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FIRST: Field Investigator Response and Surveillance Training

Program Aim:
This course was developed to help public health staff who may be called upon to assist epidemiology staff during a surge capacity event. It is designed to help public health workers develop the abilities needed to assist in epidemiology investigations at times when staff capacity is overburdened.

Target Audience: Public health workers and other healthcare, emergency response, education, and community professionals.

Program Goals:
• To help public health workers develop an increased awareness and knowledge of basic epidemiology.
• To increase the number of public health workers capable of participating in an outbreak investigation during a bioterrorism (BT) event or other public health threat.
• To improve the capacity of the health department to respond effectively during a BT event or other public health disaster.

Pre-requisite: There is no pre-requisite for FIRST.

Program Modules:
• Module 1: Describe the role of epidemiology in public health.
• Module 2: Be able to demonstrate appropriate epidemiological interviewing and effective communication skills.
• Module 3: Be able to participate in an outbreak investigation.

Program Length: 1 hour online pre-work; 8 hour on site program.

Program Agenda:
8:00am Course check-in opens
8:15am Welcome and Course Overview
8:30am Module One Review: The Role of Epidemiology in Public Health
9:30am Break
9:45am Module Two: Interviewing and Communication Skills
12:30pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30pm Module Three: Outbreak Investigations
2:45pm Break
3:00pm Module Three: Outbreak Investigations (continued)
4:45pm Wrap-Up / Closing Comments
5:00pm Adjourn

Continuing Education: Suwannee River AHEC (SRAHEC) has approved continuing education credit (CEC) contact hours for the following professions: Nurses: 9; certified health education specialists: 7.5; licensed mental health counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists: 9.

Participants in the applicable professions above who want credits from SRAHEC need to complete a request form at the on-site training and provide their professional license number. For more information see: www.srahec.org/fcphp_CE

In addition, the Florida Department of Health and Florida Environmental Health Association have approved this course for 7.5 hours of environmental health credits for individuals certified under Chapter 381.0101, F.S.

To apply for CECs, you must demonstrate successful completion of all course requirements, as evidenced by receiving a Certificate of Course Completion.

There is no fee for the CE credits.

Registration Information: This course is limited to 40 Florida Department of Health participants and those community partners who may assist the FDOH in the event of an epidemiological surge capacity event. Advanced registration is required.

Registration Fee: There is no registration fee.

Relevant Competencies for Public Health Professionals:
• Core Competency Domain 1: Analytic/Assessment Skills
• Core Competency Domain 3: Communication Skills
• Core Competency Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills
• Core Competency Domain 6: Basic Public Health Science Skills
• Core Competency Domain 8: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness Competencies
• Core Competency 7: Identify limits to own knowledge/skills/authority and identify key system resources for referring matters that exceed these limits.
• Core Competency 8: Recognizing unusual events that might indicate an emergency and describe appropriate action.
• Core Competency 9: Apply creative problem solving and flexible thinking to unusual challenges within his/her functional responsibilities.

Program Developers and Sponsors:
This course was developed by the Florida Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in collaboration with the Hillsborough County Health Department, the Pinellas County Health Department, and the Florida Association of County Health Officers. The development and delivery of this course are supported by funding from a cooperative agreement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health. This course has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and the Florida Center for Public Health Preparedness.

Events of the University of South Florida are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the University’s respect for personal dignity.

For more information, or to cancel your course participation, please contact us at fcphpinfo@health.usf.edu

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