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U-SEEE PERL

 

The School of Public Health offers competency-based preparedness and response training that meets the needs of state, local and tribal public health authorities and partners. We develop and deliver these offerings through U-SEEE PERL (University of Minnesota: Simulations, Exercises & Effective Education Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center).

See a listing of U-SEEE PERL courses

Training Highlights

Established in 2010, the goals of U-SEEE PERL (University of Minnesota: Simulations, Exercises & Effective Education Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center) are to develop, deliver and evaluate core competency-based training for the public health workforce, and to work together with state, local, and tribal partners to meet training needs in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Through these efforts, U-SEEE PERL supports achievement of the National Health Security Strategy to enhance community resilience by building essential public health security capabilities.

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health is one of 14 accredited schools of public health funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC). These centers provide unique workforce development opportunities for state, local, and tribal public health authorities as part of a national training network. Learn more about the CDC grant and other grantees.

U-SEEE PERL works in tandem with U-SEEE PERRC (Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center), serving as a resource for translation of research findings to education and training. The U-SEEE PERL Center is supported in part by Grant Number 5U90TP000418 from the CDC. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

Debra Olson(U-SEEE PERRC & PERL Principal Investigator and Chair)

Professor and Assoc. Dean for Education
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
olson002@umn.edu

Craig Hedberg (Co-Investigator/Lead Investigator)
Assoc. Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
hedbe005@umn.edu

Alan Aarhus
Training Coordinator, North Dakota Department of Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response
aaarhus@nd.gov

Christopher Atchison
Clinical Professor & Assoc. Dean for Public Health Practice, Dept. of Health Management and Policy
Director, Univ. of Iowa Hygienic Lab
Director, Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness
University of Iowa
chris-atchison@uiowa.edu

Jeff Bender
Professor Veterinary Public Health
University of Minnesota
136F ABLMS bende002@umn.edu

Cindy Borgen
Public Health Planning Unit Supervisor
Office of Emergency Preparedness
MN Dept. of Health
Cindy.Borgen@state.mn.us

Cathy Clark
Director, Field Services Branch
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Cathy.Clark@state.mn.us

Jill DeBoer
Department Director
AHC Office of Emergency Response
University of Minnesota
jdeboer@umn.edu

Terry Dwelle
ND State Health Officer
ND Dept. of Health
tdwelle@nd.gov

Robert Einweck
Saint Paul – Ramsey County Department of Public Health
robert.einweck@co.ramsey.mn.us

John Hick
Assoc. Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services
Hennepin Co. Medical Center
Medical Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, MN Dept. of Health
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Univ. of Minnesota
john.hick@comcast.net

Andrea Hickle
Associate Director of U-SEEE PERRC & PERL
Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
ahickle@umn.edu

Phyllis Howard
Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities
North Dakota Department of Health
phahoward@nd.gov

Brian Kaczmarski
Western Wisconsin Public Health Readiness Consortia
brian.kaczmarski@co.polk.wi.us

Kathleen Krichbaum
Assoc. Professor
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
krich001@umn.edu

Aggie Leitheiser
Director of Emergency Preparedness
MN Dept. of Health
aggie.leitheiser@state.mn.us

Jane Miller, Lead Investigator
Director, Teaching/Learning Initiatives
Interprofessional Education and Resource Center
IERC Office of Education
Univ. of Minnesota
mille142@umn.edu

Colleen Monahan, Lead Investigator
Director, Center for the Advancement of Distance Education (CADE)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Division of Community Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
cmonahan@uic.edu

Doug Murphy
Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
Fargo Cass Public Health DMurphy@cityoffargo.com

Michael Osterholm
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Director, MN Center for Excellence of Influenza Research and Surveillance
Univ. of Minnesota
mto@umn.edu

Katey Pelican
Assistant Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
University of Minnesota
pelicank@umn.edu

Lisa Pentony
Public Health Preparedness Program Director
WI Division of Public Health
Dept. of Health Services
Lisa.Pentony@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Cheryl Petersen-Kroeber
Education, Exercise and Planning Supervisor
Office of Emergency Preparedness
MN Dept. of Health
Cheryl.Petersen-Kroeber@state.mn.us

Deb Radi
MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness
Education, Exercises, Planning Unit Supervisor
Deb.Radi@state.mn.us

