October 2011

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The History of Public Health Informatics:  Where Do We Go from Here?


Thursday, October 27, 2011

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Central Time)

*Nursing and Social Work CEUs Applied For


What is public health informatics (PHI)?  Simply put, PHI is a sub-field of public health.  Program faculty will journey through the evolution of public health informatics and describe how key events over the past decade have contributed to development and utilization of many computerized systems that support public health practice.  Special focus will be given to major PHI applications including syndromic surveillance.  Emerging (e.g., geographic information systems, text-messaging) and future (e.g., social networking, public health information exchange) PHI applications will also be discussed.


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Systems Thinking for Maternal and Child Health:  Application in Practice


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (Central Time)

*Nursing and Social Work CEUs Applied For


Systems thinking and using the systems approach to manage public health controversies can provide new and exciting opportunities and collaborations, yet the importance of this concept is often overlooked. Many disciplines converge in this problem-solving approach and bring new ideas to the forefront of today's critical public health issues. In this seminar, Dr. Donna Petersen will explore how systems thinking can be applied to Maternal and Child Health and analyze the advantages of using this method to solve current and future challenges in public health.


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Crisis Management: Critical Thinking in Crisis Preparation  


This course introduces participants to the fundamentals of crisis management. It presents a framework that shows clearly the critical activities and programs all organizations need to have in place before, during, and after major crises. It allows participants to analyze their own organizations with regard to how well prepared they are for major crises.


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Behavioral Obesity Treatment:  Today's State of the Art  


Obesity is a public health epidemic that's affecting millions of Americans. Research shows that weight loss isn't as much the problem as weight maintenance seems to be. Finding long term solutions to making lifestyle changes that people are able to incorporate and continue is the real challenge. This course provides public health professionals with strategies to use with their patient population to promote behavioral changes necessary for sustained weight loss.


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Communicating With and For the Maternal and Child Health Population: Issues and Challenges  


Title V and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs aim to improve the health of all mothers and children, yet program structures and responsibilities vary among the states, and existing systems and resources to address MCH needs are frequently sub-optimal. Effective communication and knowledge transfer skills can reinforce Title V's role in assuring access to high quality services, translation of best practices, and the development of health policies that support improved health outcomes. Program faculty discussed successful, clear communication and knowledge transfer skills and strategies crucial to MCH health improvement and advocacy goals.


**CEUs: Nurses 1 hour; Social Workers 1 hour


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Community Management of an Epidemic Outbreak 


The evolution of modern medical competencies, the slowing availability of effective antimicrobials and expanded populations of increased vulnerability pose a significant challenge to today's public health professional in providing effective intervention and support during epidemic disease outbreak in both the local and international environment.  Expanding and aging populations are driving unprecedented global urbanization and contributing to shortfalls in per capita food and water availability while human and domestic animal habitation reaches into previously isolated reservoirs of potential pathogens.  This course will address some of the significant existing challenges and examine how focused and current community prevention efforts and broadly coordinated specific intervention are the key to limiting epidemic spread, mitigating community injury and preserving civil order.

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Establishing Closed PODs:  An Overview of Recruitment, Training, and Operational Matters


During a public health emergency that requires medical prophylaxis for a significant number of residents within 48 hours, it is essential to recruit private entities to serve its own employees and employees' family members.  Closed Points of Dispensing sites (PODs) can be alternatives to public POD sites and address the health department staffing challenges.  This course provides an overview of the concepts and frameworks of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and Closed PODs.  Subject Matter Experts from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Mississippi State Department of Health will discuss the process of requesting, recruitment, establishment, and operational matters for Closed PODs.  Lessons learned and best practices related to the training, operating, and reporting of Closed PODs will be covered.


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The Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) is a membership organization of 26 Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) with a total of 82 sites and supporters committed to the goal of achieving health care access for all and elimination of health disparities.  This course serves as an orientation for new members joining the LPCA.


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Building and Maintaining a Collaborative Culture


Collaboration is essential to public health professionals in
order carry out their daily job duties successfully and enhance the health outcomes of the population which they serve.  This course covers why collaboration is important, how to build a collaborative culture, and barriers to effective collaboration.  This course provides two interactive case studies which offer the audience an opportunity to increase their awareness of collaboration and gain some hands-on experience in dealing with real world collaboration challenges.


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It's been one year since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the consequent Gulf Oil Spill.  The oil spill itself was an acute event but the long term follow up will be with public health professionals for many years to come.  This course will discuss the post-oil spill issues related to public health.  The discussion will include issues associated with recovery, various exposure pathways, response efforts in retrospect, and the public health response in the coming years.


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The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon on April 2010 and the consequent Gulf Oil Spill has raised many public health questions.  Will the oil make me sick?  What could be in the air?  Is the seafood that gets to market safe?  Is it safe to go to the beach?  In order to assess the public health effects, it's important to understand the components and characteristics of oil.  This course will provide information about crude oil, weathered oil, and dispersants.  Public health aspects related to exposure to air contaminants, seafood, beach advisories, and worker safety will also be discussed.

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We Want to Hear From You


Looking for more training on a specific topic in public health?  Need additional training on a current public health hot topic?  We want to help you address these needs.  Please email us and let us know about your current training needs/interests/issues.  We will evaluate our current trainings to see if we have something that can address your area of interest.  If we don't have the resources already available, we will look into the possibility of developing those resources for you.  Please send us an email at trainingnow@tulane.edu and let us see if we can be of help.  Thank you. 
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Disaster Management
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
A new program in Disaster Management is being offered by Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences.  This program is offered both on campus and by distance learning through the Center for Applied Environmental Public Health (CAEPH).  Students may obtain either a graduate certificate or the full MPH in disaster management.  The Tulane CAEPH distance learning programs are geared to mid career professionals.  CAEPH uses state-of-the-art synchronous distance learning technologies to enhance learning and networking. 
For more information on the MPH program, please visit:
http://dl.caeph.tulane.edu or send an email to DLinfo@tulane.edu or call 1-800-862-2122.

Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Preparedness Management and Policy

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization & Policy

This specialized degree covers all hazards preparedness topics including, event typologies, response organization, leadership and management, hazard and risk assessment policy development and evaluation and risk communication.

Public Health Preparedness Management and Policy Learning Objectives

Describe the economic, legal, organization, and political underpinnings of the US health system with regard to preparedness

Apply principles of management, finance, accounting and strategic planning in health care organizations with regard to preparedness; and

Apply basic planning and management skills as well as risk assessment policy development and evaluation and risk communication necessary with regard to preparedness

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Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Public Health Management

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization & Policy

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program in Public Health Management prepares current and future public health leaders and research faculty to apply critical thinking and rigorous research methods to complex problems facing public health practitioners and policy makers.  The program focuses on public health management, organization, and leadership issues and allows students to specialize in preparedness management and policy or any of the other public health disciplines: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, or health behavior.

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Preparedness Minute Videos

Preparedness Minutes are video clips describing actions to take in emergency situations, whether they are at work or at home.  Some of the videos will be reminders, others will present new information.  Ultimately these videos will help you be prepared for an emergency or disaster.  Please visit the link below to watch any of our preparedness minute videos.

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Participants have 7 weeks to complete each course. A certificate of completion is awarded to those who score 70% or better on the knowledge-based assessment.


All courses are FREE. Sponsored by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This email was sent to you because you have participated in a training offered by the South Central Public Health Partnership. These projects are supported under a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant number 1U090TP000400-01, and the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Administration (HRSA) grant number UB6HP20201. The contents of these programs are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.