Public Health Emergency Response: Needs Assessment of Leadership Training and Exercises in Incident Management

Who

The Institute for Public Research at CNA and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) are conducting a web-based assessment through a project in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This assessment collects information at an organizational perspective from state, territorial, and local health department personnel in the United States. Information collected in this assessment include organizational demographic information, ideal and current state of training/exercises, as well as associated successes and key barriers for developing public health emergency response leaders in incident management. Participation is voluntary and contingent on your agreement and having the knowledge and authority to provide responses that reflect your agency’s position on topics and matters covered herein. Public health emergency response leaders and leadership are defined as follows:

  • Public health emergency response leader: an individual working at a public health department or agency withdesignated oversight duties and responsibilities to direct, manage, and/or supervise activities in response to a publichealth emergency or emergencies
  • Leadership: specific competencies, skills, attributes, qualities and actions pertaining to making decisions or directing,managing, or influencing others in the interest of achieving tactical or strategic goals

How and What

Participation entails completion of an online assessment that will take approximately 20 minutes. The purpose of the web-based assessment is to gain insight on:

  • The types of training, exercise, or related professional development opportunities that should ideally be supportedby state, territorial and local health departments with the aim of developing current/future emergency responseleaders at the organizational level.
  • The types of training, exercise, or related professional development opportunities are available, offered, supported,or planned by state, territorial and local health departments with the aim of developing current/future emergencyresponse leaders at the organizational level.
  • The main barriers or facilitators to developing, delivering, supporting or accessing training, exercises or relatedprofessional development opportunities for current/future emergency response leaders in state, territorial and localhealth departments at the organizational level.

Where and When

You can participate in the web-based assessment by clicking on the link in the invitation email during the response period. Three weeks after the initiation of the web-based assessment, you will receive a reminder email and a second reminder email one week before the web-based assessment closes.

Why

The CDC is NOT interested in evaluating state and local public health emergency response training programs or the performance of public health practitioners. Through the web-based assessment, the CDC seeks to gain different perspectives on the ideal and current state of emergency response leadership training, exercise and related professional development opportunities as well as key barriers and facilitators. Following the web-based assessment, the CDC aims to share the results and potential adaptable recommendations among state and local health departments to address organization-level training and/or exercise needs.

Page last reviewed: October 13, 2020, 03:00 PM