Peter Raynor
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
praynor@umn.edu

William Riley, Lead Investigator
Assoc. Professor, Health Policy and Management
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
riley001@umn.edu

Carol Rollins
Environmental Services Supervisor
Ho-Chunk Nation carol.rollins@ho-chunk.com

Janet Shanedling
Director of Educational Development
Academic Health Center
Univ. of Minnesota
janet@umn.edu

Ed Snetsinger
White Earth Reservation Edwards@whiteearth.com

Carolyn Strubel
CSI Coordinator
Cities Readiness Initiative Coordinator
State of Wisconsin Division of Public Health
carolyn.strubel@wisconsin.gov

Dominic Travis
Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
University of Minnesota
datravis@umn.edu

Keisha Varma
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
Univ. of Minnesota Keisha@umn.edu

Tim Wiedrich
Bioterrorism Director
ND Dept. of Health
Emergency Preparedness & Response
twiedric@nd.gov

Minnesota Representation
Cheryl Petersen-Kroeber, Chair
Deputy Director
MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness
Cheryl.Petersen-Kroeber@state.mn.us

State Health Department Representative
Aggie Leitheiser
Assistant Commissioner of Health
Minnesota Department of Health
aggie.leitheiser@state.mn.us

Education & Training Representative
Deb Radi
MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness
Education, Exercises, Planning Unit Supervisor
Deb.Radi@state.mn.us

State Representative Working with Regional Consultants
Cindy Borgen
Public Health Planning Unit Supervisor
Minnesota Department of Health
Office of Emergency Preparedness
Cindy.Borgen@state.mn.us

Emergency Management Representative
Cathy Clark
Director, Field Services Branch
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Cathy.Clark@state.mn.us

Tribal Representative
Ed Snetsinger
White Earth Reservation
Edwards@whiteearth.com

North Dakota Representation

State Health Department Representative
Terry Dwelle
North Dakota State Health Officer
North Dakota Dept. of Health
tdwelle@nd.gov

State Health Department Representative
Tim Wiedrich
Bioterrorism Director
North Dakota Department of Health
Emergency Preparedness & Response
twiedric@nd.gov

Local Health Department Representative
Doug Murphy
Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator
Fargo Cass Public Health
DMurphy@cityoffargo.com

Education and Training Representative
Alan Aarhus, Training Coordinator
North Dakota Department of Health
Emergency Preparedness and Response
aaarhus@nd.gov

Tribal Representative
Phyllis Howard
Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities
North Dakota Department of Health
phahoward@nd.gov

Wisconsin Representation

State Health Department Representative
Lisa Pentony
Public Health Preparedness Program Director
Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Department of Health Services
Lisa.Pentony@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Local Health Department Representative
Brian Kaczmarski
Western Wisconsin Public Health Readiness Consortia
brian.kaczmarski@co.polk.wi.us

State Representative Working with Consortia and Local Public Health
Carolyn Strubel
Cities Readiness Initiative Coordinator
State of Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Carolyn.strubel@wisconsin.gov

Tribal Representative
Carol Rollins
Environment Services Supervisor
Ho-Chunk Nation
carol.rollins@ho-chunk.com

Debra Olson (PI)
Assoc. Dean for Education
olson002@umn.edu

Craig Hedberg (Co-I)
Assoc. Professor, Envir. Health Sciences
hedbe005@umn.edu

Peter Raynor
Assistant Professor, Envir. Health Sciences
praynor@umn.edu

Katey Pelican
Assistant Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
pelicank@umn.edu

Dominic Travis
Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
datravis@umn.edu

Joan Rambeck
Research Associate, AHC Office of Emergency Response
rambe026@umn.edu

Chris Carlstrom
Director, Public Health Institute
carls020@umn.edu

Louise Stenberg
Associate Director of U-SEEE PERL & PERRC
sten0197@umn.edu

Tonya Fitzgerald
Continuing Education Specialist, CPHEO
tdfitz@umn.edu

Coleen Dorman
Program Associate, CPHEO
ctdorman@umn.edu

The following competencies have been determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They describe and define the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to serve as a competently trained public health preparedness professional.

