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NCDMPH 2020 Annual Report

The NCDMPH 2020 Annual Report is now available.

Some of the highlights are

First Disasters and Health: State of Science Symposium held in April 2020

Stop the Bleed Initiative continues to gain momentum

4 major papers published on the current state of disaster health science

Disaster Health Core Curriculum now offering CME and CNE credits

Guide for Healthcare Personnel in Crisis

"A Guide to Support the Well-Being of Healthcare Personnel During a Time of Crisis" was compiled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), in collaboration with Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences partners. This tool is designed for healthcare workers to quickly navigate to evidence-based information from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, the Center for Deployment Psychology, and the Consortium for Health and Military Performance. NCDMPH proposes a webinar to launch the product, inviting representatives from each collaborating USU Center to speak about their contribution.

Coronavirus Checker

Check your risk for COVID

In English, Spanish and Portugese

Sources: CDCSORT, originally developed for the H1N1 (Swine Flu) pandemic of 2009 by RAND/Emory/CDC;

Recent literature & statistics on COVID‑19 from NEJMJAMALANCETAOA.

A Message from the Surgeon General of the United States

VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

Help slow the spread of Coronavirus.

Tools to Help Care for Older Adults In Disasters

NCDMPH and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) webinar presented by Kandra Strauss-Riggs, MPH, Education Director, HJF, NCDMPH/USU and Dr. Cheryl A. Levine, Senior Advisor for At-Risk Individuals at ASPR. This webinar highlights NCDMPH’s Caring for Older Adults in Disasters curriculum which enables educators to teach health professionals about caring for older adults in disasters and can be used by a wide range of health professions. Dr. Cheryl highlights the latest Capacity-Building Toolkit for including Aging & Disability Networks in Emergency Planning, which was authored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in collaboration with the HHS office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and esponse (ASPR) and the HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Click the links below to access the recording and slides

Recording (Click Here)

Slides (Click Here)

Continuing Education Credits, Now Available!

ncdmph disaster core curriculum logo

The NCDMPH is proud to announce a free, eight-hour, online course

Disaster Health Core Curriculum for All Health Professionals intended for a wide range of health care professionals.

The course consists of eleven, 30-minute to one-hour online training lessons covering a variety of disaster health topics

such as personal or family preparedness, communication, ethical and legal issues encountered in disasters, and much more.

This curriculum is free and designed to be taken in pieces or as a whole to be flexible for our busy healthcare professional learner.

The foundation of this curriculum is the Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (click here)

Click Here to access the lessons



The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health will be the Nation’s academic center of excellence leading domestic and international disaster health education and research efforts. In collaboration with partners, we create and translate science and education to improve readiness.


The Mission of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is to improve our Nation’s disaster health readiness through education and science.

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH or “National Center”) was established under the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21 (HSPD 21) to be “…an academic center of excellence in disaster medicine and public health….” The National Center is a unique organization in two important ways- It was founded as a collaboration by five Federal agencies: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It is also a unique entity that is both a Federal organization and an academic center, located within the Uniformed Services University (USU).  This positions the National Center to act as a bridge between agencies and the academic and government spheres. The unique structure and position makes NCDMPH especially suited to meet our Nation’s critical disaster preparedness mission.

In keeping with NCDMPH’s stated mission in HSPD 21, the 2017-18 strategic plan focuses on four key strategic themes:

  • Readiness,
  • Education,
  • Research,
  • Collaboration and Leadership.

The overarching strategic theme of NCDMPH is medical and public health READINESS—preparing the Nation from disasters and catastrophic events. Leveraging scholarship to advance the education and research agenda for disaster readiness in the United States are the missions; collaboration and leadership are the tools to achieve the preparedness mission.

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