Roadmap to Ready

Roadmap to Ready is a training and mentoring program to help new emergency preparedness coordinators navigate the complex landscape of public health preparedness. 

The program provides new preparedness coordinators with the knowledge, skills, connections, and resources they need to successfully prepare their local jurisdictions for new and emerging threats. NACCHO designed the program for preparedness coordinators at local health departments who have been in their roles for less than two years.

Applications for the 2018 program year will open mid-September.

Become a Mentor for Roadmap to Ready

Roadmap to Ready recruits mentors from local health departments to help facilitate workshop activities and to provide guidance to new preparedness coordinators as they advance in their careers. Volunteering as a Preparedness Mentor is a rewarding opportunity to assist NACCHO and the local public health preparedness community. The process allows you to interact with other professionals in your field and to share your expertise and knowledge with those new to the preparedness field. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to network with other experienced mentors and will be given access to all developed program resources..

Mentor Eligibility

To be eligible to be a mentor for the Roadmap to Ready, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Mentors should have at least five years of local public health preparedness experience
  • Prior preparedness coordinator or leadership experience preferred but not required
  • Mentors must have confirmation from their supervisor that they are permitted to participate in all listed responsibilities below

Mentor Responsibilities

As part of the Roadmap to Ready, participating mentors must commit to the following:

  • Oversee up to four new preparedness coordinators on their teams
  • Attend a mentor orientation webinar prior to the workshop
  • Prepare workshop content prior to the workshop
  • Coordinate mentor team learning and sharing opportunities to address challenges faced by program participants
  • Provide guidance and feedback to mentor team members as needed for up to six months following the workshop
  • Complete programmatic surveys throughout the course of the program
  • Be willing to commit approximately 30 hours of time over the course of the year

Participating in NACCHO's Roadmap to Ready is a great opportunity to gain access to resources and information that may assist you in your role as a local public health preparedness coordinator. The program allows you to network with other preparedness professionals and gain insight and knowledge from those with years of experience in the preparedness field. Each preparedness coordinator going through the program will complete an individual
development plan that will help highlight important milestones to accomplish as they advance in their career. 

Participant Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to participate in Roadmap to Ready:

  • Participants must be currently employed at a local health department as a preparedness coordinator (or other related preparedness role);
  • Participants must have less than two years of local public health preparedness experience (as of January 2017);
  • Participants must have confirmation from their supervisor that they are permitted to participate in all duties listed below

Participant Duties

As part of Roadmap to Ready, applicants must be willing to commit to the following in order to participate:

  • Attend a one-hour on-line orientation webinar prior to the workshop
  • Review required reading materials prior to the workshop (approximately two hours)
  • Participate in an all-day in-person workshop
  • Complete an individual development plan with three goals for your professional development following the workshop
  • Participate in learning and sharing opportunities over a six month period following the workshop 
  • Complete programmatic surveys throughout the course of the program
  • Compile a final report on progress toward individual development plan goals at the conclusion of the program 
  • Be willing to commit 30-35 hours of time over the course of the year

As part of Roadmap to Ready, new preparedness coordinators will gain access to the following resources that were developed with their specific needs in mind:

Community of Practice Webinars

These webinar provide an opportuntiy to dive into various emergency preapredness topics that are of interest and relevance to participants. Guest faculty and subject matter experts are invited to present best practices, resources and/or templates with program participants in a virtual and interactive webinar.

Start-up Guides

Developed on a variety of topics that are pertinent to new preparedness coordinators, these easy-to-digest guides provide foundational information on the subject, key organizations to engage, the most relevant guidance documents, and links to helpful resources. Among the 10 Start-Up Guides created, several of the current topics include:

  • Administrative Preparedness
  • HSEEP and Effective Exercises
  • Functional and Access Needs Population Engagement
  • Volunteer Management

Key Guidance and Partner Summaries

Participants will receive a variety of resources that provide information on important national, federal, state, and local partners to be aware of and engage as part of public health preparedness work. Participants also receive resources which summarize the most critical federal guidance documents and provide information on additional preparedness training resources.

Outstanding Faculty and Workshop Materials

Workshop modules are taught by experienced local public health preparedness professionals who have amassed many years of subject matter expertise and knowledge. Participants are provided with binders and flash drives which contain all course materials and module presentations. 

Individual Development Plans

Participants will receive guidance from NACCHO staff and mentors to help them formulate goals and activities to work towards to continue their professional development, advance their preparedness work, and better understand their role within the local health department.

