Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP)

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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

A draft of the full guide and training are available for download below:


Individual Modules (downloadable):

  • Introduction
    • 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
    • Instructions on how to implement interactive PFA practice based sessions to facilitate skill acquisition
    • 10 practice based scenarios
    • PFA Model Practice Videos - Each video models how to use PFA in a practice session.  The overall scenario is a virulent strain of influenza.
  • 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), collaborated on 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 included information for medical, trauma, and crisis response specific to the most vulnerable population in any emergency—children.  The PowerPoint presentations from the seminar are available below.

1. Care during Crisis - Let's include the children - David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP

2. Bomb and Blast Injuries - Heidi P. Cordi, MD, MPH, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAADM

3. Penetrating Trauma in Pediatric Patients - Heidi P. Cordi, MD, MPH, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, FAADM

4. NYS Sepsis Initiative Update - Marcus Friedrich, MD, MBA, FACP

5. Sepsis in Children - Debbie Tristram, MD


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

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.

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

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



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.