The Role of Congregations in Public Health Emergencies

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Time: 1:00pm (Eastern Time)


Congregations and faith communities can play a vital role in helping people survive and recover from disasters and public health emergencies. Helping with disaster relief, response, and recovery can be a deeply rewarding experience for congregations, too. Congregations can provide social capital, volunteers, food, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, financial assistance, risk communication, and many other forms of aid. Congregations, faith communities, and faith-based organizations are the backbone of the voluntary organizations active in disaster (VOAD) movement and vital emergency management partners. Please review the video recording of CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection webinar featuring guest presenter Peter Gudaitis from the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, Executive Director of New York Disaster Interfaith Services, and Chair of New York VOAD, held on January 23 at 1 PM, ET.

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.

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Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div.
Executive Director, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)
President, National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)
Chair, New York Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYVOAD)

  • Webinar/Audio conference call on 01/23/2019: 1:00–2:00 PM ET
  • Web-on-demand training will be available in February
  • Materials: PowerPoint slide set (see Call Materials)

No additional resources are available at this time. Please check back later.

Accreditation Statements:

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.

DISCLOSURE:  In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, presenters, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Page last reviewed: February 19, 2019