The Advanced Practice Centers Network
The APC program started in 1999 as a pilot project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The original pilot allowed three local health departments who were leaders in public health preparedness to begin to create products and resources that other field practitioners could use for free in their jurisdictions. Following a successful pilot period NACCHO was able to expand the APC Program to include eight local health departments known as Advanced Practice Centers or "APC sites."
Currently there are 108 products and resources provided by the APC Program. These products cover a wide range of preparedness topics such as risk communications, surveillance, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear preparedness, mass care, hospital surge, and much more. Every APC product is continually and independently evaluated to ensure that it effectively meets the needs of those working to prepare America's communities. Each product is different and many have multiple components. Some products contain training materials for staff and volunteers, some have planning materials for a group exercise, some are checklists, or templates, and the list goes on and on. The products also come in multiple formats, including: Website, PowerPoint, video, CD, and DVD.
APC and PHEP Capabilities
APC products are available to help local health departments reach each of the 15 PHEP capabilities to align with 100% of the functions under each capability. To view APC Products by PHEP capability, visit the Products tab.
Active in Public Health Circles
Visit the Events tab to learn more about what's coming up from the APC program. APC offers Webinars, Podcasts, exhibits, and presents at various conferences. Look for our booths, posters, presenters, Webinars, and workshops.