Overview of Rapid Needs Assessments: Rapid Needs Assessments Online Training 1
Length: 15 minutes
This presentation, developed by Morgan Johnson, MPH, Steve Ramsey, RS, and Mark Smith, PhD and recorded by Morgan Johnson, MPH, gives you an overview of rapid needs assessments and their use in incident management.
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.
- Define Rapid Needs Assessments (RNA) and discuss when and why they are important
- Discuss the use of an RNA after Hurricane Wilma
- Discuss the importance of using the incident management structure
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|
|1) Assesses the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness (e.g. factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, availability and use of health services) (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|4) Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data (1: Analytic/Assessment Skills)|
|Public Health Preparedness Capabilities|
|Capability 13, Function 2: Conduct public health and epidemiological investigations|
|Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies|
|1.1. Solve problems under emergency conditions.|
|2.4. Collect data according to protocol.|
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Website.
Hlday, W.G., Quenemoen, L.E., Armenia-Cope, R.R., Hurt, K.J., Malilay, J., Noji, E.K., & Wurm, G. Use of a Modified Cluster Sampling Method to Perform Rapid Needs Assessment After Hurricane Andrew. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 23(4), 7-22.
Malilay, J., Flanders, W.D., & Brogan, D. (1996). A modified cluster-sampling method For post-disaster rapid assessment of needs. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 74(4), 399-405.
CDC (2004a). Rapid Community Health and Needs Assessments After Hurricanes Isabel and Charley--North Carolina, 2003-2004. MMWR, 53, 840-842.
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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