Healer' Healing and Resiliency in the Aftermath of Disaster: Emergency Readiness Rounds


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Course Description

This course is provided by University of Minnesota Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

As first responders, medical and mental health personnel, and public health professionals serving within the acute phases of a disaster transition to longer-term phases in recovery efforts (or back into their "normal" jobs), attention to these healers' own healing and resiliency is essential to maintaining balance and mental/physical health. Dr. Mendenhall introduces key manners in which to harness our resources across individual, family, and social systems' continua, contextualizing these foci within the 9-11, Hurricane Katrina, and Minneapolis 35-W bridge disasters.                                                                              

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Target Audience

This course is designed for Allied Health Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, Physicians and Other Clinicians, Emergency Responders / Receivers,General Public Health Staff, Case Manager

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify current issues and controversies surrounding emergency readiness and response
  2. Discuss legal and ethical implications for health professionals
  3. Identify the various roles health professionals perform in emergency response
  4. Contribute to the development of a disaster response plan

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

Tier One

  • Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Describes the programs and services provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve the health of a community
  • Recognizes relationships that are affecting health in a community (e.g., relationships among health departments, hospitals, community health centers, primary care providers, schools, community-based organizations, and other types of organizations)
  • Supports relationships that improve health in a community
  • Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources)
  • Engages community members (e.g., focus groups, talking circles, formal meetings, key informant interviews) to improve health in a community
  • Provides input for developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services
  • Uses assets and resources (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, hospitals, faith-based organizations, academic institutions, federal grants, fellowship programs) to improve health in a community
  • Informs the public about policies, programs, and resources that improve health in a community
  • Describes the importance of community-based participatory research

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities

Community Preparedness

  • Function 1: Determine risks to the health of the jurisdiction
  • Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness
  • Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks
  • Function 4: Coordinate training or guidance to ensure community engagement in preparedness efforts

Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies

Model Leadership

  • Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others



Credit /CEU

.15 CEU or 90 minutes or 1.5 Contact Hour


1.5 hrs.


None listed

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