South Central Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC)



Training Catalog - links to Conferences, Online Courses, and Webcasts


The South Central Preparedness & Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC) was launched in 2010 to strengthen and improve the nation’s public health, preparedness and response capabilities. This initiative focuses on providing training and training technical assistance to the public health workforce and other responder communities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
The SCPERLC at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, located in Birmingham, Alabama, in collaboration with Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, located in New Orleans, Louisiana, will provide a coherent framework for preparedness and emergency response core competency-based and partner-requested training that will: 1) improve knowledge, skills and abilities; 2) improve preparedness and response performance; and 3) result in improved training-related outcomes for the preparedness and emergency response workforce.

Funded by the CDC, the SCPERLC is part of a network of academic preparedness centers across the country.  The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health works closely with the CDC to support and manage the project nationwide.

Collaboration between immunization and emergency preparedness programs is an essential component in effective planning and response to vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and in mitigating the burden caused by such events on the health and well-being of U.S. society. To underscore the need and importance these programs working effectively together, the South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC) & the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (Emory PERRC) Immunization Systems and Public Health Preparedness Project partnered to coordinate and produce a series of interviews with subject matter experts representing both programs.  These interviews highlighted ways in which immunization program managers can work with emergency preparedness programs to optimize future responses to public health emergencies. Strengthening collaborations between emergency preparedness programs and immunization programs will help build surge capacity, improve decision making around allocation of scarce resources, and enhance immunization registry utility in emergency situations.