Mentors and Classmates

Groups of participants will be assigned to a mentor led team as part of this program. Participating mentors have committed to providing technical assistance and guidance to all members of their teams. Additionally, the program contains engagement opportunities following the workshop to help teams discuss and work through challenges and share success stories. Beyond the just participating in team activities, the workshop and program provide valuable networking opportunities for new preparedness coordinators to form connections they can use both during and after the program.

Virtual Community

Participants and mentors will be given access to an email distribution list and an online virtual community portal where they can post informational and resource inquiries and share best practices and resources. Additionally, these channels are also used to continue sharing the most timely updates on important guidance, trainings, and resources.

NACCHO Staff

A team of dedicated NACCHO staff are available to help guide learning, connect participants to resources, and provide technical assistance as participants navigate the early days of their careers.

2017 Workshop Details

This year, NACCHO will be offering two workshop options for the Roadmap to Ready in-person training. These interactive workshops are designed to provide a high-level overview of the most important policies, topics, and resources that impact public health preparedness. The workshops will contain a variety of focused collaborative sessions on priority areas that make up the foundation of public health preparedness work. New preparedness coordinators will be connected to a peer mentoring team and will leave the session with a personalized learning and action plan and an assortment of resources to continue learning after the workshop has concluded. 

Workshop Option 1: 

When: Beginning March 28 and ending at noon March 29, 2016

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego- La Jolla, California, 4550 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92122

Cost: NACCHO has been able to secure a hotel room block of $219/night. Travel and hotel costs are the responsibility of the individual. Scholarships for new preparedness coordinators and mentors are available on a limited basis. 

How to Attend: An application to attend must be completed by all interested individuals. Applications for the 2017 program year will open September 26th through December 9, 2016. Applicants will be able to indicate their workshop preference within the 2017 Roadmap to Ready Program Application. 

Workshop Option 2: 

The workshop will take place during the 2017 Preparedness Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.

When: Occurring on April 24, 2017 in conjunction with the 2017 Preparedness Summit (activities to occur April 25-28, 2017)

Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: No additional charge to attend this workshop beyond the Preparedness Summit registration fees and travel costs to attend the Summit. Scholarships for new preparedness coordinators and mentors are available on a limited basis. 

How to Attend: An application to attend must be completed by all interested individuals. Applications for the 2017 program year will open September 26th through December 9, 2016. Applicants will be able to indicate their workshop preference within the 2017 Roadmap to Ready Program Application. 

About the 2016 Class

NACCHO selected 42 local health department preparedness coordinators from 24 different states to be part of the program’s sophmore class. While geographic demographics are diverse, ranging from very rural towns to major metropolitan hubs, the vast majority of selected coordinators had less than two years of experience in their roles.

Eleven mentors were selected to lead workshop activities and facilitate mentor teams throughout the program year. Like the program’s participants, mentors came from a wide variety of states, and represented both small and large jurisdictions. Unlike participants, mentors had at least five years of public health preparedness experience and wisdom under their belts.

Roadmap to Ready 2016 Cohort Map

Benefits of Participation

After completing the 2016 Roadmap to Ready workshop, the majority of participants reported having an increased ability to do the following:

  • Identify how major trends affect local public health emergency preparedness;
  • Summarize how major federal policies and guidance inform and govern work at a local health department;
  • Define the federal authorities that govern emergency preparedness and response;
  • Identify legal risks and responsibilities during emergencies;
  • Describe new authorities that can be activated during an emergency;
  • Devise a strategy for engaging community partners in preparedness response efforts that accounts for barriers and challenges;
  • List potential partners and their roles and responsibilities in emergency preparedness response efforts.

2016 Workshop Highlights

As part of the 2016 workshop, participants completed a series of learning modules lead by NACCHO staff, guest faculty, and program mentors. Some of the topics covered included:

  • Landscape of Public Health Preparedness
  • Public Health Preparedness Law
  • Community Partnerships for Preparedness and Response
  • Mentor Led breakout sessions on Medical Counter Measures, Environmental Health and Preparedness Intersections, Coalition Building
  • Technical Assistance on writing Individual Development Plan 

Public Health Preparedness Program

Deise G. Leonel

Senior Program Analyst, Public Health Preparedness

202-640-4923 / dgleonel@naccho.org

Public Health Preparedness Program

Madison Ferraro

Program Analyst, Public Health Preparedness

202-507-4239 / mferraro@naccho.org

Public Health Preparedness Program

Katherine Dwyer

Director, Prep CBA

202-507-4188 / kschemm@naccho.org