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CASPER: Awareness Course Scenario

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Course Description

This course is provided by Prepare Iowa and will require a secondary login and/or registration. 

CASPER Awareness Course is an awareness course. The goal of this course is to develop a basic understanding of what a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is and how it can be used following a disaster.                                                                                                     

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Target Audience

This course is designed for local public health administrators and local county emergency managers. 

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define what a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is and its purpose.
  2. Identify when conditions are appropriate for local public health officials or county emergency mangers to initiate a CASPER.
  3. Describe the types of questions needed to obtain information about the affected area.
  4. Recall the steps and sampling method used when conducting the assessment.
  5. Indicate what needs to be done after a CASPER is performed. 

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  1. 1A.2 (Tier 1): Identifies quantitative and qualitative data and information (e.g., vital statistics, electronic health records, transportation patterns, unemployment rates, community input, health equity impact assessments) that can be used for assessing the health of a community
  2. 1A.4 (Tier 1): Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  3. 1A8. (Tier 1): Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
  4. 2A.6 (Tier 1): Gathers information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)
  5. 2A.12 (Tier 1): Describes how public health informatics is used in developing, implementing, evaluating, and improving policies, programs, and services (e.g., integrated data systems, electronic reporting, knowledge management systems, geographic information systems)
  6. 5A.5 (Tier 1): Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources)
  7. 7A.14 (Tier 1): Uses performance management systems for program and organizational improvement (e.g., achieving performance objectives and targets, increasing efficiency, refining processes, meeting Healthy People objectives, sustaining accreditation) 

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

PERLC Competencies

  1. 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
  2. 1.1.8 Assess the information and resources necessary to address the problem.
  3. 1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
  4. 1.3.2 Develop partnerships among internal and external emergency response partners.
  5. 1.4 Maintain situational awareness.
  6. 1.4.2 Analyze information regarding the status, attributes, and dynamics of relevant factors impacting response activities.1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.
  7. 1.5.2 Apply principles of cross-cultural communication, equity, social justice, and respect for persons.
  8. 1.5.3 Develop partnerships with key stakeholders from diverse populations.
  9. 1.5.6 Assess the needs of vulnerable populations into all levels of emergency preparedness and response.
  10. 2.4 Collect data according to protocol.
  11. 2.4.1 Use standardized protocol to collect data.
  12. 2.4.2 Identify key local resources of data.
  13. 2.4.3 Infer the barriers to communicating when interviewing diverse populations.
  14. 2.4.4 Advocate protecting the confidentiality of interviewees.
  15. 2.4.7 Organize data accurately into database or statistical package.
  16. 4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats.
  17. 4.2.1 Discuss the need to protect worker health and safety in emergencies and disasters.
  18. 4.3 Report unresolved threats to physical and mental health through the chain of command.
  19. 4.3.1 Discuss the types of physical hazards and resulting injuries one might encounter while performing their role during emergency planning and response. 

Community Health Center Core Competency Model

  1. E4 Apply principles and tools of effective risk communication in addressing community


Online/ Self-study 

Credit /CEU

None available


1 hr. 


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