Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training Program

Community Health Institute/JSI (CHI/JSI) worked with the NH Department of Health and Human Services and New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) in providing training to public health emergency planning partners in New Hampshire’s All Health Hazards Planning Regions (AHHRs). These regional planning groups are charged with developing Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans and with public health emergency response. CHI developed trainings on a variety of topics for a wide range of audiences, with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) provided as appropriate. CHI/JSI conducted a training needs assessment to inform the development of skills-based training programs that fit into the ongoing planning work of the AHHRs. Among the training programs developed and/or implemented as a result of the assessment included continuity of operations planning for facilities serving functional-needs populations, crisis and emergency risk communications procedures for local public health responders, local roles and responsibilities in isolation and quarantine implementation, the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Programs, and a train-the-trainer course for regional planners to orient municipal officials to public health emergency plans. Trainings were conducted at the regional level, on a multi-regional basis, and at professional meetings and conferences. All trainings were promoted and managed using the TRAIN system. Also as a part of this project, CHI/JSI developed exercise scenarios, facilitator guidelines, an after-action report template and accompanying presentations, participant manuals, and evaluator guidance to encourage Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant implementation of the exercises throughout the state. CHI/JSI incorporated a quality assurance process by using the initial training as a pilot, and adapting training curricula and methods as necessary based on feedback from participant evaluations.