CASPER Training & Resources
NCEH and our partners have developed numerous resources and trainings to aid in conducting a CASPER. For field materials – questionnaire templates, tracking form, consent, etc. – please visit CASPER Field Materials.
CDC’s NCEH provides disaster epidemiology training to state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health and emergency response staff by request. The purpose of the training is to
- increase emergency response capacity,
- improve disaster epidemiology skills,
- share lessons learned.
If you are a STLT health department and would like to be considered for training, please consult with your leadership and then contact CASPER@cdc.gov. You may also download a Disaster Epidemiology Training Request form pdf icon[PDF – 457 KB]. A presentation template ppt icon[PPT – 37 MB] (508 PDF version pdf icon[PDF – 7 MB]) for full-day CASPER training is also available.
CDC is pleased to provide the online eLearning for CASPER
The goal of the CASPER E-Learning is to supplement the CASPER toolkit by providing an overview of the CASPER methodology, its uses, and the local capabilities required to conduct a CASPER. Continuing Education (CE) credits are available. Information on CE credits is provided. Whether it is the first time you are exposed to CASPER or you are a seasoned veteran looking for a refresher, we hope that you find this eLearning useful.
One-pagers and Factsheets
- Helpful Tips for a Successful CASPER pdf icon[PDF 4 MB]: A quick refresher of key CASPER elements and steps; intended to supplement the CASPER toolkit
- CDC One Page Fact sheet on CASPER
- Flint Water Crisis CASPER
- Deepwater Horizon CASPER
- CASPER Interview Tips pdf icon[PDF 3.35 MB] provides a general guideline for making the interview successful.
Training and Field Assistance
- Introduction to systematic random sampling in the fieldexternal icon Developed by the California Department of Health, a short introduction to selecting households to interview
- Just-in-time training video. Developed by Harris County, Texas, a short video on Just-in-time training
- Using Incident Command System (ICS) for CASPER implementation: Introductionexternal icon. Developed by the California Department of Health, a short introduction to ICS
- Using Incident Command System for CASPER implementation: Case Studyexternal icon. Developed by the California Department of Health, a case study for using ICE during CASPER
- CDC Response to Hurricanes (YouTube video). Short video on the use and benefit of CASPER using the 2017 Hurricane response in the U.S. Virgin Islands as an example
- Fort Bend County CASPER: Reviews a CASPER conducted to evaluate “How Prepared” jurisdictions are and close any gaps in community preparedness through education and training.
- Hurricane Harvey CASPER Assessment: Series of short videos prepared by Harris County reviews the CASPER conducted in the southeast portion of Harris County Texas after Hurricane Harvey, 2017.
- Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES) CASPER Assessment – March 2015: Reviews a preparedness CASPER conducted in Harris County, Texas
- Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES) CASPER Assessment – January 2016: Reviews a preparedness CASPER conducted in Pasadena in January 2016
- Public Health Emergency Response at the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo: Shows how workers representing various agencies worked to collect CASPER data
- Pocket Field Guideexternal icon: The purpose of this pocket field guide is to help make CASPER priorities clearer and prompt people to function better as a team in a Texas Department of State Health Services CASPER strike team deployment.
- CASPER Lessons Learnedexternal icon: This document, created by the Texas Department of State Health Services, outlines over 70 high level lessons in planning and conducting a CASPER from Texas state, regional, and local experiences.