related to immunizations in New Jersey and New York. A variety of speakers will address such issues as:

  • Promoting optimal vaccine coverage in all communities
  • Clarifying challenges and solutions to vaccine exemptions in communities
  • Defining legal aspects of vaccine requirements and recommendations
  • Incorporating practioner public health preparedness core competencies to impact coverage of vaccine preventable disease in communities
  • Highlighting use of the New Jersey Immunization Information System and its rule rollout

This conference will be held simultaneously in three locations, including:

  • University at Albany School of Public Health
  • Montclair County College, New Jersey
  • Burlington County College, New Jersey

Registration information and agenda will be available shortly, so please check back again soon! Continuing education credits will be available.

UAlbany location information:

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:00AM. The day is expected to conclude at 3:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.



UAlbany PERLC Participates In NYS Medical Countermeasure "End Game" Exercise

May 23, 2011 -

UAlbany PERLC has been asked to participate in the New York state-wide exercise, called "End Game." End Game is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional activity involving the actual deployment of resources in a coordinated response as if a real incident had occured. This exercise will be used to test the deployment of human resources from state and local health departments, and from local volunteer agencies, as well as the deployment of assets from the Strategic National Stockpile. 

UAlbany will provide evaluation assistance to Rensselaer County Department of Health for their Point-of-Dispensing (POD)operations during the exercise. Evaluation will help assess the efficiency of the POD, as well as identify any strenghs and weaknesses of POD operations in order to identify areas of improvement.

End Game exercises will be taking place throughout the state and Capital Region during the week of May 23.  




Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies for the Mid-Level Public Health Worker

November 18, 2010 -

The Univeristy at Albany, as one of 14 CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers, is charged with developing, delivering, and evaluating core competency-based training and education that targets the public health workforce and addresses the public health preparedness and response needs of the state, local, and tribal public health authorities.

The CDC, in partnership with the Association of Schools of Public Health, selected the target for core competency training to be the mid-level public health worker. The CDC defines mid-level workers as either (1) individuals with 10 years experience and a high school diploma, bachelor's, or higher degree or (2) individuals with 5 years experience with a Master's in Public Health equivalent or higher degree. Examples of the mid-level public health worker span a wide variety of roles, which may include public health nurses, emergency responders, clinicians, administrative supervisors, chief clerks, environmental health workers, sanitarians and senior laboratory technicians.

There are 18 Core Competencies that are broken into four domains. Click on the following link more information on the core competencies:




UAlbany CPHP and NJ CPHP partner to create the new NY-NJ Preparedness and Response Learning Center (PERLC)

November 02, 2010 -

The NY-NJ PERLC is one of 14 newly funded training centers throughout the nation which seek to improve the knowledge and skills of public health workers for disasters and emergency situations.  The NY-NJ PERLC is a partnership of the prior University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) and New Jersey CPHP, combining years of experience in the endeavor to improve public health preparedness through training, exercises and other support to local and state health departments and their community partners.

Learn more about UAlbany CPHP partner, the NJ CPHP at:


For more information on the PERLC program, visit preparedness.asph.org/cphp/home.cfm



Utilizing Social Media During Extreme Events July 22, 2010 at the UAlbany School of Public Health

July 02, 2010 -

During a disaster, providing information on what is happening and communicating messages to the public is one of the most important aspects of emergency operations.  There have always been many methods to accomplish these activities, tools such as the traditional media venues of television, radio and newspaper.  With the growth of social media, new methods to communicate with different segments of the public are now available.  Social media brings not only new ways to communicate, but new challenges to overcome.

Please join us for this free training to learn more about social media uses during extreme events.  Objectives of the training include:

1 - Describing how social media can be utilized during emergencies.

2 - Identifying barriers and challenges with using social media in disasters.

3 - Learning how to develop and use social media for distributing emergency messages and information.

To register please click on the link provided below:


Training will be held at the University at Albany School of Public Health on July 22, 2010.  Registration begins at 8:30 am and presentations will start at 9:00 am.  The event will finish at 12:30 pm.

Refreshments will be provided during the training.  At the end of the event, lunch will be offered with an opportunity to sit and talk with the presenters.

