CDHP Training

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CDHP provides four unique options for training on campus, at a healthcare facility or online:

▼   Basic Course

CDHP Basic

The primary goal of the BASIC course is to establish a common nomenclature, an understanding of the basics of disaster healthcare preparedness, and further the development and sustainment of the Healthcare Coalitions, healthcare associations and healthcare facilities in Alabama. CDHP BASIC is designed for those who have never attended CDHP, as well as those who would like a refresher course on a basic, core disaster response training curriculum. Additionally, CDHP considers input for course material from Healthcare Coalitions needing to meet identified gaps to strengthen Community Resilience, Incident Management, Information Management, Countermeasures and Mitigation, Surge Management, and Bio-surveillance. CDHP BASIC key topics are timely, updated and consistent with both existing and developing threats faced by the healthcare, public health, disaster response communities, as well as those required by HPP and overlapping PHEP programs. The USA CDHP curriculum consists of best practices and key courses from previous CDHP sessions. Guidance from ADPH CEP, Healthcare Coalitions, healthcare associations, healthcare facilities, HPP Guidelines and feedback received through course evaluations were considered in delivering the following proposed topics, either as a standalone module, or a component of a module:

  • Patient Surge Capacity & Capability
  • Resource Management
  • Crisis Standards of Care
  • COVID-19 (a look back and current status)
  • Infectious Disease
  • Incident Management Structures
  • Healthcare Coalitions (Activities, Coordination & Collaboration and Planning)
  • Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS)
  • Disaster Mental Health – Healthcare Personnel
  • Stop the Bleed
  • Cyber Security
  • Healthcare Security
  • Emergency Preparedness Regulations
  • Public Information & Communication Practices

CDHP BASIC is a 2-day course delivered to Healthcare Coalition members consisting of key administrative, and, clinical and non-clinical staff of hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers, public health, emergency management, emergency response and public safety agencies, mental health facilities, specialty healthcare service facilities and all other prospective healthcare coalition members.

Class size will be limited to 60 per session at the CDHP classroom on campus at the University of South Alabama, or, to be determined by the room capacity of an off-campus location if more than 100 seats are needed.

Testimonials: What our attendees are saying about BASIC

“I’m much better prepared to manage a disaster for my hospital due to the training I’ve received through this program. Each class has been a building block for me.”

“I’ve had my eyes opened to how much work and planning goes into emergency preparedness. Very glad I came and will come again.”

“Provided information I never knew existed. It should leave participants with a new found respect for every level of patient care extended to those in critical need.”

“This is my third time here. I have learned a lot in the past years and I have learned even more this time.”

▼   CDHP Onsite

CDHP Onsite

USA CDHP offers preparedness and response Onsite activities to Healthcare Coalitions across the State.  These activities are hosted at any location the HCC chooses.  The primary goal is to broaden HCC participation by hosting regional sessions, inviting regional response partners, enhancing collaboration and membership participation in the Healthcare Coalitions. Onsite activities can include, but are not limited to workshops, planning sessions, training, coalition activities, COVID-19 After Action Reviews and Corrective Action Planning, and any other session requested by the Healthcare Coalitions to improve readiness, response, continuity and patient surge capacities and capabilities.  Onsite training will also include topics as identified through HCC gaps, member needs and interests and any HCC requirement as defined in the HPP 2017-2022 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities. Examples of topics include but are not limited to:

