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Improving Preparedness by Incorporating Lessons Learned


Approximately 58 minutes

Course Description:

    The online course “Improving Preparedness by Incorporating Lessons Learned” features a presentation delivered by Linda Landesman, DrPH, MSW.  This presentation reviews key disasters that occurred in the past century with a focus on what was learned from each.  Challenges for communities in incorporating these lessons into actions that reduce morbidity and mortality are discussed, and suggestions are offered as to how to begin formalizing next steps in lessons learned.

     This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2010 Pacific Preparedness Conference:  Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations in Natural Disasters, on March 31, 2010.  This Conference was funded by the FY 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program #2008-GE-T8-0022 via the Hawaii State Civil Defense. 


This online course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
1.    List and describe the different phases of disasters.
2.   Describe evaluation activities such as table-top drills.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this online course, participants will be able to:
1.    Understand the common morbidity and mortality caused by disasters.
2.    Identify key outcomes of disasters.
3.    Incorporate lessons learned from previous disasters into future planning efforts.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Emergency Planners, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel, First Responders


Linda Landesman, DrPH, MSW
Dr. Landesman was former Chair of the Executive Board for the American Public Health Association.  She is a national expert on the role of public health in disaster preparedness and response, and a leader in health care policy and administration.  She had edited and authored six books, including the landmark book, Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide, now in its second edition, and has developed national standards for emergency services response.  Dr. Landesman earned her BA and MSW degrees from the University of Michigan and practiced clinical social work for 10 years.  She received her DrPH in health policy and management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Dr. Landesman is currently on the faculty of the Public Health Practice Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she teaches public health emergency management online.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.