CDHP Training

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.he 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:

  • Stop the Bleed (New)
    Healthcare Coalitions & Alabama Incident Management System
  • Surge Capacity, Resource Management, and Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA)
  • Crisis Standards of Care/Resource and Patient Care Dilemmas
  • Rapid Assessment and Disaster Triage Methods
  • Mental Health Planning Considerations
  • Healthcare Facility Security
  • CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements
  • Basics of National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and National Response Framework (NRF)
  • The Role of Public Health In Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Legal Issues Related to Healthcare Emergency Planning
  • Blast-Explosion/High Velocity Gunshot and Active Shooter
  • Infectious Disease Threats: Current and Emerging

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 100 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.”

▼   Road Show Courses

CDHP Road Show

USA CDHP offers a series of Road Shows, bringing Healthcare Coalition preparedness and response activities on site to coalitions and healthcare facilities across the State.  The primary goal of the program is to allow participation by more regional staff in their own facilities, invite regional neighbors/response partners, and enhance collaboration in the Healthcare Coalitions by providing an understanding of disaster healthcare preparedness. CDHP Road Show, in the form of training sessions or workshops are designed from input from Healthcare Coalitions, healthcare associations and healthcare facilities needing to meet identified gaps to strengthen Community Resilience, Incident Management, Information Management, Countermeasures and Mitigation, Surge Management, and Bio-surveillance.  CDHP Road Show 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.

USA CDHP provides 36 Road Shows to Healthcare Coalitions member agencies, healthcare associations and healthcare facilities to include: 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 healthcare coalition member facilities. 

CDHP Road Show is a 1-day offering of one of the following: 1) Training topics selected from the current CDHP Basic and Road Show core curriculums; 2) Disaster preparedness involving expanded training of awareness topics customized for a specific Healthcare Coalition; 3) Planning or workshops designed from specific needs identified by Healthcare Coalitions, healthcare associations and healthcare facilities, such as Evacuation, Crisis Standards of Care or Surge Response; 4) Topics based on gaps identified by Coalition assessments; or 5) Any other specific topic or requirement relating to the Hospital Preparedness Program guidance.  All specialized training, planning, workshops or assessments not included in the CDHP core curriculum will be submitted to ADPH-CEP prior to conducting the session. All activities are designed to provide current best practices to coordinate an effective community healthcare response to disasters.  The current CDHP Road Show menu of topics to be selected will include, but not be limited to, the following proposed topics: 

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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.”

▼   HEPP Online Course

CDHP Healthcare Preparedness Professional (HEPP) Online Course

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professional (HEPP) is an online, certificate based program for Alabama healthcare professionals. HEPP is targeted to those who are currently responsible for emergency preparedness at a healthcare facility and/or interested in the role of a healthcare facility emergency preparedness planner. The course is conducted during an 11-month period (July - June) and is comprised of 4 Modules which include planning elements required for the development and management of a healthcare emergency preparedness program.

The course requires a minimum of 250-300 hours of time, encompassing reading and student assignments. All assignments are completed online and relate back to your facility's emergency management program. Topics covered include: concepts and principles of crisis leadership, crisis communication, incident command, risk management, regulatory compliance, planning, hazard assessments, written plan development, continuity of operations, evacuation planning, exercise development and implementation, Public Health disaster preparedness and response roles and capabilities and a practical application assignment. 

To receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of South Alabama, Center for Continuing Education, students must complete a minimum of 80% of the course lessons, provide a formal presentation of the student’s selected final project and demonstrate an increase of knowledge through completed lessons and post assessment. 

Each yearly course is limited to up to 25 students per year. For more information and/or to be placed on a wait-list for an upcoming HEPP course, send an email to elizabethwilliams@southalabama.edu and/or call 251-461-1813.

Testimonials: What our attendees are saying about HEPP

“I've found the instructors’ feedback most useful and on point. Their review comments and questions back impressed me. Their questions challenged me to look at some things in a new way.”

“This course was in-depth and required me to conduct additional research and study to improve upon my knowledge base. Made me get to a higher standard of current knowledge.”

“The online platform provides 24/7 accessibility to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. The lessons were on important topics and the reading material provided was very useful.”

 

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 ASPR. Training programs are sponsored by the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.

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. 

Course content and schedules operate on a grant year beginning in July – June of each year. Courses are scheduled according to the CDHP Healthcare Coalition Training Map. To foster collaboration, planning and networking among Healthcare Coalition members and community responders, we encourage attendees to register for the course that aligns with their respective Healthcare Coalition and/or works best with your schedule. 

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.