Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) Program
The original CPHP program, described here, closed in August 2010. Information presented is for historical purposes only. The Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) cooperative agreement represents the next iteration of the Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) program.
CPHP Program activities are categorized into three distinct areas: Education and Training, Partner-requested, and Supportive. In order for an activity to be approved, the CPHP must address certain elements related to the corresponding activity category. Below are descriptions and examples of the three activity categories. Further information on activity requirements can be found in the FY 2009 CPHP Continuation Guidance.
Education and Training Activities
The primary focus of CPHP program activities is the delivery of education, training, and dissemination of new information related to enhancing emergency preparedness and response. Preparedness education activities may be either partner-requested based on a community need, or academic or university student-focused. Examples of these activities include: courses, train-the-trainer programs, conferences, workshops, preparedness curriculum development, internships, and training exercises/drills, each of which should be evaluated for instructional effectiveness. All approved education and training should address a need or performance gap identified in collaboration with State and Local public health partners.
Partner-requested Activities (Other than Education / Training)
State and local agency partners and the CPHP mutually identify needs other than education or training that can be met based on CPHP qualifications, expertise, and resources available to commit to the specific activity. Examples of this type of activity include: exercises or drills to assess participants' knowledge, skills, and abilities to respond; assistance with measuring key performance indicators of public health preparedness; ongoing assessment of workforce education and training needs; and internships, fellowships, and scholarships designed to address public health workforce shortages.
Supportive activities are activities needed for general support of preparedness education, outreach, partnerships, and CPHP program evaluation. Other examples of activities include: ongoing enhancement of resources for education or information dissemination; developing publications; convening state and local preparedness partners for on-going planning; and maintenance of learning management systems.
The following summary reflects program data from activities conducted by the CPHPs since FY 2005. CPHPs submit goals for each activity and the CDC gauges their progress through routine reporting.
As of Feb 28, 2009, the CPHP Program has successfully achieved the following:
- 2,319 program activities have reached over 717,535 learners.
- Target audiences have expanded from 15 categories in FY 2005 to over 37 categories in FY 2008
- Since FY 2005, CPHPs have conducted 1,411 education and training activities, 365 partner-requested activities, and 543 supportive activities.