CASPER: Awareness Course Scenario

Category: Emergency Response

The goal of CASPER Awareness 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.

Intended Audience

local public health administrators and local county emergency managers

Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Definewhat a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is and its purpose
  • Identifywhen conditions are appropriate for local public health officials or county emergency mangers to initiate a CASPER
  • Describethe types of questions needed to obtain information about the information about the affected area
  • Recallthe steps and sampling method used when conducting the assessment
  • Indicatewhat needs to be done after a CASPER is performed

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A2. 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
  • 1A4. Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
  • 1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • 2A6. 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)
  • 2A12. Describes how public health informatics is used in developing, implementing, evaluation, and improving policies, programs and services (e.g., integrated data systems, electronic reporting, knowledge management systems, geographic information systems)

Domain 5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills

  • 5A5. Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, share data and information, connects people to resources)

Domain 7: Financial Planning and Management Skills

  • 7A14. Uses performance management systems for program and organizational improvement (e.g., achieving performance objectives and targets, increasing efficiency, refining processes, meeting Health People objectives, sustaining accreditation)

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts


Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

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Creation and/or update

July 29, 2012