Establishing Closed PODs: An Overview of Recruitment, Training and Operational Matters


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Course Description
This course is provided by South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

During a public health emergency that requires medical prophylaxis for a significant number of residents within 48-hours, it is essential to recruit private entities to serve its own employees and employees' family members. Closed Points Of Dispensing sites (PODs) can be alternatives to public POD sites and address the health department staffing challenges. This course provides an overview of the concepts and frameworks of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and Closed PODs. Subject Matter Experts from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Mississippi State Department of Health will discuss the process of requesting, recruitment, establishment, and operational matters for Closed PODs. Lessons learned and best practices related to the training, operating, and reporting of Closed PODs will be covered.

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Learning Objectives
Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Introduce the purpose of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and the process of allocate resources from CDC to state and local agencies
2. Explain the mission and importance of Closed PODs and the difference between Open and Closed PODs
3. Describe the process for an organization from qualification, recruitment, to being prepared to serve as a Closed POD
4. Provide strategies for implementing the plan by state health departments to increase the number of Closed PODs
5. Understand issues related to the training, operating, and reporting of Closed PODs

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Online/ Self-study

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2 hr.

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