Climate and Crisis Preparedness

Our Work

As a national network, NNPHI is committed to providing climate and crisis preparedness technical assistance to our partners across the nation. Acknowledging the impacts that climate change & disasters have on human health, NNPHI established the Climate and Crisis Preparedness portfolio (formerly known as Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) to strengthen community preparedness, expand environmental health, and take actionable steps to increase climate & disaster resiliency throughout the United States.

The CCP portfolio is focused on building climate & disaster-related public health capacity in order to prepare our member institutes and communities to respond to a variety of emergencies and disasters.

NNPHI staff and member institutes encompass a vast array of climate and health, as well as disaster mitigation and recovery expertise that can be utilized to address the impacts that climate change will have on the nation’s health.

As the frequency and intensity of climate related events continue to increase, CCP seeks to expand the climate and environmental public health capacity of NNPHI and our member institutes to address a variety of emergencies and disaster in local communities. With a wide variety of expertise, both NNPHI staff and member institutes work together to provide climate and crisis preparedness, response, and recovery technical assistance and much more across the nation.

Currently, our work includes the following projects:



Infection Prevention

Project Firstline

CDC’s Project Firstline is a diverse collaborative of healthcare and public health partners that aims to provide engaging and effective infection control training for millions of frontline U.S. healthcare workers. As a Project Firstline partner, NNPHI seeks to provide innovative content that will help healthcare workers and public health officials confidently apply infection control principles within their facility and community.

Tasked with the objective of building public health technical capacity, NNPHI intends to leverage knowledge and tool sharing between public health organizations and their local clinical communities to better inform infection control recommendations.



Climate & Health

NNPHI Public Health AmeriCorps

NNPHI is thrilled to announce the NNPHI Public Health AmeriCorps Program! Through a partnership with AmeriCorps and CDC, NNPHI will host 10 members within public health institutes across the network to better support communities around climate & disaster resiliency. Learn more about this exciting project below.


NNPHI Environmental Health & Climate Workgroup

The mission of the NNPHI’s Environmental Health and Climate Workgroup is to serve as a trusted consortium in adapting, preparing for, and recovering from the impacts of climate change and environmental disasters. The group will support the network of public health institutes and training centers across the country and all environmental and public health professionals. We aim to empower and expand awareness of environmental health and crisis preparedness within the built environment, community engagement, emerging issues, and technical assistance to the public health workforce.


NNPHI Climate Ambassador Training

Get continuing education credits and learn about climate and health at the same time. With this four-hour training, which you can do online and on your own time, you will strengthen your knowledge about climate change, working for climate solutions, and how to speak and advocate on the issue with confidence and success. The training is FREE and comes with resources and other support.

Sign up and take the training for NNPHI members HERE using the code NNPHICfHAmbassador.


Data Science & Leadership

Public Health Leadership and Education, Advancing Health Equity and Data Science

The NNPHI CCP Public Health Leadership and Education, Advancing Health Equity and Data Science (PH LEADS) project is an initiative aimed at developing data science and leadership capabilities within public health institutions. The CCP team is working to develop resources and recommendations in data science and leadership to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to address complex public health challenges. This project serves as a valuable tool for nurturing and empowering the next generation of public health leaders


Infant & Child Mortality

The Michigan Public Health Institute is partnering with NNPHI to address infant & child mortality. Through evidence-based solutions, this project seeks to address disparities, offering statewide technical assistance, data entry, and support for child fatalities prevention. Learn more about this important work below.



Past Projects

Coaching for Enhanced Disease Intervention Skills

NNPHI is working with the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention to develop a coaching program for disease intervention staff at state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments that focuses on interviewing, rapport building, problem solving and cultural humility skills. Selected participants will be offered the opportunity to work with expert disease intervention coaches to increase their confidence in relevant skills.

Hurricane Response Resource Library

In response to the devastating 2017 hurricanes, NNPHI developed and launched the Hurricane Response Hub in 5 U.S. states most impacted by the storms. Each of the technical assistance centers pursued innovative approaches to support the disaster recovery and future hurricane preparedness needs of their communities, while also responding to other disasters that impact their jurisdictions over to the 2-year project period. Resources and trainings developed and promoted by NNPHI, and the 5 technical assistance centers can be found here.

If you are interested in learning more about the project, the Hurricane Response Hub Evaluation Report can be found on the Resource Library page.

Disaster Mortality Surveillance

In response to the growing number of natural disasters that the United States is facing each year, the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health sought to improve the reporting of deaths cause directly and indirectly by disasters. In partnership with NNPHI and three state-level public health organizations, this project hosted a disaster mortality surveillance training program for healthcare providers, coroners, and medical examiners to better understand how to report disaster-related deaths.

Pandemic Influenza

NNPHI partnered with the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) to improve Pandemic Influenza preparedness within community health centers.

Opioid Crisis

In partnership with the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, NNPHI is leading an Opioid Crisis project that aims to prevent and address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which are a known risk factor for opioid misuse. Leveraging new cross-sector partnerships within communities, this project connects local and state initiatives to community-driven solutions for the prevention of ACEs, as a way to reduce opioid misuse.

Resources and Links

Climate and Crisis Preparedness (CCP) Tools

Public Health Learning Navigator

Climate Tools

CDC Resources

FEMA Resources

Contact Us

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