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ASPPH Presents: Using Exercises to Measure Preparedness

ASPPH, in collaboration with the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness in Response, will host “Using Exercises to Measure Preparedness” on Thursday, August 6 at 11 AM ET. This webinar will address the use of exercises to measure emergency preparedness and response. The presentation will include a description of what characteristics are necessary to make exercises an appropriate tool to measure preparedness. Speakers will discuss the processes of designing and conducting exercises in order to best use them to measure preparedness efforts, and they will identify common pitfalls in executing preparedness exercises for evaluation purposes. The speakers will also introduce a free online toolkit that is available to develop exercise evaluation data forms and will discuss recent results from the study of its implementation.


Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP, Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Director Preparedness & Emergency Response Exercise Program, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Elena Savoia, MD, MPH, Scientist Department of Biostatistics, and Deputy Director Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the characteristics of exercises that are well-suited to use for evaluation purposes
  2. Understand the strengths and limitations of exercises that are used to measure preparedness
  3. Become familiar with tools that are available to improve the quality of data collection and exercise evaluation

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