Establishing Closed PODs: An Overview of Recruitment, Training and Operational Matters
During a public health emergency that requires medical prophylaxis for a significant number of residents within 48-hours, it is essential to recruit private entities to serve its own employees and employees’ family members. Closed Points Of Dispensing sites (PODs) can be alternatives to public POD sites and address the health department staffing challenges. This course provides an overview of the concepts and frameworks of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and Closed PODs. Subject Matter Experts from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Mississippi State Department of Health will discuss the process of requesting, recruitment, establishment, and operational matters for Closed PODs. Lessons learned and best practices related to the training, operating, and reporting of Closed PODs will be covered.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Introduce the purpose of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and the process of allocate resources from CDC to state and local agencies
- Explain the mission and importance of Closed PODs and the difference between Open and Closed PODs
- Describe the process for an organization from qualification, recruitment, to being prepared to serve as a Closed POD
- Provide strategies for implementing the plan by state health departments to increase the number of Closed PODs
- Understand issues related to the training, operating, and reporting of Closed PODs
Andrew Rucks, PhD
Dr. Rucks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health. He has almost 30 years of academic and business experience and has held business-school faculty positions at Auburn University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Samford University. In 2004, Dr. Rucks joined the School of Public Health at UAB, where he teaches finance, management, strategic planning, and process analysis; conducts research in public health preparedness for all hazards; designs, facilitates, and evaluates drills and exercises; and provides advice to agencies and companies in a variety of areas including continuity of operations planning, process optimization, and strategic planning. He is the author of two books, nine computer programming aids, and more than fifty articles and cases. Andy holds BS and MBA degrees from Auburn University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of North Texas.
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Establishing Closed PODs: An Overview of Recruitment, Training and Operational Matters
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