For directions to the University at Albany School of Public Health, please click on the link provided:


An announcement is available, please click on the link below:

Social Media in Extreme Events Announcement



Mass Fatality Events: Learning from the Flight 3407 Tragedy Satellite and Webstream Broadcast July 30, 2010

July 02, 2010 -

Emergencies and disasters happen.  Emergency response and recovery agencies are well-trained and well-prepared to carry out operations in these events.  When a mass fatality incident occurs, and numerous lives are impacted, these agencies are tested as they deal with an event which strains their resources beyond that of other accidents and emergencies.

The crash of Flight 3407 in a residential area of Buffalo, New York, was a tragedy which created such a strain.  Numerous agencies worked to respond, and just as importantly to recover, from this incident.  Their efforts ensured the safety of responders and the public as well as closure for the family and community.

A plane crash, or other type of mass fatality event, could happen anywhere.  Learn from the experience of the Erie County Department of Health, including the Medical Examiner’s office, as they fulfilled their role in response to the crash of Flight 3407. 

Registration is required.  Register by clicking the link below:


The following information is provided to ensure that your viewing of this event will occur as easily as possible.

The live broadcast will be offered at 10:00 am to 11:15 Eastern Time (ET).  A re-broadcast of this event will be offered 10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time (1:00 pm ET).  Connection information, provided below, is the same for both broadcasts.


For the live broadcast, test time will begin at 9:30 am ET.

For the re-broadcast, test time will begin at 9:45 PT.

If there are any difficulties with the satellite link, please call technical support at 518-453-952.

For more details, please look at the fact sheet attached below.



Links for the webstream will be active approximately 30 minutes prior to the broadcast for testing.

The link for the webstream viewing of the broadcast is:


If there are any difficulties with the webstream connection, please call for technical support at 518-443-5333.


During the live version of the broadcast (10:00 am ET), registrants will be able to call, fax or email questions to be answered by the panelists at the end of the interview.

To ask a question during the live broadcast:

Call toll free:   1-800-452-0662   

Email:  cphp@uamail.albany.edu  

Fax:  518-426-0696

Thank you! For more information or help with registering, please call (518) 486-7921.

Printable Announcement



Emergency Animal Sheltering for County Animal Response Teams - Locations: Rensselaer or Lake Placid

May 10, 2010 -  
Program Description:
Planning for animal safety IS planning for human safety.  This free day long training will train current CART members and interested volunteers on the basics of how to plan and operate an emergency animal shelter as well as other important skills for members of animal response teams to know in an emergency event.

The Empire State Animal Response Team Emergency Animal Sheltering trailer will also be available for hands-on activities.

Trainings will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

Training will includeEmergency Animal Sheltering Planning and Operation, Small Animal Handling and Safety and Personal and Professional Preparedness

 Training will be provided in Two locations:

To register for the June 16, 2010 training at the University at Albany School of Public Health, click here:


 To register for the July 14, 2010 training at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Lake Placid, click here:


For more information, please call 528-486-7921.

Flyer announcement for the event.



CPHP to Co-Sponsor our 6th Annual GIS in Public Health Day on 4 May 2010; classes to be offered on 5 May. New training class just added !

March 10, 2010 -


The theme of this year’s program is

Using GIS to Improve Public Health



The cost of the May 4th program is $30.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to persons registered and paid by Friday April 23, 2010.

The event will begin at 8:00 AM with

registration and breakfast, and 

end at 4:30 PM

All activities will take place at the

University at Albany,

School of Public Health in East Greenbush, NY

Presentations May 4, 2010

Keynote: The role of GIS in advancing the modern health transition in the U.S. - Gerard Rushton, University of Iowa

Early detection of disease outbreaks - Martin Kulldorff, Harvard Medical School

Geographic, socioeconomic and racial disparities in cancer survival - Kevin Henry, New Jersey Cancer Registry

Connecting Data and Kids: The Power and implicity of the Kids' Well-being Indicator Clearinghouse - Cate Bohn and Robin Miller, New York State Council on Children and Families;  Paul Marano, Cogent Technologies

GIS and Geospatial Science at Work at the CDC:Improving Public Health Practice and Research - Andrew Dent, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

County Health Rankings: Mobilizing ActionToward Community Health - Bridget Booske, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

Other than the Keynote Address, the order of the presentations may change.

Please click on the link below to register for May 4, 2010.



Payment forms accepted for this event include cash or check only.


The May 4th program will be followed by a day of training in the School of Public Health teaching lab.

There is an additional $30 fee to attend the hands-on trainings.



Training Classes May 5, 2010

Morning Training Session (9AM-NOON) Google Earth & Public Health - Frank Boscoe, Assistant Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health Cancer Registry, New York State Department of Health

Google Earth is the most powerful of several free programs that can interpret KML, an open-source language for web-based geographic visualization. KML has rapidly become a preferred means of generating, storing, sharing and displaying geographic data. This three-hour workshop provides an introduction to Google Earth and how it may be used in public health programs. Some basic GIS knowledge is helpful, though not necessary.

Learning objectives: 1. Students will learn to use Google Earth to locate geographic features and landmarks. 2. Students will learn to create, store, and share their own geographically referenced data using Google Earth.

Afternoon Training Session (1PM-3PM) The Geographic Aggregation Tool (GAT) - Thomas Talbot & Gwen LaSelva, Environmental Health Surveillance Section, New York State Department of Health

Health outcome maps with high geographic resolution can inadvertently disclose confidential data. In addition, high resolution health outcome rate maps are often misleading due to random fluctuations in disease rates in areas with small numbers. To overcome these limitations, the New York State Department of Health Environmental Health Surveillance Section developed a Geographic Aggregation Tool (GAT) which joins neighboring geographic areas until a defined population, and/or number of cases is reached. The GAT was originally developed using SAS, but was converted to R, an open source statistical programming language. The R GAT uses shapefiles (*.shp). The shapefiles must uniquely identify each area and have counts of health outcomes, population, or other variable(s) upon which to base the aggregation. The program can also favor merges nested in larger regions. For example, when aggregating census tracts, the aggregated areas will, if possible, not cross county boundaries. Census geographies, such as census tracks, census blocks or counties, as well as postal service areas (ZIP Codes), can be used with the tool. The tool produces maps showing the aggregated areas in KML and shapefile formats, which can be used with a variety of desktop and internet based GIS applications. The training session will provide examples using simulated birth outcome data at the ZIP code level. A beta version of the GAT along with R will be provided.

Learning objectives: 1. Students will learn how confidentiality can be compromised with maps. 2. Students will learn how to geographically aggregate health and population data using the Geographic Aggregation Tool in order to avoid compromising confidentiality and to reduce random fluctuations in rates due to small numbers .


Free Training Sessions


        May 5, 9:00AM-11:00AM

ArcGIS Explorer: A Powerful Free GIS Tool for Public Health

Mark Scott, Paul Rooney (ESRI) and

Glen Johnson (NYS DOH)

ArcGIS Explorer is a free, downloadable GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. ArcGIS Explorer adds value to any GIS because it helps you deliver your authoritative data to a broad audience while enabling a range of spatial analyses not usually found in free viewers. With ArcGIS Explorer, you can: access ready-to-use ArcGIS Online basemaps and layers; fuse your local data with map services to create custom maps; perform spatial analysis (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search); add photos, reports, videos, and other information to your maps.

Attendees will learn how to build and deploy ArcGIS Explorer applications focusing on public health; as well as learn more about the use of this tool within the health industry. While no previous GIS experience is required, familiarity with spatial concepts would be beneficial.


Creating Maps with SAS/GRAPH - Mike Zdeb Assistant Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health,
author of Maps Made Easy Using SAS

Maps can be created with SAS® by using either SAS/GIS or the GMAP procedure, one of the procedures available within SAS/GRAPH. This class will first show you how to use the GMAP procedure to create four different map types: choropleth, prism, surface, and block. The class will then concentrate on creating choropleth maps, "... 2-dimensional maps that represent data values as combinations of pattern and color that fill map areas ..." (definition from SAS/GRAPH Software Usage Version 6). Once you understand how to create a map, you will learn how to customize the output of GMAP using an annotate data set and also be introduced to some methods of producing web-based maps.

Prerequisites: You should have some knowledge of SAS concepts (data sets, libraries, formats, etc.) if you sign up for this class. You need not have any knowledge of SAS/Graph.



Please click on the following link to register for Hands-on training sessions May 5:


Payment forms accepted for this event include cash or check only.


