Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP)

Welcome to the UAlbany Center for Public Health Preparedness web site. Please take a look at the upcoming events listed below. Our website is currently under construction so please come back often to view the new changes. You can access our eLearning Center through the tab below.

Please refer to the list below for recent and upcoming events.

Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola Training


The UAlbany Center for Public Health Preparedness hosted a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Training for Ebola for local health department and college  health services staff on Friday, November 22, 2014. We would like to thank Albany Medical Center staff: Scott, Rebecca, and Megan for providing the instruction and students: Douglas Done and Janine McCarthy for demonstrating the donning and doffing of PPE! Nicely done!


The Ebola Outbreak: How NYS is Preparing and What We All Need to Know

The School of Public Health hosted a special community dialogue event entitled "The Ebola Outbreak: How New York State is Preparing and What We All Need to Know" on Monday, November 3, 2014 at the School of Public Health Auditorium on the East Campus. Dean Philip C. Nasca, Dr. Martin Tenniswood, Empire Innovations Professor of Biomedical Science and Dr. Guthrie Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner of the NYS Department of Health, discussed the biology of the Ebola disease and the public health approach in the US. An archived webstream of the presentation is available on Youtube.

For additional information, contact: John Justino at or Carol Whittaker at

For additional information about Ebola, please visit the NYS DOH website or the CDC website at

Developing Disaster Resiliency in the Karen Refugee Community

November 11, 2014

As part of a Center project to improve disaster resiliency within the Karen Refugee Community, the University at Albany Center for Public health Preparedness hosted a FREE CPR/AED Training course to over 20 Karen refugee leaders and youth! With the help of a locally certified language interpreter, the group was able to complete their very first training session! Great job, everyone!


Flu Vaccine Clinic and POD Training

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The UAlbany School of Public Health in collaboration with Maxim Health Systems, offered a seasonal flu immunization clinic to all East Campus students, faculty and staff.  MPH students and Preventive Medicine Residents collaborated in POD Operations, assisting with registration, screening, education, and flow control.  

Culturally Competent Emergency Preparedness for the Developmentally Disabled Webinar

September 23, 2014 1:00-2:00 pm

This webinar is hosted by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, Office of Diversity Management.

Presenters: Richard Bell, OPWDD Emergency Management Coordinator and Blanca Angelica Gonzalez-Parker, RN, MPH, GC-PHSP, Consultant, University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness

The presenters will offer information on what to put in a residential facility’s emergency plan, and will outline nuances that are important, as well as how to provide culturally competent emergency preparedness for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Richard Bell is OPWDD’s Emergency Management Coordinator, and Blanca Angelica Gonzalez-Parker is a former EMT with significant expertise in cultural competency, public health preparedness, minority health issues, and training.

For more information, please click on the link or contact us at

Karen Refugee Community Emergency Preparedness Project

The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness partnered with the Refugee Community Health Partnership, the Albany County Department of Health, the Albany Sherriff's Office of Emergency Management and Karen leaders to increase the level of Emergency Preparedness of the Karen, the largest refugee community in the Albany area.  On Saturday, August 9th Karen community leaders attended an Emergency Preparedness Training, with interpretation provided by the Multicultural Association of Medical Interpreters (MAMI).


UAlbany School of Public Health Closed POD Drill

November 18, 2013 8:00-11:00am

Anthrax Scenario

POD Nov 2013

NYS Preventive Medicine Residents collaborated with the Rensselaer County Department of Health, the Albany College of Pharmacy, the UAlbany Center for Public Health Preparedness, and first year MPH students in Prof. Insaf's seminar class to conduct a Closed POD drill at the East Campus.

Webinar Training

Wednesday, June 26th 10:00-11:30 am

Culturally Competent Brainstorm: Incorporating Traditional Latino Core Cultural Constructs into Public Health Messaging and Planning


Table Top Exercise

Tuesday, June 25th 10:00am-3:00pm

Sullivan County Public Health Services

Special Needs Populations Table Top Exercise


Face to Face Training

May 8-9, 2013
Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Training


 Training Available

Active Shooter Training for Local Public Health Staff and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers

NY.NJ PERLC Web-based Training Coordinator, Kristin Murphy, participated in an Emergency Preparedness video conference through the Early Childhood Education and Training Program. Watch the archived broadcast to find out more about emergency preparedness for child care centers. 

The University at Albany Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC)

The University at Albany PERLC is one of 14 funded training centers throughout the nation which seek to improve the knowledge and skills of public health workers for disasters and emergency situations.  The mission of the PERLC is to improve public health preparedness through training, exercises and other support to local and state health departments and their community partners.  The Preparedness Core Competencies and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Capabilities provide the foundation for PERLC trainings.  The UAlbany PERLC has a wide variety of training products. Recent trainings have focused on improving cultural competency with vulnerable and special needs populations.

CDC provides funding for 14 PERLC across the U.S. The PERLCs provide training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities within self-defined service areas and meet partners' unique workforce development needs in the area of public health preparedness and response; specialized training, education, and consultation. For more information on the PERLC program, visit ASPPH or e-mail:

Please visit our eLearning Center for all of our online training courses in public health preparedness. 

These projects are supported under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Grant number 5U90TP000404-05. The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.