The University of Arizona

About Us

Project Personnel

Principal Investigator / Associate Dean of Research

Jeff Burgess, MD, MPH
(520) 626-4918

Program Director / Co-Principal Investigator

Brenda Granillo, MS
(520) 626-0617

The Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERLC) has been providing public health preparedness training, exercise support, and technical assistance to the public health workforce in the intermountain west region for the past 10 years. Throughout those years, we have established a strong network of public health system partners (within, but not limited to, the health care delivery system, homeland security and public safety, emergency management, employers and businesses, media, academia, and communities). In our continuous effort to expand our workforce development activities, the MWPERLC is moving towards a national agenda to enhance the impact of the translation and dissemination of training outcomes and products to improve public health practice and enhance health security.

Our Mission:
To build and sustain relations between emergency preparedness partners at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to improve communication, collaboration, and coordination to address current and emergent public health challenges.

Our Vision:
To build an effective tribal and multijurisdictional response network by providing evidence-based training interventions designed to build preparedness capabilities and enhance capacity.

All our endeavors strive to meet the following criteria:

  • Training curriculum is mapped to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) core competencies, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) capabilities, the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) capabilities, and the DHS/FEMA, National Preparedness Goal core capabilities.
  • The MWPERLC will remain dedicated to meeting the preparedness and response needs of Tribal populations through coordination with the Tribes, federal agencies tasked with their health and safety, and other private and public agencies who provide services.
  • While our center remains focused on the needs of our public health preparedness partners in the Mountain West Region (Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah), our reach will expand to include rural, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions at the national level.