Please refer to the list below for recent and upcoming events
Psychological First Aid for Training Coordinators
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed approach that provides staff and volunteers with practical ways to help people with their basic needs and immediate concerns during a disaster. The University at Albany Center for Public Health Preparedness (UACPHP) collaborated with the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz (IDMH), the NYS DOH, the NYS OMH and other partners to develop a Psychological First Aid Training Coordinator Guide and Training. The training and guide is intended to help coordinators tailor learning and skills based PFA activities to local needs and resources. This training provides participants with the resources and knowledge needed to implement PFA training within an organization or facility.
Training Materials developed under this grant are made publicly available below. Please note that training materials are in draft form. Please send your comments and suggestions for improvement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A draft of the full guide and training are available for download below:
Individual Modules (downloadable):
- What is PFA and Why is it Important?
- Getting to Outcomes® approach to program planning (RAND)
- Model PFA Training Plan
- Building Capacity for PFA Training (identifying local behavioral resources to support PFA training activities)
- PFA on-line review
- Detailed review of 14 online PFA courses and 2 apps
- Facilitator Guide and Practice Based Scenarios
- Guidance on how to select and modify PFA training resources & scenarios for a target audience
- Instructions on how to implement interactive PFA practice based sessions to facilitate skill acquisition
- 10 practice based scenarios
- PFA policies and practices
- Model PFA Training policy
- Examples of policies and practices
- Evaluation and Quality Improvement
- Evaluation of PFA skill acquisition
- PFA training program evaluation and quality improvement tools
- Additional PFA Resources
- Just in Time Training
- PFA Manuals
- PFA Videos
- Population specific PFA resources
- PFA Overview PPT
- The slide set is intended as a brief overview of PFA that can be used prior to implementing the PFA practice sessions. The slide set includes speaker notes and an audio recording.
This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement number U36 OE00002 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents are solely the responsibility of (institution or authors) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CDC.
Psychological First Aid Technical Assistance
The training is intended to prepare local mental and behavioral health staff to serve as Technical Assistance Providers for Psychological First Aid (PFA) training to their Emergency Preparedness partners. The training will provide learners with an overview of the Psychological First Aid (PFA) project and the role of behavioral health professionals in fostering PFA capacity and workforce resiliency at the local level. Participants will learn how to facilitate, moderate, and evaluate the interactive PFA sessions. Participants will learn how to tailor the scenario based activities to the role (administration, front line, etc.), level (beginner, intermediate, refresher, etc.) and setting (hospitals, public health, shelters, home care, etc.) of emergency preparedness partners. Practice based sessions included in the training. The training was co-sponsored by the University at Albany School of Social Welfare.
PFA Technical Assistance Training Materials
- A recorded audio version of the PFA Technical Assistance Training and PowerPoints are available on YouTube
- The facilitator guide and other training
materials are available for download above.
Pediatric Emergency Preparedness Training Seminar
May 24, 2017
The Center for Public Health Preparedness, as a member of the Capital District Regional Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition (CDR HEPC), is helping to sponsor a one day emergency preparedness training seminar which will provide a broad overview of potential care needs for the pediatric patient involved in an emergency/disaster situation.
The training seminar will include information for medical, trauma, and crisis response specific to the most vulnerable population in any emergency—children.
Registration will be available soon on the NYS LMS at www.nylearnsph.com
Public Safety Training for Karen Community
March 28, 2015
The Center is working with Karen Refugee Community Leaders and the Rensselaer County Police Department to improve police relations and public safety. As part of the effort, the Rensselaer County Police Department is providing a FREE public safety training to the Karen Refugee Community
Developing Disaster Resiliency in the Karen Refugee Community
February 19, 2015
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/First Aid 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 the two-part training session! Great job, everyone!
Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola Training
November 22, 2014
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!
For additional information about Ebola, please visit the NYS DOH website or the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/index.html
Flu Vaccine Clinic and POD Training
November 3, 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
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.
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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).
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
Active Shooter Training for Local Public Health Staff and Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers