PODs (Points of Dispensing) Public Health Training for Staff and Volunteers

Medical Countermeasures & Points of Dispensing
Online Course
30 minutes
University of Minnesota
Simulations, Exercises and Effective Education PERLC

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This training is designed to provide an overview and orientation to the general operations of a POD. It is intended to complement just-in-time training provided at the time of deployment. Public health staff and volunteers may find this training beneficial. Participants are eligible to receive a certificate upon completion of the training, which includes a pre-test, post-test, and evaluation.

Learning Objectives: 
  • The important role that staff and volunteers will play in a large public health emergency
  • Key issues that staff and volunteers should understand in advance of an emergency, and where additional information can be found
  • Why mass dispensing is a national priority for planning, training, and exercises
  • How the federal Strategic National Stockpile, or SNS, fits into overall public health emergency response
  • Challenges to operating mass dispensing sites
  • Basic site design and patient flow in a mass dispensing site
  • The types of positions that must be filled for effective POD oepration
  • The command structure used to manage sites
PHEP Capabilities: 
Medical Countermeasure Dispensing