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

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 will provide participants with the resources and knowledge needed to implement PFA training within an organization or facility.

Course objectives:
At the end of the education sessions, learners will be able to:
• Describe what PFA is and why it is important;
• Recognize the importance of PFA as a key mechanism for enhancing Workforce Resilience;
• Identify the core components of PFA;
• Identify existing online PFA courses and resources;
• Describe how to select and modify PFA training resources & scenarios for a target audience;
• Identify policies and practices to support PFA training
• Implement scenario specific interactive PFA practice based sessions to facilitate skill acquisition; and
• Identify local behavioral health resources to support PFA training activities within your organization

Training Dates and Locations

  • September 9, 2016 12:30-4:30 pm North Country - Adirondack Med Center
  • September 26, 2016 12:30-4:30pm Capital District - HANYS
  • September 27, 2016 11-4pm Central New York - Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • November 7, 2016 10-3pm  MARO Region - Rockland Fire Training Center
  • November 17, 2016 10-2pm Western New York - Genesee Fire Training Center
  • November 30, 2016 8:30-12:30pm Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council



To register for the webinar, please go to and either register or login to the LMS. Search Course Catalog for Psychological First Aid for Training Coordinators or UASPH-CPHP 2016 PFA and enroll in a session.


Psychological First Aid Technical Assistance Purpose of Training:

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 is co-sponsored by the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. 2.5 CEUs available.

Training Dates:

  • October 25, 2016 from 10-1pm  Fishkill


To register click on the links below. 


Pediatric Emergency Preparedness Training Seminar

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

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.

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


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

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).

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.