Virtual Training Program in Public Health Emergency Management
Welcome to the Georgetown University Virtual Training Program in Public Health Emergency Management! This program is tailored specifically for national and sub-national Emergency Operations Center personnel involved in epidemic response efforts.
The training is structured around four modules. Within each of these modules, there will be approximately 1.5-2 hours of self-directed “asynchronous” videos and recommended readings, to be completed by each participant individually. Each module will conclude with a 1.5 hour live “synchronous” discussion session with experts, to consolidate key concepts and address any questions, as well as a short knowledge check. The modules are each designed to take two weeks to complete, but can be extended or fast-tracked as needed.
Before starting the training, please complete the pre-training survey available below and email it to Dr. Claire Standley at Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also be asked to complete the post-training survey at the end of the final module.
This module will cover the basic structure of an incident management system, with particular reference to its application during complex public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the module is to increase understanding of the utility and application of IMS for public health emergency management, covering both theoretical and practical aspects.
Summarize roles, responsibilities and minimum requirements of key positions and personnel within IMS
Demonstrate ability to update handbooks and SOPs to define activation levels and scales of response
Apply knowledge to update current structures and protocols (i.e. from COVID-19) to future all-hazard preparedness and response
This module will cover how to approach data and resource management within the context of preparedness, response, and recovery, with an emphasis on how these management functions relate to decision-making. The goal is to ensure that participants understand ways to obtain, utilize, and manage different types of critical resources in an operational environment.
Identify best practices for data management and decision-making
Define resource requirements for different response levels/phases
Describe procedures for acquiring and utilizing resources
Turner, A., Reeder, B., & Wallace, J. (2013). A Resource Management Tool for Public Health Continuity of Operations During Disasters. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 7(2), 146-152. doi:10.1017/dmp.2013.24
This module will cover approaches for engaging with multisectoral partners, including protocols for both internal and external (including public) communication, and testing coordination structures via exercises. The goal is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to design and implement different strategies for coordination and communication, including in the context of large-scale and complex operations.
Develop approaches for engaging multisectoral partners in planning and preparedness
Outline principles for internal and external communication protocols
WHO, 2017, WHO simulation exercise manual: a practical guide and tool for planning, conducting and evaluating simulation exercises for outbreaks and public health emergency preparedness and response.https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/254741
This module will focus on factors underpinning successful implementation and sustainment of public health emergency management. The goal is to encourage participants to think beyond technical skills to the broader leadership, advocacy, and continuous education required to ensure long-term function of an emergency management program.
Understand the role and importance of legal frameworks for emergency response operations
Apply effective leadership and decision-making strategies