On Thursday, December 11, ASPPH, in collaboration with AACN, AAMC and CDC, hosted a webinar entitled, Preparing Faculty and Students Regarding Ebola: A Look Across Health Professions. The program focused on the efforts by schools and programs of public health, nursing, and medicine to educate students and the workforce. Dr. Sosin, Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC, provided an overview of the resources available through CDC and highlighted a number of the major roles that CDC has led in the nation’s response to Ebola crisis. Mr. Harold Cox (BU), representing ASPPH, focused on two of the major roles of schools and programs of public health, including training students, the future public health professional, as well as educating and informing the current public health workforce. Mr. Cox highlighted a number of seminars offered by ASPPH members, as well as case studies being developed for Spring 2015 courses. In addition, Mr. Cox highlighted the valuable contributions of the HRSA-funded Regional Public Health Training Centers as a resource to state, local and tribal health departments. In summary, Mr. Cox emphasized that the CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health are involved and contributing to efforts to prepare students and the workforce. Other panelists included Dr. Kratochvil (Nebraska) representing AAMC and Dr. Yolanda Ogbolu (Maryland) representing AACN. As noted by Dr. Sosin, the response to Ebola requires an interprofessional response including medicine, nursing and public health as well as other health professions. That point was clearly made this week with the announcement that the Ebola fighters are TIME’s choice for Person of the Year for 2014.
Presentation slides and an archived recording of the webinar will be made available on the ASPPH website soon.