Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery

As a national network, NNPHI is committed to providing emergency preparedness, response, and recovery technical assistance to our partners across the nation. The EPRR portfolio is focused on building disaster-related public health capacity and preparing our member institutes and communities to response 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.

Acknowledging the impacts that climate change & disasters have on human health, NNPHI established the EPRR program to strengthen community preparedness and take actionable steps to increase resiliency throughout the United States.

Our Work

As a national network, we are committed to providing emergency preparedness, response, and recovery technical assistance to our partners across the nation. Focused on building disaster-related public health capacity, EPRR seeks to enhance the ability of our member institutes and communities to prepare for and respond to a variety of emergencies and disasters. NNPHI staff and member institutes have a vast array of expertise focused on addressing emergencies and disasters and seek to address the related public health impacts.

Currently, our work includes the following projects:

Climate & Health

NNPHI has signed on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity, a policy health action agenda that promotes making health integral to climate policymaking. The EPRR portfolio is pursuing a variety of climate change, environmental health, and disaster mitigation related projects as they work with the member institutes to advance a network-wide climate initiative.

 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Climate Change Crisis

NNPHI has signed on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health, and Equity, a policy health action agenda that promotes making health integral to climate policymaking.

Resources and Links

CDC Resources

FEMA Resources

Public Health Learning Navigator

Pandemic Influenza Resources

Project Firstline Resources

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery Team at eprr@nnphi.org.

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