For Immediate Release
August 14, 2012
Emergency Medical Services
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University College at UMass Boston today announced two new certificate programs in emergency management. The non-credit programs combine the expertise and resources of the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness with the academic programs in post-disaster reconstruction at UMass Boston. The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is a program of Boston Emergency Medical Services, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission.
“We are very excited to be able to offer two new certificates in this very important field, “ says Philip DiSalvio, Dean of University College. “To be able to join forces with the DelValle Institute to enhance the expert training they already deliver is a wonderful opportunity.”
The two certificate programs, one in “All Hazards Emergency Response and Protection” and the other in “Inclusive Emergency Planning” will consist of a module of coursework offered through DelValle combined with a 3 non-credit course sequence taken through University College.
“We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve built around emergency preparedness in the city, and this is an innovative way to collaborate even further with key stakeholders,” said James Hooley, Chief of Boston Emergency Medical Services. “The chance to bring together the expertise of UMass Boston with that of DelValle is an exciting one, and we look forward to engaging more people on this important issue.”
Courses offered by DelValle in the first certificate program are geared to those who work in or collaborate with healthcare stakeholders, to give them a comprehensive understanding of emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The focus is on threats and hazards, mitigation and pathways to recovery.
Courses in the “Inclusive Emergency Planning” program will offer planners in emergency medical services, healthcare, public health and public safety a comprehensive overview of emergency preparedness with a focus on including the diverse needs of all members within the community in planning for mitigation, response and recovery.
Added to that will be 105 hours of coursework, offered through University College with the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) which is housed in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies at UMass Boston. The courses include “Reconstruction After the Cameras Have Gone, “ “Social Vulnerability Approach to Disasters,” “Project Management” and an independent study.
“Our Center works in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the U.S. and globally in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters,” says Adenrele Awotona, director of CRSCAD. “We welcome the opportunity to share what we know and are learning every day about planning for disaster, recovery and particularly how we can help communities ensure that they are taking into account vulnerable populations.”
About University College:
University College is dedicated to meeting the needs of adult learners by providing a wide range of programs from focused short-term, non-credit training to wide-ranging, long-term academic undergraduate and graduate professional degrees. www.uc.umb.edu
About the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness:
The DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness informed by the risk posed from the threats, vulnerabilities, and public health and safety consequences associated with disasters. These offerings are delivered across the spectrum of first responders, public health and healthcare agencies, as well as community and private sector partners.
About The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters:
CRSCAD works in close collaboration with practitioners, academics, researchers, policy makers and grassroots organizations in the United States of America and globally in their search for the most appropriate and sustainable ways to rebuild their communities after disasters. It assists local, national and international agencies as well as the victims of disasters to develop practical and long-term solutions to the social, economic and environmental consequences of disasters. It provides expert advice and training to communities that have been devastated by disasters. It hosts international scholars, for specified periods of time, who wish to work on the problems.