Center for Disaster Medicine

MSC 11 6025
700 Camino de Salud
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Innovation, Discovery and Training Complex

Phone: (505) 272-6240
Fax: (505) 272-6259


Public Health Action Curriculum for Teens

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PHACT is a free, video-based public health curriculum that aims to educate youth participants on the public health issues that impact New Mexico communities the most. PHACT is free of charge to all participants, always.

PHACT covers five main topic areas, called modules, through the audiovisual format. The five modules are: health equity and public health careers, chronic disease prevention, emotional and mental well-being, first-aid and CPR, and disaster preparedness. At the end of each module there is an action step. The action step is meant to create an opportunity for you to further increase your knowledge of public health by taking the information you learned and using it. We encourage you to get involved in your own community and to please share these experiences with us on our Facebook page

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe public health concepts and explore public health careers.
  2. Identify chronic diseases and cancers, and promote preventive measures to decrease their incidence.
  3. Know the concepts of basic first aid and CPR.
  4. Advocate positive steps toward good emotional health and recognize symptoms of depression, suicide, and dating/domestic violence.
  5. Recognize a disaster or public health emergency and utilize resources to help prepare his/her community.

How to get started

  1. Go to the UNM Health Sciences Center Moodle to create an account.
  2. Register for the PHACT course on UNM HSC Moodle.
  3. Complete all 5 video modules and quizzes.
  4. Print out your PHACT Ambassador Certificate of Achievement.

Instructions for creating your account

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Create New Account” and fill out all the fields as corresponding. (a) Click the “unmask” box in the password field to make sure your password is being entered correctly (b) Type the reCAPTCHA 
  3. Click on “Create my new account”, you will get a message saying “An email should have been sent to your address"
  4. Go to your email. You should have an email from the HSC Moodle Admin with a link to confirm your account.
  5. Click on the link, or copy/paste it in to a new tab in your browser
  6. Tap “enter” in your keyboard to go to the site. This will confirm your account and log you in to the system for the first time.
  7. Click on the “Home” link to go to the site’s home page.

Instructions for registering for the PHACT course

Once you have registered for a Moodle account:
  1. Click on courses. Open the Emergency Medicine tab.
  2. Select Public Health Action Curriculum for Teens (PHACT)
  3. A box that says “student” will appear. Click “enroll me”.
  4. You’re now ready to start!

Other Formats

Written scripts are available on the UNM HSC Moodle for those who would like to read the content rather than watch it.

PHACT DVD’s are available upon request and free of charge for teachers, mentors, or other adults who would like to show PHACT to a group of participants. If you are an adult who is interested in leading a group of students through the PHACT curriculum please contact us for more information.

Target Audience

Our target audience is male and female youth, ages 13-19, from all communities, economic backgrounds, races and ethnicities. However, we encourage adults interested in learning more about public health to view as well.


Participants who complete the program will receive a PHACT Ambassador Achievement Award from the University of New Mexico. Participants are encouraged to include their participation in the PHACT program on resumes and job and college applications.

Our history

In 2013, the ABQ-UNM Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit and the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine were awarded an MRC Challenge Award through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The 2013-14 NACCHO MRC Challenge Awards aimed to focus innovation towards areas aligned with national health initiatives significant at the local level. Drawing from the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy, and the strategic plans of other partner organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), NACCHO challenged units to address their community needs in an innovative way. The PHACT proposal aimed to address the public health crisis in New Mexico by educating youth on the very issues that plague our state the most. Through awareness, education, and encouragement, New Mexico’s youth can take informed action in their own lives and communities, making change for the better.

NACCHO received over 200 applications and issued 29 MRC Challenge Awards for $20,000 each. To learn more about the MRC Challenge Award and winners, please visit

In 2014, ABQ-UNM MRC and the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine were awarded a second NACCHO MRC Challenge Award to expand PHACT. This additional $15,000 in funding will go towards translating the curriculum into Spanish.

Funding for PHACT is made possible by the National Association of City and County Health Officials, in partnership with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, and the University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine.


Contact us

Phone: (505) 272-4523

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