Public Health Emergency Preparedness 101 for Pharmacy Professionals

2.0 Hour of CE for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

The Virginia Department of Health in partnership with the Virginia Pharmacist Association has collaborated to develop the continuing education for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness 101 for Pharmacy Professionals.

Coordination between state health departments and pharmacies is essential to expanding public access to pharmaceutical countermeasures during a public health incident or event. Pharmacists and pharmacy personnel play key roles in taking care of the commonwealth and citizens would turn to their familiar, trusted pharmacy setting for pharmaceutical countermeasures during a public health incident or event.

This 2 hour continuing education is FREE for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (VPhA members and non-members).

This publication is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Pharmacists Association.


To obtain CE credit for this program:

  • Watch the video below
  • Take (and pass with a 70% or greater) the 22 question quiz
  • Complete the program evaluation
  • VPhA will then submit your information to CPE Monitor within 30 days of completing the program

Continuing Education Video

  • Pharmacy and Emergencies
    Christina Barrille, VPhA
  • Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Overview (begins around 12:00)
    James Moss, VDH
  • Dispensing during an Emergency (begins around 44:00)
    Christine Fletcher, VDH
  • Public Health Communications (begins around 1:01:00)
    Lauren Cunningham, VDH
  • Volunteering in Emergencies (begins around 1:10:00)
    Jennifer Freeland, VDH
  • Virginia Department of Health and Pharmacy Emergency Medical Countermeasures Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (begins around 1:26:00)
    Christine Fletcher, VDH

CE Quiz

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Fees for Program

Free for all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists

Continuing Education Information

ACPE # 0278-0000-18-009-H04-P
ACPE # 0278-0000-18-009-H04-T
2.0 Contact Hours (0.20 CEU) for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Program expiration date: 3/23/2021

Learning Objectives for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

  1. Describe the role of the pharmacists in emergency preparedness and response.
  2. Recall tools to communicate with the public and reach vulnerable populations.
  3. Describe the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and its assets.
  4. Identify the mission of the SNS and understand the program’s flow.
  5. Describe medical countermeasures and dispensing in Virginia.
  6. Describe the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) partnership between the Virginia Department of Health and pharmacies in Virginia for Emergency Medical Countermeasures.
  7. Relate how pharmacy professionals may be involved in the MOA’s four emergency response networks.
  8. Relate how pharmacy professionals can become involved in emergency preparedness through their Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units.


Christina Barrille
Lauren Cunningham
Christine Fletcher, PharmD
Jennifer Freeland
James Moss

Program Sponsorship

Funding for this CE was made possible by funding (in part) from the CDC. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. DHHS, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Speaker Disclosures

VPhA requires that speakers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of the educational activity.

The Virginia Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.