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Pandemic Preparedness

For Faith-Based Organizations

Public health officials say we are overdue and under prepared for a pandemic. While everyone in a community can serve a role in pandemic preparedness, faith-based organizations (FBOs) provide unique characteristics to pandemic preparedness. These include community outreach efforts (i.e. counseling, ministry, aid) and available facilities and resources useful in a response.

The "Pandemic Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations" course was designed by EDEN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to enable congregations, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to (1) protect the health of their staff and the communities in which they serve and (2) fulfill their mission during an pandemic. The course is divided into two sections:

  • Section One: Participants will learn about pandemic diseases and infection control measures to use in their organization to protect themselves and their community before and during a pandemic.
  • Section Two: The course highlights organizational measures in which participants will learn about the potential impact of pandemic on their organization. They will also learn to write a basic pandemic preparedness and response plan to maintain the critical functions of the organization.
  • Section Three: Participants will identify the possible roles a faith-based organization can have in rebuilding a community after a pandemic and develop a community recovery plan that meshes the needs of the community with the strengths of the FBO.


Course Basics

Target Audience:  Faith-based organization leaders, staff and volunteers
Delivery Method:  Interactive, Classroom delivery*
Cost:  EDEN does not charge for use of these materials. Cost will depend on the local cost of meeting space (if offered in a classroom setting) and printing handouts.
Course Length:  Flexible 2-4 hours. 
University Credit: No
Other Credit: Certificate of Completion

Extension educators, public health officials, and others with an interest in teaching FBOs to be better prepared for a pandemic can download all needed curriculum materials from the EDEN Web site.

*FBO leaders, staff members, or volunteers charged with pandemic preparedness can also walk themselves through the online materials, rather than taking it in a classroom setting, if they prefer.

Course Announcement Materials

Access the Course Materials

If you have any questions, please contact Becky Koch (ND).

Updated by Carol Prafcke and Becky Koch, North Dakota State University

Originally developed by Abigail Borron, Purdue University; Conne Burnham, University of Missouri, and Peter Marshall, West Virginia University, with assistance from Ashley Creagh, Michael Grayson, Cherryll Ranger, Scott Santibanez and Andrew Lanza with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Last Updated:10/21/2014 9:38 PM
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