1.0 Model Leadership

1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
1.2 Manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others.
1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.
1.6 Act within the scope of one’s legal authority.

2.0 Communicate and Manage Information

2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.
2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.
2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
2.4 Collect data according to protocol.
2.5 Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.

3.0 Plan for and Improve Practice

3.1 Contribute expertise to a community hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA).
3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).
3.4 Refer matters outside of one’s scope of legal authority through the chain of command.

4.0 Protect Worker Health and Safety

4.1 Maintain personal/family emergency preparedness plans.
4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats.
4.3 Report unresolved threats to physical and mental health through the chain of command.

Courses for PHP Competencies
1.0 Model Leadership

  • Applying Ethical Frameworks during Severe Pandemic Influenza (1.1, 1.5)
  • Bouncing Back! The Remarkable Attribute Called Resilience (1.2)
  • Building Community Resilience to Disasters (1.1, 1.4, 1.5)
  • Community Healthcare Disaster Planning in Minnesota (1.3)
  • Crisis Intervention during Disaster (1.2, 1.5)
  • Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Simulation (1.1, 1.5)
  • Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation (1.4)
  • Federal Support for Public Health Emergency and Disaster Medical Operations: Briefing for the State of Minnesota (1.1)
  • Global Outbreak: A Public Health ICS Simulation (1.4)
  • Healers’ Healing and Resiliency in the Aftermath of Disaster (1.2)
  • Introduction to Business Continuity Planning for Disasters and Emergencies (1.1)
  • Introduction to Ethical Frameworks for Public Health Emergencies and Disasters (1.1, 1.5)
  • Isolation and Quarantine (1.6)
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Mass Fatalities (1.1, 1.2)
  • NIMS and ICS: A Primer for Volunteers (1.3)
  • Planning for and Engaging Special Populations in Emergency Preparedness (1.5)
  • Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model (1.2, 1.5)
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County (1.3)
  • Protecting Animals in Disaster (1.3)
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack (1.1, 1.3, 1.6)
  • Risk Communication Principles and Challenges (1.5)
  • Special Populations (1.5)

2.0 Communicate and Manage Information

  • Contact Investigation (2.4)
  • Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation (2.2, 2.3)
  • Disease Surveillance (2.4)
  • Global Outbreak: A Public Health ICS Simulation (2.1, 2.3)
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County (2.4)
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack (2.1, 2.2, 2.5)
  • Risk Communication Principles and Challenges (2.2)
  • Risk Communication: Public Engagement in Public Health Practice (2.2)

3.0 Plan for and Improve Practice

  • Applying Ethical Frameworks during Severe Pandemic Influenza (3.2)
  • Bouncing Back! The Remarkable Attribute Called Resilience (3.2)
  • Building Community Resilience to Disasters (3.3)
  • Closed POD Partnership Training (3.3)
  • Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation (3.3)
  • Federal Support for Public Health Emergency and Disaster Medical Operations: Briefing for the State of Minnesota (3.2, 3.3)
  • Implementing Incident Management in Your Healthcare Facility (3.3)
  • Introduction to Business Continuity Planning for Disasters and Emergencies (3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Mass Dispensing Sites: A Primer for Volunteers (3.3)
  • Minnesota Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in 2007 (3.2)
  • Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps: an Online Orientation for Volunteers (3.3)
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Providing Care in Non-traditional Settings during an Emergency (3.3)
  • PODs (Points of Dispensing): Public Health Training for Staff and Volunteers (3.3)
  • Preparing Employees for a Disaster in the Workplace (3.2, 3.3)
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County (3.2, 3.3)
  • Protecting Animals in Disaster (3.2)
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack (3.2, 3.3)
  • Strength and Resiliency: Emergency Preparedness for Tribal Leaders and Program Directors (3.2, 3.3)
  • The Off-Site Care Facility-An Alternate Care Site: A Primer for Volunteers (3.3)
  • Zoonoses (3.3)

4.0 Protect Worker Health and Safety

  • Bouncing Back! The Remarkable Attribute Called Resilience (4.1)]
  • Building Community Resilience to Disasters (4.2)
  • Decontamination (4.2)
  • Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Simulation (4.2)
  • Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness (4.1)
  • Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model (4.1)
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial Mobile App (4.1, 4.2)

