Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center Webinar: Improving Systems that Serve Vulnerable Populations Before, During and After Disasters

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ASPPH, in cooperation with the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and the University of South Florida College of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), is presenting a free webinar for faculty at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health and Federal, state, local, and tribal governmental public health practice partners. The webinar entitled “Improving Systems that Serve Vulnerable Populations Before, During and After Disasters” will be held on Wednesday, July 23 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern.


This webinar will discuss 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. Dr. Adewale Troutman, associate dean for health equity and community engagement at the USF COPH, Dr. Robert Tabler of the USF COPH, and Mr. Patrick Gardner, assistant program director of the USF COPH PERLC will be the featured speakers.

While personal preparedness is a laudable goal for everyone, vulnerable populations most often lack the resources needed to achieve this goal. For that reason, it is especially important for systems that serve vulnerable populations be assessed pre-impact for their ability to provide post-impact services. This assessment can identify gaps and opportunities for improvement so that systems can be better prepared to retain the ability to provide services, including meeting the surge for service requests that occur post-impact. The webinar will address these issues. Following the presentation, participants should be able to explain the importance of system preparedness prior to an event or incident, discuss the various approaches to gain situational awareness of system readiness and to identify gaps and points of failure in these systems prior to an event or incident, and review possible solutions for addressing gaps in system readiness.

Participants must register in advance. Please click here to register for the free webinar. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. There will be time at the end of the presentation for attendees to ask questions. Eligible attendees may receive 1 Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credit for participating in the webinar.

For more information about the webinar, please email Ms. Rachel Eisenstein, ASPPH program manager, at

Reposted from ASPPH News