UNT Dallas public health students, faculty and staff attended a six-hour training Friday, March 31, 2017 to learn how to respond in case of a community health crisis or epidemic. The training was provided by the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department.

The training’s primary focus was teaching public health students how to set up and manage a point-of-dispensing (POD) site. POD sites serve a critical role during a community health crisis, by providing the community with quick and convenient access to the appropriate vaccine, antibiotic, or anti-viral medication. UNT Dallas is considered a closed POD site, and would provide medications for university faculty, staff, students, and their families, rather than the public.

Attendees ended the day with a mock POD drill, with campus police and other staff on hand to better understand their roles in a time of crisis.

“I’m majoring in public health because I want to help people get healthy and stay healthy,” said Antaneisha Fields. “I appreciate that our professors provide training like this on campus so students can have hands-on experience before we graduate.”

Individuals interested in this and other public health related programs, are encouraged to participate in Public Health Week, April 3-7, 2017. Public Health Week events include a lunch and learn, “Food Choices for Healthy Living” at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 in Founders Hall 101, as well as women’s health event Thursday, April 5, and Public Health Day from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. April 7.

For more information about the public health program, visit http://www.untdallas.edu/lhs/programs/phealth, or email Michelle.Baptiste@untdallas.edu.