About

The USF Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (USF PERLC) is located within the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP) in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It is one of two federal-grant-funded Centers within the CLPHP dedicated to developing and strengthening the public health workforce in Florida and nationally.

Funding for the activities of the USF PERLC is provided through a grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The USF PERLC is one of 14 national Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs) located in accredited schools of public health to serve in a national capacity in meeting the preparedness and response training and education needs of the U. S. public health workforce.

Mission Statement

The mission of the USF Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center is to improve Florida’s and the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies. We do so by collaboratively developing and delivering core competency-based training and education to the public health workforce.

The training and education responds to the public health preparedness and response needs of state, local, and tribal public health authorities, and emphasizes essential public health security capabilities.

Key Activities

  1. Design, Develop, and Deliver Core Competency-based Training for Florida’s Public Health Workforce
    • Design, develop, and deliver community preparedness, response and recovery system training, in partnership with the Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SCOAD).
    • Participate in stakeholder and partner meetings to identify public health workforce development needs and define core competency-based training requirements in Florida.
    • Design a curriculum and implementation plan for core competency-based training that targets Florida’s public health workers.
    • Identify and adapt (as needed and where possible) existing training, exercises and tools that support mastery and performance of the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, and adhere to the established design and development standards, requirements and guidelines.
    • Design and develop new training, exercises and performance support tools that: a) support mastery and performance of the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies; and b) meet documented needs or gaps in existing training offerings for Florida’s public health workers.
    • Develop a plan for integrating new courses into the core competency-based training program and ensuring new courses adhere to established design and development standards, requirements, and guidelines.
    • Coordinate the award of continuing professional education credits where applicable to public health and health professionals completing core competency-based training coursework.
    • Develop and implement a plan to ensure core competency-based training content is accurate, current, and accessible by Florida’s public health workers.
    • Deliver core competency-based training to Florida’s public health workers through the use of multiple instructional modalities.
    • Evaluate core competency-based training.
    • Disseminate training products and materials to states, localities, territories, and tribal public health authorities, and other partners and stakeholders.
  2. Design, Develop, and Deliver Partner-Requested Education and Training
    • Collaborate with U.S. states, localities, territories, and tribal public health authorities to define the public health preparedness and response needs of Florida’s public health workforce.
    • Assess the extent to which the public health preparedness and response needs of Florida’s public health workers are being fulfilled by existing workforce development activities of the Center or other health entities.
    • Utilize and improve existing training and exercises to meet partners’ needs in public health preparedness and response.
    • Develop and deliver new training that expands upon core competency-based training or other existing training to meet documented state and local partner-identified needs.
    • Evaluate newly-developed training, education, and exercise materials.
  3. Participate in Program Core and Network Activities
    • Develop partnerships with public health authorities within Florida.
    • Participate in the validation and translation of the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies for application in practice and academic settings.
    • Collaborate on the development of core curricula frameworks, based on the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies that provide proposed national standards and guidelines for public health preparedness and response training and education in practice and academic settings.
    • Provide just-in-time training, performance support tools (i.e., job-aids), health education or communication messages, and other tools or resources to affected communities in support of response and recovery missions.
    • Collaborate on the development of standardized training evaluation measures for use across the PERLC network.
    • Collaborate with CDC in ongoing program evaluation activities to ensure continuous process improvement, and documentation of program effectiveness and outcomes.
    • Share lessons learned; best practices; and training plans, products and materials within the PERLC network and with stakeholders and partners representing states, localities, territories, and tribal public health authorities and other academic institutions and applicable training centers.
    • Participate in CDC-convened awardee and partner meetings and periodic conference calls to share experiences, data and materials.
    • Collaborate with CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRC) for the purposes of a) identifying gaps in preparedness and response education and training research b) identifying PERRC research findings that are relevant and applicable to training the workforce; and c) working with the PERRC investigators to develop and implement plans to make use of the identified research findings in the development of training products and programs for the workforce.

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