Disaster Epidemiology Training

May 1-3, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport
| Wichita, KS



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This training is an effort by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to provide an opportunity to gain information, provide input, and consolidate planning on critical disaster epidemiology activities. This 3-day course incorporates disaster epidemiology and assessment of chemical exposure (ACE) training for a diverse audience with varied epidemiologic experience. The focus is on tools, activities, and decision-making with an aim to build capacity and strengthen preparedness in Kansas to better respond to and recover from any disaster.

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Build capacity for conducting disaster surveillance, Assessment of Chemical Exposures (ACE), the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), and other disaster epidemiology activities


By the end of the training course, attendees will be able to do the following:

  • Define the public health impact of disasters and discuss how disaster epidemiology tools can be modified for specific locations/circumstances
  • Outline available resources and tools for radiation emergency preparedness
  • Identify the importance of public health disaster morbidity and mortality surveillance
  • List key lessons learned from past experiences
  • Discuss emergency preparedness resources and tips for all types of disasters including radiation emergencies, natural hazards, and human-induced disasters
  • Describe the role and function of public health agencies in a disaster
  • Describe CASPER, modified CASPERs, and when to conduct a CASPER
  • Identify why a multistage cluster sampling design is used in CASPER and implement cluster sampling methodology in a field setting
  • Explain how to analyze and interpret results of a CASPER
  • Describe ACE investigations and why to conduct and ACE investigation
  • Learn about the tools available in the ACE Toolkit

Individuals whose role in an emergency would involve them in decision-making processes, allocation of resources, field assessments, field surveillance, and data use. Specifically, public health and emergency management staff, including, but not limited to, the following positions: epidemiologists, emergency managers, surveillance nurses, PHEP coordinators, and vital statistics staff.



1 May 2023

10:30 – 12:30

Welcome & Introductions


Public health, disasters, and disaster epidemiology

Disaster morbidity surveillance

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 4:30

Disaster mortality surveillance


Radiation emergency preparedness


Public health emergency management

2 and 3 May 2023

9:00 – 12:00

Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER)

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 3:45

CASPER, continued

3:45 – 4:00

Discussion, wrap up, questions

2 and 3 May 2023

9:00 – 12:00

Assessment of Chemical Exposures (ACE)

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 3:45

ACE, continued

3:45 – 4:00

Discussion, wrap up, questions

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Additional Information

CASPER |  https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/casper/default.htm

Disaster Surveillance |  https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hsb/disaster/surveillance.htm

National Chemical and Radiological Surveillance Program | https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hsb/chemicals/ncrs.htm

ACE Program | https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ace/index.html