If you have any questions about conference registration or payment, contact us at:

cphp@uamail.albany.edu or 518-486-7921

GIS Day Program (in .pdf format)




March 03, 2010 -

"Swine Flu", Anthrax, West Nile Virus, Avian Influenza:  These diseases make headlines, but many other diseases threaten our globalized society.  Veterinary professionals, as intermediaries in the world of agriculture, animals and humans, play a critical role in preparedness and protection of the public health from these potentially emerging diseases.

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Alfonso Torres, D.V.M., M.S., PhD.  Associate Dean for Public Policy College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Location:  Doubletree Hotel - Syracuse, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057

 ***Registration Required***

Please Register by March 22, 2010

Register by clicking the link below or calling (518) 486-7921


FEAD Dinner Training Announcement



Coming Soon - New online courses!

November 10, 2009 -

CPHP will be launching two new online courses in the coming months:

Emergency Management and Preparedness Planning for Community Health Center Leaders

Emergencies happen - but is your community health center prepared? The more prepared your health center is, the more efficient your facility's response will be and the more quickly your center can recover and get back to business as usual.

The purpose of this course is to aid community health centers in developing and maintaining an emergency management plan that guides their response to all hazards. For organizations that have developed emergency management plans, this course will provide an opportunity to evaluate how the plan might function in a disaster scenario.

Personal Health and Safety for Emergency Responders 

This course is intended for anyone who might be working or volunteering in disaster response. This includes staff members of public health department, hospitals, and community health clinics. It also includes volunteer responders such as members of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). A secondary audience might be first responders such as police, firefighters, and EMS.


The course will cover such things as:

  • Acute medical consequences of disasters
  • Psychological impacts of disasters
  • Diasters and infections
  • Types and use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Specific disasters and safety



CPHP launches new online course entitled Special Medical Needs Shelters

November 10, 2009 -

The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness is proud to announce the launching of a brand new online course entitled "Special Medical Needs Shelters."

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of special medical needs shelters, including opening and closing procedures, triage and admission processes, shelter operations, health and safety issues, and planning considerations.

This course is intended for anyone who may volunteer or be assigned to work in a special medical needs shelter during a disaster response, as well as local and state government employees and local leaders who may be involved with planning such a shelter.

Please visit the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness e-Learning site for more details or to register.




CPHP Launches New Online Emergency Animal Sheltering Course

June 01, 2009 -

June 1, 2009:

The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness is proud to announce the launching of a brand new online course entitled "Emergency Animal Sheltering." The main objective of this course is to educate participants on the purpose and types of emergency animal shelters, as well as the management and administration of such shelters.

This course is the second in a series of introductory courses designed for those who may provide services (clinical, managerial, administrative) or other assistance to an animal sheltering operation during an emergency.

Please visit the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness e-Learning site for more details or to register.





Updated Web-based Course: HazMat Transportation Incidents: Using the Emergency Response Guidebook 2008

February 12, 2009 -

The web-based course entitled HazMat Transportation Incidents: Using the Emergency Response Guidebook has been updated to reflect changes in the recently released 2008 version of the guidebook.  Revisions include minor content changes and updated graphics.

Please see further details regarding new version and other new courses on our E-learning Center



ACADEMIC COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT (Spring 2009): SPH 539 - Topics in Public Health Preparedness

November 25, 2008 -

A three credit graduate level course Topics in Public Health Preparedness will be offered Spring Semester 2009. The course will meet at the University at Albany School of Public Health every other Thursday starting January 22, 2009 and will incorporate web-based coursework and other assignments.  Dr. Robert Westphal (former Director of the University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness and Coordinator for BT Preparedness & Response Planning at the New York State Department of Health) will lead the discussion-based course providing a rich overview on a variety of public health emergency preparedness topics, including:

  • Animals & Veterinary Preparedness
  • Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, Radiological Response
  • Emergency Epidemiology/Surge Planning
  • Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Pandemic Flu Planning for Colleges & Universities
  • Point of Dispensing (POD)
  • Risk Communication
  • Special Needs Shelters (SpNS)
  • Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

For more information about the course, please contact the Center for Public Health Preparedness at cphp@uamail.albany.edu

Credits can be applied to the Certificate in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness or MPH program requirement. For more information visit http://www.albany.edu/sph/certificate/index.html


Course Flyer



Certificate Program in PH Surveillance & Preparedness open for enrollment at the UAlbany SPH

November 18, 2008 -

The Certificate Program in PH Surveillance and Preparedness requires the completion of 15 graduate course credits. Courses are offered online and in-class, and include:

EPI 501 Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I* (online and in-class)
EPI 605 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (in-class)
SPH 559 Emergency Preparedness: The Public Health Perspective (online)
SPH 559 Topics in Public Health Preparedness (in-class)
EHT 590 Introduction to Environmental Health* (online and in-class)

*Master of Public Health (MPH) core courses (6 credits) that may be applied towards an MPH

To obtain the certificate, each student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and file an application for Certificate completion within four years of admission.

