Resources for Core Competencies in Disaster Health

Below you will find resources linked to each of the 11 core competencies from the "Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health." PDF  article published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness in March of 2012. These resources can be used to train and educate all health professionals for disasters and public health emergencies. Although external materials are not officially endorsed by the NCDMPH, they are suggested resources for your use.

Before reviewing the competency resource tables, you may wish to look at these background resources:

National Preparedness Goal  PDF. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Federal Emergency Management Agency (Sept 2011).

Disaster-related competencies for healthcare providers. Disaster Information Management Research Center. National Library of Medicine.

Altman BA, Strauss-Riggs K, Schor KW. Capturing the range of learning: Implications for disaster health in a resource constrained future PDF. National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (Dec 2012).

Disaster health learning resources - An annotated bibliography. National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health1

1.0  Demonstrate personal and family preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies

2.0  Demonstrate knowledge of one's expected role(s) in organizational and community response plans activated during a disaster or public health emergency

3.0  Demonstrate situational awareness of actual/potential health hazards before, during, and after a disaster or public health emergency

4.0  Communicate effectively with others in a disaster or public health emergency

5.0  Demonstrate knowledge of personal safety measures that can be implemented in a disaster or public health emergency

6.0 Demonstrate knowledge of surge capacity assets, consistent with one's role in organizational, agency, and/or community response plans

7.0 Demonstrate knowledge of principles and practices for the clinical management of all ages and populations affected by disasters and public health emergencies, in accordance with professional scope of practice

8.0 Demonstrate knowledge of public health principles and practices for the management of all ages and populations affected by disasters and public health emergencies

9.0 Demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles to protect the health and safety of all ages, populations, and communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency

10.0 Demonstrate knowledge of legal principles to protect the health and safety of all ages, populations, and communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency

11.0 Demonstrate knowledge of short- and long-term considerations for recovery of all ages, populations, and communities affected by a disaster or public health emergency

Links to the Resource Tables:  1.0   2.0   3.0   4.0   5.0   6.0   7.0   8.0   9.0   10.0   11.0    



Other Resources:

Swienton RE, Subbarao I, Markenson DS. eds. Basic Disaster Life Support Course Manual. Vol 3.0. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; 2012.

Armstrong JH, Schwartz RB. eds. Advanced Disaster Life Support Course Manual. Vol 3.0. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; 2012.

Coule PL, Mitas JA II. eds. Core Disaster Life Support Course Manual. Vol 3.0. Chicago, IL, American Medical Association; 2010.

Reference:

1. Walsh L, Subbarao I, Gebbie K, et al. Core competencies for disaster medicine and public health. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Mar;6(1):44-52. doi: 10.1001/dmp.2012.4.

The NCDMPH welcomes your comments and input on this evolving resource document. Please direct comments via email to Kelly Harrison Gulley at kelly.gulley.ctr at usuhs.edu.