CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: Nov. 8, 2002
UI public health preparedness program graduates first training group
A cross-section of public health professionals from around Iowa have completed
a training program designed to bolster knowledge in public health science,
emergency response systems and community leadership. The program is offered
by the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP), based in the University
of Iowa College of Public Health.
Some 57 participants completed the eight-month "train-the-trainer"
program. Topics covered in the program included public health science; human,
animal and environmental health; the state emergency response system; community
leadership in a crisis; and continuing training at the community level. The
group held its last meeting Nov. 6 and 7 at Camp Dodge near Des Moines, where
the trainers took part in tabletop simulations of health emergencies. The
participants received a certificate of completion and will continue to support
training efforts in their own communities.
"This program is an important way of strengthening public health information
and emergency procedures at the local level," said ICPHP director Christopher
Atchison, UI College of Public Health associate dean for public health practice
and associate professor of health management and policy. "We appreciate
the 'above and beyond' willingness of these individuals to prepare themselves
to manage a range of public health threats and to lead local response efforts."
The center is currently accepting applications from individuals interested
in enrolling in the second train-the-trainer course scheduled for spring 2003.
Participants must commit to an eight-month program and agree to assist with
future training at the community level. The program is intended for health-related
professionals such as first responders, emergency management personnel, public
health nurses, physicians, pharmacists, public health administrators, communicable
disease investigators, laboratory personnel, veterinarians, environmental
health specialists, hospital personnel and extension staff. More information
is available online at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/TTT/trainer.htm
or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness was established in May 2001
by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Bioterrorism
Preparedness Initiative through a cooperative agreement with the Association
of Schools of Public Health. One of 19 academic Centers for Public Health
Preparedness located throughout the United States, the ICPHP places special
emphasis on partnerships with agricultural and emergency management units.
The center's mission is to ensure that Iowa's public health workforce has
the skills to prepare for, promptly identify and respond to current and emerging