Over 30,000 individuals have enrolled in the online EHTER Awareness Level course my team at Wightman & Associates and I developed for the CDC.
This course, both the new online training and the original classroom version, has had an enormous impact on the preparedness activities and the level of preparedness among the environmental health workforce throughout the United States and abroad:
- Two states, Florida and California, have adopted the EHTER curriculum and methodology, and have implemented state‐specific EHTER training programs for their entire states.
- Other state public health departments and/or environmental health programs (e.g., Georgia, Louisiana, and Washington) require their environmental health workforce to take EHTER prior to becoming members of their states’ Environmental Health Strike Teams.
- After the delivery of an EHTER Awareness Level course in Massachusetts in 2012, the Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA), the State of Massachusetts, and Boston University have adopted the EHTER curriculum and methodology, and are delivering EHTER‐based courses throughout different jurisdictions in Massachusetts through the Local Public Health Institute at Boston University’s School of Public Health.
- Several academic institutions, including Boston University (BU), East Carolina University (ECU), Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), and Emory University, have adopted the EHTER curriculum and methodology, and are using it in their environmental health courses for students.
- EHTER is officially recognized and specifically mentioned in several parts of CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities guidance, particularly in the Mass Care Capability, and state and local public health professionals are encouraged to take EHTER in preparation for emergencies and disasters.
- EHTER serves as one of the primary data sources for the environmental health component in the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI). NHSPI provides an accurate portrayal of the United States’ health security using relevant, actionable information to help guide efforts to achieve a higher level of health security preparedness.
- Numerous environmental health and public health professionals have reported that they directly implemented the knowledge and resources/tools gained from taking EHTER in either preparedness activities for their jurisdictions or in real‐world emergencies and disasters.
- Portions of the EHTER curriculum and methodology have been used to inform the development of other courses, such as the FDA Food Safety Issues in the Event of Disasters online and in-person/classroom‐based courses.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Region IV office (Atlanta, GA) is recommending that all of its Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs) take the EHTER Awareness Level course.
- FEMA is encouraging that its cadre of Environmental and Historic Preservation Specialists take the EHTER Awareness Level so that they can have a better understanding of the environmental health issues and concerns following emergencies and disasters.
- Evaluation reports following each delivered EHTER course indicate that the training is having a tremendous positive impact on those who take the course. Evaluation methods include the use of pre‐ and post‐course tests and self‐assessments, and open‐ended feedback.
- The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO) has expressed strong interest in adding EHTER to the listing of courses in its Official Course Catalog.
- The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Officers Association (COA) has requested that EHTER Awareness Level courses be delivered at its annual meetings