Note: Students can take a maximum of two courses before applying and being admitted into the program. Course waivers can be obtained only through prior approval. There is a transfer credit limit of one course (3 credits). Students who are enrolled in a School degree program and would like to pursue the certificate degree can do so if they fulfill the above-mentioned requirements.

For more information, please contact Irina Khmelnitsky, MA - SPH Academic Programs Coordinator at ikhmelnitsky@uamail.albany.edu




Working in a POD e-learning Course

November 01, 2008 -

The Center's Working in a POD e-learning course has been used as preparatory training for PODs held across at least five New York State county health departments, including Erie, Niagara, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schoharie.  Results from a follow-up evaluation for the Erie Hepatitis-A POD held in February 2008 indicated that 96% of 92 staff members who completed the course prior to the event found the course helpful in fulfilling their role at the POD.

Various Medical Reserve Corp coordinators have also recommended this course as both a refresher and initial training tool for Rensselaer and Schoharie counties.

Evaluation results from 2,377 learners completing POD course have been strong overall:  91% strongly agreed or agreed that the course increased their level of knowledge, 92% strongly agreed or agreed that knowledge gained from the training will help them in their job, and 97% rated the overall training as good or excellent. 




UAlbany CPHP Accomplishments as of March 2008

March 01, 2008 - AccomplishmentsThough the Center’s primary target audience includes New York State and local health department workers and their statewide responder partners, the majority of programs routinely reach both a national and international audience, including:  ¨      Monthly Satellite Broadcast/Webcast Series o        In 5th year of programmingo        Reaches average of 6,000 viewers across 50 states and international sites each month (multiple Canadian sites view regularly and other sites occasionally, including U.S. military bases/territories in Guam and the Virgin Islands, India, Fiji, Uganda, Sweden and Australia)o        Numerous academic, state and federal distance learning systems further disseminate §         California Community Colleges Satellite Network (109 sites)§         Florida Distance Learning Satellite Network (87 sites)§         University of Alaska Television (57 sites)§         University of North Carolina at Charlotte Broadcast Communications (UNCC-TV accessible by 350,000 households in the Charlotte-area, including 25,000 students at UNC Charlotte, and many thousands more from multiple other colleges and K-12 schools)§         Department of Defense Medical Interagency Satellite Training Program§         Veterans Administration (covering three work shifts across four time zones)§         Adirondack Area Network o        Archived videostream files have received more than 75,000 hits to date o        More than 8,000 copies of programs in videotapes and DVD format have been distributed at no cost (and sold by the Public Health Foundation) to date o        Awarded bronze Telly Award for the January 2006 satellite broadcast entitled Katrina: Planning for Special Needs Populationso        Future (and select archived) programs will also be available in video pod cast format as of June 2008 ¨      Web-based Courseworko        Self-paced, available 24/7, highly interactive and developed in line with competencies for emergency preparedness and terrorism readinesso        More than 30,000 registered for nine web-based courses to date §         Family Disaster Plan§         Field Epidemiology§         HazMat Transportation Incidents: Using the Emergency Response Guidebook§         Mass Dispensing: A Primer for Community Leaders§         Nuclear Terrorism: Pathways & Prevention§         Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics§         Terrorism, Preparedness & Public Health: An Introduction§         Working in a Point of Dispensing (POD)§         Zoonosis, Preparedness & Public Healtho        More than 13,000 completions to date (continuing education credits and certificates of completion issued)o        Community Response to Pandemics course of particular interest world-wide, with 12,615 registered and 4,539 completions to date§         Interest in translation by USAID and PAHO§         Countless other academic institutions, health care and government agencies request use of material to support other training programs and courses o        NACCHO, OSHA and WHOo        NY SEMO and the Community Health Care Association of NYSo        Cleveland State's Center for Emergency Preparednesso        USA Prepare, National Emergency Response & Rescue Training Center, and the International Association of Fire Chiefso        Health clinic in Tehran, Irano        Produced in partnership with technological experts from PDP at the University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs o        Of the nine additional courses currently proposed and/or under development, three are collaborative projects with NYCEPCE  ¨      Academic Courseworko        Certificate Program in Public Health Surveillance and Preparedness (15 credits)o        Certificate for Public Health Fundamentals and Practice o        Two to three online and classroom-based courses (3-credits) offered each year§         Emergency Preparedness: The Public Health Perspective online course§         Emergency Preparedness in Schools§         Broadcast Colloquium course (designed to reach working professionals – meets once monthly around satellite broadcast series)o        Sponsor multiple graduate student internship projects per year§         Veterinary preparedness§         Use of personal protective equipment by fire and EMS responders§         Hazardous spills assessments and surveillance§         Continuity of operations ¨      Technical Assistance and Resourceso        Between September 1, 2006 and January 15, 2008 the Center provided technical assistance for 16 drills and exercise-related activities across New York State§         For nine local health departments, NYS DOH, the Center for Disability Services and the University at Albany School of Public Health§         Assistance involved exercise design, implementation and evaluation services o        In partnership with NYS, the Center assisted in the development of four onsite chemical & radiological awareness trainingso        In partnership with the Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute, the Center assisted in the development of two onsite programs related to leadership and community preparedness in disasterso        Developed PINATA: web-based resource center which houses reports, presentations, articles and websites addressing various public health preparedness related topics §         Animals and Emergencies§         Drills and Exercises§         Incident Command System§         Pandemic Influenza§         Personal Preparedness§         School Preparedness and University Pandemic Planning




