Improving Systems that Serve Vulnerable Populations Before, During and After Disasters

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The USF College of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, in cooperation with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, presented the webinar Improving Systems that Serve Vulnerable Populations Before, During, and After Disasters on July 23.


Dr. Adewale Troutman, professor in Community and Family Health and associate dean for health equity and community engagement, Dr. Robert Tabler, affiliate associate professor and faculty adviser in the Department of Global Health, and Patrick Gardner, USF PERLC’s assistant director, were the featured speakers.

The webinar covered assessments of local agencies and organizations that serve vulnerable populations, identification of gaps and failure points, and the development of action plans to address identified gaps. The program was targeted at faculty at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health as well as federal, state, local and tribal governmental public health practice partners.

The objectives of the webinar were to explain the importance of system preparedness, address the various approaches to gain situational awareness of system readiness, and to identify gaps and points of failure in these systems prior to an incident, as well as to review possible solutions to address gaps in system readiness.

By all indications, the webinar was a success, as nearly 300 participants logged in. Some logins were for groups, so the total of all persons participating was even higher. An archived version of the webinar is available on the ASPPH website.

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Story by Jo Averill-Snell, USF Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice