A MODEL of core competencies for the public health preparedness work force is being designed to provide a national standard of skills to be used in all-hazards preparedness and response situations.
Headed by the Association of Schools of Public Health, the Preparedness and Response Core Competency Development Project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. Project organizers have been recruiting volunteers for several months and are hoping to get public health practitioners on board.
"This model would serve as the first comprehensive competency set developed by the major governmental, professional and academic partners involved in public health," Elizabeth Weist, MPH, MA, CPH, director of special projects for the Association of Schools of Public Health, told The Nation's Health.
She said taking lessons learned from recent and ongoing public health threats--hurricanes and H1N1 influenza, for example--builds on existing work by organizations such as CDC, the American Medical Association and Council on Linkages Between Academic and Public Health Practice.
The project's national leadership group is co-chaired by APHA members Audrey Gotsch, DrPH, CHES, and C. William Keck, MD, MPH. That group will guide several volunteer work groups to help craft the competencies the U. …