13,350+ public health professionals register for web-based Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics course.

March 01, 2008 -

Since its official public release in September 2005, over 13,356 public health professionals and their response partners have registered for the online Preparedness & Community Response to Pandemics course. The course has reached participants from all 50 states and international locations, including 750+ individuals from New York State. More than 5,000 individuals have completed the course and have received continuing education credit for successful completion of the course.

You can register and find more about this course here.

Along with our archived webcast, Avian Flu: State, National & Worldwide Response, originally aired on September 08, 2005, it is also currently being featured on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention avian influenza webpage under News & Highlights.



UAlbany SPH 3-credit graduate level online course, Spring 2009: Emergency Preparedness: The Public Health Perspective.

January 01, 2008 -

The UAlbany School of Public Health hopes to offer the 3-credit graduate level online course titled Emergency Preparedness: The Public Health Perspective in Spring 2009.

PDF File Read PDF for more details



Emergency Preparedness for Veterinarians - 8/06 Training DVD and Archived Webcast Available

July 02, 2007 -

The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness, with support from the New York State Capital District Veterinary Medical Society, offered a program funded by the New York Consortium for Emergency Preparedness Continuing Education entitled “Emergency Preparedness: Preventing Zoonotic Disease Transmission” on August 2, 2006. Presenters included Dr. Bryan Cherry, Public Health Veterinarian for the NYS Department of Health, Dr. David Chico, Emergency Preparedness Veterinarian for the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets and Dr. Robert Westphal, Director of the UAlbany Center for Public Health Preparedness. Program topics included the incident command system, the impact of zoonotic disease on human populations, factors that promote disease transmission, veterinarians’ roles in disease outbreaks and agents of bioterrorism.

Seventy-five veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and Community Animal Response Team members attended from 11 counties in upstate New York. Based on the program evaluation, all participants found the training to be valuable in increasing their knowledge of the topics presented.

A free copy of this program is available on DVD. To order, please visit http://tinyurl.com/td6qu.

This program is also available via webstreaming. To view, please visit http://www.informz.net/ualbany-sph/event.asp?eid=2095



Center Broadcast on Special Populations receives Bronze Telly Award

March 30, 2007 -

The University at Albany Center for Public Health was awarded a bronze Telly Award for the January 2006 satellite broadcast/webcast, entitled Katrina: Planning for Special Needs Populations!

Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. Since 1978, The Telly Awards mission has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. The 27th Annual Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entries are judged on a 10-point scale, with programs receiving a score of 9.0 or higher winning the highest honor of Silver Telly, and those scoring between 7.0 and 8.9 awarded Bronze for outstanding achievement. Click here for more information about the original broadcast and link to archived videostream.




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