Engaging with Disaster Citizen Science: Toolkits for Local Health Departments and Community Groups to Improve Community Preparedness

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Disaster citizen science engages members of the public in scientific activities related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The public health benefits of citizen science include community empowerment and improved disaster operations through data collection.

Two new toolkits developed through a contract with CDC can help communities and health departments learn more about disaster citizen science and how to apply it.

Join CDC’s EPIC Team and RAND Corporation, Wednesday, September 1, at 1 p.m., ET for a webinar to introduce participants to the growing field of disaster citizen science and toolkits that can help improve, both preparedness outcomes and community resilience. This webinar will be recorded. Closed captioning is available.


Ramya Chari, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Sameer Siddiqi, Ph.D.

Call Materials

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Webinar Details

When: Wednesday September 1, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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Webinar participants and viewers will accomplish the following:

  • Describe CDC’s role in the topic covered during the presentation.
  • Describe the topic’s implications for respective constituents.
  • Discuss concerns and issues related to preparedness for and response to urgent public health threats.
  • Identify reliable information resources for the topic.
  • Describe how to promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention.
  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 9/01/2021: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set (see Call Materials)

None at this time

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 0. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer 1 CPH recertification credits for this program.

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Page last reviewed: October 19, 2020