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Pandemic Influenza 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 influenza preparedness. These include community outreach efforts (i.e. counseling, ministry, aid) and available facilities and resources useful in a response.

The "Pandemic Influenza 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 influenza pandemic. The course is divided into two sections: 

  • Section One: Participants will learn about pandemic influenza 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 influenza on their organization. They will also learn to write a basic pandemic influenza preparedness and response plan to maintain the critical functions of the organization. 

 

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.

Through instructional design, students frequently will be tested on the material they are learning and encouraged to begin writing their pandemic influenza preparedness and response plan.

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

Course Announcement Materials

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If you have any questions, please contact Abigail Borron (IN).

EDEN acknowledges the thoughtful advice and assistance provided by Ashley Creagh, Michael Grayson, Cherryll Ranger, Scott Santibanez, and Andrew Lanza from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but EDEN is solely responsible for the content. 

EDEN authors are: Abigail Borron (IN), Conne Burnham (MO), and Peter Marshall (WV) 

 

 

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