Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model   [open pdf - 907KB]

"Public health professionals traditionally have been trained to assess and address infectious disease outbreaks within their communities. With natural and or manmade disasters occurring more frequently across our nation, however, public health professionals are also facing new challenges that require competencies in public health preparedness and response. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) to support competency-based training in public health preparedness and response that are described in this report have been defined and vetted by national work groups composed of content experts. The KSAs were selected to enable public health professionals, regardless of work setting, to identify areas of training needed in order to become proficient in the competencies required to address their areas of responsibilities. The KSAs also provide a foundation for a national curriculum to develop core preparedness and response competencies required by public health professionals to address events within a community as well as a region of the nation. Frequently, workers from neighboring communities may need to be engaged in order to protect the health of our communities as we experienced in the NYC area following the 9/11 event or as experienced in Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. As well, emergencies sometimes require an 'all hands on deck' response within our public health organizations and, thus, we may need to draw from the energy and expertise of employees who may not typically fulfill public health functions."

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