Mission & Goals
Effectively addressing the health needs of communities that have experienced large scale CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive) incidents, natural disasters, and other public health emergencies requires many elements, among which are: 1) a community-wide emergency management system, and 2) the application of modern technology to assist professionals in the field. The Pacific EMPRINTS is committed to the development of an on-going continuing education program for health professionals and first responders focusing on these two elements.
The program’s mission is to ensure effective, efficient, and highly synergistic health care services to the community in times of CBRNE incidents, natural disasters, and other public health emergencies by providing healthcare professionals and first responders with knowledge of their roles and responsibilities as part of the community’s larger Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). These individuals also acquire sufficient understanding of map literacy and the geographic information technologies applicable in their fields.
Pacific EMPRINTS is committed to the development of an effective continuing education program for emergency medical personnel and community health providers. Trainings fully meet the required core competencies of trainees’ respective fields and are consistent with national training strategies.
The four primary goals of Pacific EMPRINTS are to help health professionals to:
- recognize terroristic and other public health emergencies;
- meet the acute care needs of the population, including vulnerable populations;
- participate in coordinated, multi-disciplinary responses to terroristic events and other public health emergencies; and
- rapidly and effectively alert the public health system of an event at the community, state, and national levels.
Training activities target physicians, epidemiologists, nurses, dentists, mental health workers, pharmacists, veterinarians and para-veterinarians, first responders, long-term care and community health professionals, exercise development and training personnel, and other types of public health personnel.
Live training event with volunteer victims.