Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Focus on Local Preparedness
Length: 35 minutes
This presentation by Dr. David Weber, MD, MPH, MHA, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gives you an overview of preparations for an influenza pandemic, with a focus on local preparedness. This is a three part series with presentations broken into 30 minute segments.
These learning modules are applicable to all public health, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, emergency management, hospital and other professionals interested in public health preparedness. These modules are created by faculty and guest lecturers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
- Provide a general overview of influenza, including the history of influenza and basic biology
- Explain antiviral therapies currently available
- Discuss the threat of pandemic influenza
- Provide an overview of avian influenza epidemiology
- Provide a general overview of the effects influenza cases in North Carolina and across the US
- Examine the Avian Influenza recommendations made by the IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America)
- Discuss the development of vaccines for avian influenza
- Provide an overview of the proposed avian influenza vaccine response
- Examine lessons learned for the SARS pandemic
- Discuss federal, state, and local pandemic influenza preparedness
- Understand the role local hospitals play in pandemic influenza preparedness
Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed
This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions as noted below. (Please note: The following training does not provide comprehensive or in-depth treatment of specified competencies or capability functions, it provides basic knowledge of the competencies or capability functions listed below.)
|Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals|
|2) Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem (e.g. equity, social determinants, environment) (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|2) Distinguishes prominent events in the history of the public health profession (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|4) Applies the basic public health sciences (including, but not limited to biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and social and behavioral health sciences) to public health policies and programs (6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills)|
|1) Interprets the interrelationships of local, state, and federal public health and health care systems for public health program management (7: Financial Planning & Management Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.1. Solve problems under emergency conditions.|
|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).|
Robert Belshe, Washington University
Nancy Cox, CDC
Jeffrey Engel, NC Health Department
James Matthews, Sanofi Pasteur
Andrew Pavia, University of Utah
Bill Schaffner, Vanderbilt University
David Shay, CDC
Jay Steinberg, Emory University
Author and Narrator:
Jennifer Horney, MPH
The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose.
Continuing Education Credit:
The UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness offers the following continuing education credit/s on this training. Eligibility for all continuing education credit is determined on an annual basis.
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