UNC Gillings School of Public Health

Addressing vulnerable populations to enhance public health preparedness 

This September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response is focusing on vulnerable populations. Through the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC) and the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Center (NC PERRC) as well as direct funding from public health partners, resources to support your preparedness planning for vulnerable populations are listed below.

Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations (VARP) Resource Guide

VARP guide logoNC PERRC has developed an innovative online mapping and resource guide to assist public health agencies in identifying and planning for vulnerable and at-risk populations for five states (GA, NC, NM, WA, WV). In June, NC PERRC launched the Guide on a more dynamic, interactive platform at www.VARPguide.com. Unlike other tools, the Guide combines a resource database with geographic information to provide a quick and user-friendly tool for local, state and tribal planning in public health, emergency management and healthcare.

Vulnerable Populations Online Trainings  

The NCIPH Training Website offers a number of trainings covering various topics related to planning for vulnerable populations on topics ranging from preparedness planning for persons with disabilities and planning for vulnerable populations during specific events such as pandemic influenza. In addition, because of the support of the UNC PERLC, the Training Website offers a host of preparedness trainings on multiple preparedness topics.



Newly revised "I is for Investigation" training series
is a 7-part training series designed to introduce non-epidemiologists to the concepts of an outbreak investigation.

Core Informational Needs for Situational Awareness and Response Management Training
This 30 minute module presents the current landscape of biosurveillance, needed improvements to systems and the next steps to enhance situational awareness. 

Introduction to Mental Health Preparedness Training goes online
This 2-part training program is designed to help professionals and volunteers understand the immediate and short-term psychosocial consequences of disasters and what behaviors can assist disaster survivors. This training can now be implemented as an individual online training.

Vulnerable and At-Risk Populations Resource Guide
Developed by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (NC PERRC), this quick online resource guide provides a custom list of resources with accompanying jurisdictional maps to aid local health departments in preparedness planning for vulnerable and at-risk populations.

NC Preparedness Coordinators Toolkit
This toolkit was developed by UNC CPHP and the NC PHP&R Branch to bring together preparedness resources and trainings in a central location for North Carolina PCs.

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