253542 Assessing the effectiveness of education and training for humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) aboard the USNS Comfort during Operation Continuing Promise 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rebecca Zukowski, PhD Candidate , Indiana University of Pennsylvania, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health, Rockville, MD
The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) was established in 2008 under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21. The Center serves as an academic center of excellence for the development and dissemination of core curriculum and competencies in order to prepare the nation for natural and man-made disasters and other catastrophic public health events. In 2010, as a part of its strategic plan, the NCDMPH completed an education and training needs assessment for medical personnel aboard the USS Iwo Jima during Operation Continuing Promise 2010. The purpose of Operation Continuing Promise is to train U.S. military personnel in conjunction with civilian non-governmental personnel for disasters response, while providing humanitarian assistance to partner nationals in the Caribbean and Latin America. Findings from this needs assessment were used to drive the development of curriculum priorities and training for Operation Continuing Promise 2011 aboard the USNS Comfort. A mixed method approach was used to assess the effectiveness of an education and training curriculum provided to medical personnel in support of humanitarian assistance and disaster response core competencies. A quasi-experimental design was used to determine if formal education and training provided had an impact and resulted in perceived changes in knowledge, sills and attitudes among embarked medical personnel. The Kirkpatrick training evaluation model was used as the theoretical basis of the evaluation and to generate the hypotheses to be tested. Final data collection will occur on August 5, 2011 and results, conclusions and recommendations generated at that time.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Following completion of this session, participants should be able to: Describe the use of the Kirkpatrick training evaluation model to measure changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes of medical professionals in humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) events Identify key findings from this study which support evidence-based education and training opportunities during HADR events Discuss future research implications for HADR education and training

Keywords: Disasters, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified due to my role as investigator for the study being presented. In additional, I am a planning consultant to the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. I have over 30 years experience in senior leadership roles, program management, non-profit consultation, technology development and the military.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.