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Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center Webinar: Using Peer Assessment and Root Cause Analysis to Assess and Improve Health System Emergency Response

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center Webinar: Using Peer Assessment and Root Cause Analysis to Assess and Improve Health System Emergency Response

ASPPH in cooperation with the CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and the Harvard University School of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), is presenting a free webinar for faculty of the CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health and federal, state, local, and tribal governmental public health practice partners. The webinar titled, Using Peer Assessment and Root Cause Analysis to Assess and Improve Health System Emergency Response will be held on Tuesday, August 12 from 1-2 p.m. Eastern.  This webinar will discuss the challenges associated with addressing public health emergencies and how root cause analysis can improve organizational learning and public health system response to these emergencies.  Dr. Michael Stoto, Evaluation Core Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness and Rachel Piltch-Loeb, Research Assistant at the Georgetown University Department of Health Systems Administration will be the featured speakers.

Effectively responding to public health emergencies requires the concerted and coordinated effort of systems that include public health agencies, health care delivery organizations, and other public- and private-sector entities. The complexity of these systems, coupled with the singular nature of health emergencies creates challenges for organizational learning. One means of addressing these challenges is a “peer assessment” approach in which peers from similar jurisdictions work with representatives of the public health system organizations.  As part of this process, root cause analysis can help to improve future responses by analyzing not just what went well and poorly in this context, but on identifying the underlying causes that will influence future emergency responses.  Going beyond After Action Reports that are typically superficial, root cause analysis can help to identify strengths and weaknesses in public health emergency preparedness capabilities that can be addressed to improve preparedness and system responses in the future. Webinar participants will learn how to organize and conduct a peer assessment of a public health emergency response, how to participate as a peer assessor, how to conduct a root cause analysis as part of a peer assessment process, and how to conduct a root cause analysis of one’s own system response.

Participants must register in advance. (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/970182426)  Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the webinar. There will be time at the end of the presentation for attendees to ask questions. Eligible attendees may receive 1 Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credit for participating in the webinar.

For more information about the webinar, please email Rachel Eisenstein, ASPPH program manager, at REisenstein@aspph.org.