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Course Description

This course is provided by University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living and the Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment and will require a secondary login and/or registration. 

A course designed for the public health, hospital, preparedness, emergency response and disaster relief workforce.                                                 

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Target Audience

This course is designed for Policy / Planner, Emergency Responders / Receivers, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Service

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe different needs populations.
  2. Use correct terminology.
  3. Describe methods to approach persons with disabilities.
  4. Gain skills to better perform your duties.
  5. Describe the characteristics and needs of individuals with disabilities.
  6. Acquire knowledge of best practices.
  7. Provide the best possible outcome for the client/consumer, the responder, and the receiver in the event of a natural or bioterrorist disaster.
  8. (#1) Describe the public health role in emergency response in a range of emergencies that might arise.
  9. (#4) Describe individual functional role(s) in emergency response and demonstrate the role(s) in regular drills.
  10. (#6) Describe communication role(s) in emergency response within the agency, using established communication systems for the agency, general public, personnel, and media.
  11. (#7) Identify limits to own knowledge, skills, and authority, and identify key systems for referring matters that exceed these limits.
  12. (#9) Apply creative problem solving and flexible thinking to unusual challenges within an individuals functional responsibility and evaluate effectiveness of all actions taken.

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

Tier One

Analytical / Assessment Skills

  • Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information

Policy Development / Program Planning Skills

  • Implements policies, programs, and services 

Communication Skills

  • Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images)
  • Facilitates communication among individuals, groups, and organizations 

Cultural Competency Skills

  • Describes the ways diversity may influence policies, programs, services, and the health of a community
  • Addresses the diversity of individuals and populations when implementing policies, programs, and services that affect the health of a community 

Public Health Sciences Skills

  • Contributes to the public health evidence base (e.g., participating in Public Health Practice
  • Based Research Networks, community-based participatory research, and academic health departments; authoring articles; making data available to researchers)

Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

  • Incorporates ethical standards of practice (e.g., Public Health Code of Ethics) into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities
  • Contributes to development of a vision for a healthy community (e.g., emphasis on prevention, health equity for all, excellence and innovation)

Tier Two

Policy Development / Program Planning Skills

  • Recommends policies, programs, and services for implementation

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

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Online/ Self-study

Credit /CEU

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Course Publication Date

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