Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP)

Welcome to the UAlbany Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) website. From 2002 to 2017, the CPHP was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and deliver Emergency Preparedness Training to public health professionals, emergency responders and other allied health professionals. Among the array of educational materials the Center has produced to date, the satellite broadcasts and web-based training courses have helped to establish a national and even international reputation for its distance-based learning.


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 [email protected].

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

Individual Modules (downloadable):

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.


For more information, please email [email protected].