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Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model

Working closely with the Centers for Disease Control-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC), Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) has made significant strides to help operationalize the preparedness workforce competency model. The model, originally developed in 2010, is now accompanied by the new Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model completed in September 2012. These KSAs are recommended for instructors, trainers, evaluators, learners, and other users to both improve and standardize preparedness training and curricula for public health with the ultimate aim of enhancing the public health workforce in protection of the nation’s health.

The KSAs were developed and pilot-tested using an iterative process with representatives of the 14 Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The final 172 KSAs were also vetted by content experts associated with the Leadership Group, which developed the foundational preparedness competency model. 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 full Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAs) for the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competency Model report is available at http://bit.ly/SHZIq3

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