  • Basics of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and National Response Framework (NRF)
  • CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements 
  • Cyber Threats
  • Introduction to Active Shooter Events
  • Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Introduction to National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Introduction to National Response Framework (NRF)
  • Medical Needs Shelters
  • Mental Health Planning Considerations
  • Strategic National Stockpile/Points of Dispensing (SNS/PODS)
  • Volunteer Utilization
  • Blast Explosion/High Velocity Gunshot and Active Shooter
  • Decontamination and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Overview
  • Fatality Management Considerations
  • Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA), Continuity of Operations and Recovery
  • Healthcare Coalitions, Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS) and Communications Healthcare Emergency Management Guidelines and Regulations
  • Public Information Officer training
  • Healthcare Facility Security
  • Infectious Disease Threats: Current and Emerging
  • Legal Issues Related to Healthcare Emergency Planning 
  • Planning and Developing an Active Shooter Response Plan for a Healthcare Facility
  • Practical Application of Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Surge capacity, Resource Management - Supply Chain and Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA)
  • The Role of Public Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Alabama Incident Management System User Training 
  • Crisis Standards of Care/Resource and Patient Care Dilemmas
  • National Incident Management System (ICS), Incident Command System (ICS) and National Response Framework (NRF)
  • Decontamination and Personal Protective Equipment Overview, Presentation, Demonstration, Practice Disaster Plans: Elements of Plan and Process for Development
  • Infectious Diseases Decontamination & Personal Protective Equipment: Presentation, Demo, and Practice
  • Healthcare Coalition Sustainment Workshop 
  • Healthcare Coalition Planning Workshop
  • Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Workshop
  • Exercise Planning 101 Workshop
  • Coalition Surge Planning & Surge Annexes (Pediatric, Infectious Disease, Burn, Radiation and Chemical)
  • Continuity of Operations Planning, Healthcare Delivery System Recovery Workshop 

Testimonials: What our attendees are saying about Road Shows

“Really enjoyed the practical examples; it made the information personal to our area.”

“Great to come together, renew contacts. As always, good content.”

“Gives you something to think about. What you do in an emergency situation, to keep people safe and to prioritize.”

“Thank you for coming. Especially like hearing what we have learned from prior to disasters.”

▼   Simulation Course

CDHP Simulation

Using the best practices identified as a result of recognized needs, CDHP in partnership with the University of South Alabama’s Simulation Department has will designed, developed and delivers interactive training in the form of simulated clinical scenarios:

  • Triage and Rapid Assessment during Mass Casualty events
  • Decontamination of patients
  • Chemical Exposures – signs and symptoms
  • Evacuation of critical patients
  • Physical assessment (basic) refresher courses
  • Mass casualty clinical activities in both healthcare facilities and field environments
  • Trauma patients
  • Surge and Pediatric stabilization
  • Burn stabilization
  • Skill stations
  • Other specific topics agreed to by CDHP and ADPH/CEP

USA CDHP offers ten disaster preparedness clinical simulation training sessions. Class size will be limited to 25 per session.

Testimonials: What our attendees are saying about Simulation 

“Instructors very knowledgeable. Will be recommending this course to our staff!”

“It was great to interact with other healthcare workers with different levels of experience.”

“This was by far the best continuing ed class I have been to.”

“The staff was wonderful and made me very comfortable. I feel more confident about disaster situations.”

▼   Administrative Session

The Administrative Session is a two-day course designed for Chief and Administrator level personnel charged with disaster response and/or preparedness for their organizations. The course is designed to enhance disaster leadership and critical decision making skills. The session hosts internationally and nationally recognized presenters that speak to relevant topics advancing healthcare preparedness and response to disasters. It will also provide a platform for knowledge exchange, reinforcement of lessons learned, and a sharing of recent updates and federal/state guidance, specifically emergency/disaster management issues identified from previous disaster responses.



CDHP Training programs and activities are the result of funding provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Center for Emergency Preparedness (ADPH-CEP), via a cooperative agreement from the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Training programs are sponsored by the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education. Course content and schedules operate on a grant year beginning in July – June of each year.

Each of our training programs are offered free of charge to all interested healthcare providers, Healthcare Coalition members and community emergency response partners in the state of Alabama.  There is no registration cost associated with the CDHP Training Programs for Alabama Residents. CDHP will cover the cost of hotel rooms for BASIC, Administrative and Simulation programs which may require overnight accommodations for attendees living outside of Mobile County. Class attendance is required for payment to be validated. 

CDHP welcomes Non-Alabama healthcare professional to attend CDHP courses when space is available. Non-Alabama attendees cover all cost associated with attending CDHP programs. For more information and/or to inquire about course availability, call 251-461-1805.