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities

  • 1. Community Preparedness
  • 2. Community Recovery
  • 3. Emergency Operations Coordination
  • 4. Emergency Public Information and Warning
  • 5. Fatality Management
  • 6. Information Sharing
  • 7. Mass Care
  • 8. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
  • 9. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
  • 10. Medical Surge
  • 11. Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
  • 12. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  • 13. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
  • 14. Responder Safety and Health
  • 15. Volunteer Management

Courses for PHEP Capabilities:
1. Community Preparedness

  • After-Action Report, a fillable chart for Public Health Performance Evaluation
  • Applying Ethical Frameworks during Severe Pandemic Influenza
  • Bouncing Back! The Remarkable Attribute Called Resilience
  • Building Community Resilience to Disasters
  • Community Healthcare Disaster Planning in Minnesota
  • Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Simulation
  • Introduction to Business Continuity Planning for Disasters and Emergencies
  • Introduction to Ethical Frameworks for Public Health Emergencies and Disasters
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Minnesota Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in 2007
  • Moving Beyond HSEEP, creating well-functioning teams for preparedness response
  • Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness
  • Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model
  • Planning for and Engaging Special Populations in Emergency Preparedness
  • Preparing Employees for a Disaster in the Workplace
  • Protecting Animals in Disaster
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack
  • Risk Communication Principles and Challenges
  • Special Populations
  • Strength and Resiliency: Emergency Preparedness for Tribal Leaders and Program Directors

2. Community Recovery

  • After-Action Report, a fillable chart for Public Health Performance Evaluation
  • Building Community Resilience to Disasters
  • Healers’ Healing and Resiliency in the Aftermath of Disaster
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Moving Beyond HSEEP, creating well-functioning teams for preparedness response
  • Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack
  • Risk Communication Principles and Challenges

3. Emergency Operations Coordination

  • Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation
  • Global Outbreak: A Public Health ICS Simulation
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • NIMS and ICS: A Primer for Volunteers

4. Emergency Public Information and Warning

  • Disaster in Franklin County: A Public Health Simulation
  • Protecting Animals in Disaster
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack
  • Risk Communication Principles and Challenges
  • Risk Communication: Public Engagement in Public Health Practice

5. Fatality Management

  • Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Simulation
  • Mass Fatalities

6. Information Sharing

  • After-Action Report, a fillable chart for Public Health Performance Evaluation
  • Moving Beyond HSEEP, creating well-functioning teams for preparedness response
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack

7. Mass Care

  • Crisis Intervention during Disaster
  • Implementing Incident Management in Your Healthcare Facility
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Providing Care in Non-traditional Settings during an Emergency
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County
  • Protecting Animals in Disaster

8. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing

  • Applying Ethical Frameworks during Severe Pandemic Influenza
  • Closed POD Partnership Training
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Mass Dispensing Sites: A Primer for Volunteers
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Providing Care in Non-traditional Settings during an Emergency
  • PODs (Points of Dispensing): Public Health Training for Staff and Volunteers
  • Preparedness Pays Off: the 2011 Measles Outbreak in Hennepin County

9. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution

  • Applying Ethical Frameworks during Severe Pandemic Influenza
  • Federal Support for Public Health Emergency and Disaster Medical Operations: Briefing for the State of Minnesota
  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)

10. Medical Surge

  • Off-Site Care Facility-An Alternate Care Site: A Primer for Volunteers

11. Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

  • Decontamination
  • Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Simulation
  • Introduction to Business Continuity Planning for Disasters and Emergencies
  • Isolation and Quarantine
  • Preparing Employees for a Disaster in the Workplace

12. Public Health Laboratory Testing
13. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

  • Contact Investigation
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Protecting Our Food Systems from Intentional Attack
  • Zoonoses

14. Responder Safety and Health

  • Decontamination
  • Dirty Bomb! After the Blast: A Public Health Simulation
  • Psychological First Aid: A Minnesota Community Supported Model
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA) Tutorial Mobile App

15. Volunteer Management

  • Logistics: Strike Teams, Asset Management, and Supply Distribution (1.3, 1.4, 1.6)
  • Minnesota Responds Medical Reserve Corps: an Online Orientation for Volunteers

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