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Assessment of Disaster Training Needs for Helping Professionals and First Responders


Approximately 22 minutes

Course Description:

The online course "Assessment of Disaster Training Needs for Helping Professionals and First Responders Serving Vulnerable Populations in Hawaii" features a presentation delivered by Brandon Mitsuda, May Rose Dela Cruz, and Amalie Monlux of Public Health 649, representatives of Public Health 649, the class which participated in the construction of the needs assessment. The presentation covers a basic overview of how the needs assessment was conducted, what results were found, and recommendations made based on the needs assessment results.

PH 649 Instructors: Kathryn Braun, DrPH, CHES and Nancy Partika, MPH
PH 649 Students: Brandon Mitsuda, May Rose Dela Cruz, Amalie Monlux, Khris Agnos, Angel Ahedo, Ngozi Erondu, Arline Harmon, Pedro Haro-Arvizu, Barbara Kualii, Mary Leyva, Clare Loprinzi, Krista Olson, Lorilyn Salamanca, Mili Samifua, David Suzuki-Ung, Jo-Hsi Wang, Trisha Wilson

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This online course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Explain the concepts of and describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this online course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify at least three (3) disaster concerns for vulnerable populations.
  2. List at least three (3) recommendations for addressing training gaps for vulnerable populations.

Target Audiences:

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


University of Hawaii's Public Health 649
The Public Health 649 (Fall 2007): Needs Assessment and Program Planning in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was taught by Kathryn Braun and Nancy Partika. Seventeen students were enrolled, and they conducted an assessment of disaster training needs for helping professionals and first responders serving vulnerable populations in Hawaii. And with their report are three representatives of the students, Amalie Monlux, May Rose Dela Cruz, and Brandon Mitsuda.

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.