Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations

June 18th, 2018

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Community organizations, such as faith-based organizations and nonprofits, are instrumental before, during and after epidemics. This program walks organizations through a process to learn about potential epidemics, serve their members and serve their communities before, during and after an epidemic.

This Epidemic Preparedness for Community Organizations program originally was designed by EDEN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as Pandemic Preparedness for Faith-based Organizations to enable congregations, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship to protect the health of their staff and the communities they serve and to fulfill their mission during an pandemic.

However, EDEN delegates requested that the educational program be expanded from just faith-based organizations to community organizations more broadly and from just pandemic to epidemic.

The program has three sections:

Section 1: Reducing Illness and Death from an Epidemic — Participants learn about epidemic diseases and infection control measures to use in their organization to protect themselves and their community before and during a pandemic.

Section 2: Building Hope: Understanding the Potential Impact of an Epidemic and Creating a Plan — Participants learn about the potential impact of an epidemic on their organization. They also learn to write a basic epidemic preparedness, response and recovery plan to maintain critical functions of the organization.

Section 3: Putting Your Community Back Together: The Role of Your Organization — Participants identify the possible roles their organization can have in rebuilding a community after an epidemic and develop a community recovery plan that meshes the needs of the community with the strengths of the organization.


Course Basics

Target Audience:  Community organization leaders, staff and volunteers
Delivery Method:  Interactive, classroom delivery
Cost: EDEN does not charge for use of these materials. Cost to participants depends on the local cost of meeting space (if offered in a classroom setting), printing handouts, snacks, etc.
Course Length:  Flexible, but 3-4 hours for all three sections
University Credit: No
Other Credit: Certificate of Completion


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Course Materials


If you have any questions, please contact Becky Koch, North Dakota State University, at becky.koch@ndsu.edu or 701-231-7875.

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.