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Emergency Preparedness and Home Safety Basics


Wednesday, November 30, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

*Nursing and Social Work CEUs Applied For 


A home should be a safe environment for those living in it, however, with many elderly and disabled patients, this isn't always the case. Living conditions, disability, and even inclement weather can all have a hazardous or deadly effect on a homebound patient's health and safety. In an effort to prevent serious injury and promote safety to homebound patients, program faculty will provide valuable information on how to make the home a safer place for those living in it.



  • Describe how to evaluate unsafe environments in a home setting.
  • Discuss how to relay safety information to caregivers and care recipients.
  • Review household hazards associated with weather related events.

For more information on this broadcast, you can view the flyer here.


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*Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Senior Services




Family Advocacy and Involvement in Title V Programs


Presenter:  Rylin Rodgers, B.A., State Coordinator, Family Voices Indiana; Family Discipline Coordinator, Riley Child Development Center


Friday, December 2, 2011

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

*Nursing and Social Work CEUs Applied For


Collaboration between Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs and family leaders provides a "win-win" opportunity to leverage programmatic expertise with families as an action arm for advocacy.  Program faculty will discuss appropriate roles for family advocates and describe the nuts and bolts structure and organization for how Title V programs can meaningfully operationalize their involvement.  The course will also include a discussion of the skills and training family advocates need to be successful as well as examples of successful models for partnership between family advocates and Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs.



  • Describe the benefits of partnering with families, including advocacy for Title V programs and supporting maternal and child health policy.
  • Discuss appropriate roles for family advocates and how Title V programs can operationalize their involvement.
  • Discuss what skills and training family advocates need to be successful in partnership with Title V programs.
  • Provide examples of successful models for partnership between family advocates and Title V maternal and child health programs.

For more information on this broadcast, you can view the flyer here.


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Impact Internship ProgramInternship


The Impact Internship Program is sponsored by the South Central Public Health Training Center and the Alabama Public Health Training Center, both part of the South Central Public Health Partnership. The program provides graduate students with the opportunity to develop public health skills while assisting agencies in our partner states-Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi-in their efforts to assure a fully prepared public health workforce for the future.  To be chosen as an intern, students must be enrolled in a university located in one of the partner states and pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in Public Health. Students will receive stipend payment provided by Training Center funding.

UAB students should apply in Dragon Trail, UAB's career management site.  Click here for directions on how to apply through Dragon Trail.

Students from other universities should apply by submitting the following information to Crystal Jenkins at [email protected] by November 19, 2011:

  • A cover letter stating the title of each project for which they would like to be considered and why they are qualified for these positions.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.


If you have additional questions, contact: 


Crystal Jenkins
Program Manager
University of Alabama at Birmingham
South Central Public Health Partnership
[email protected] 



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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Civic Engagement


Current economic uncertainty continues to limit the public funds available to deal with critical public health issues.  Challenges and problems, and the solutions to them, are increasingly becoming the responsibility of local and regional communities.  And as community populations become increasingly more diverse in race, religion, and socio-economic status, new strategies and tools are needed to get people and organizations to agree on a plan and work together to achieve it.  This course will discuss the new era in politics brought on by recent social and technological changes and the role of communities and individuals in reinventing how we govern. 


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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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Need Help Studying for your NEHA Exam? New to Environmental Health? Need Some Refresher Courses? EPHOC





The Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) training program has been developed specifically for you - the most important frontline environmental health professional.  This program will not only give you the knowledge and application of the basic subjects needed in your environmental health practice, but also expose you to the broader field, as well as introduce some of the newest concepts that will shape the future of how environmental health will be protecting our communities and our world.  

The fifteen EPHOC courses are taught by a group of environmental public health subject matter experts from across the country.  The instructor group is a mix of academic professors and environmental health practitioners in several different agency settings.  Course content includes the various roles and responsibilities of environmental public health staff in the over 45 hours of online training provided.  The courses can be taken individually on demand.  They have been divided into multiple 40 to 60 minute modules for each course.  Successful completion of the course content and the post test will allow online students to print out a course certificate.  NEHA members can submit the certificate for pre-approved continuing education hour credits toward credential maintenance.



EPHOC training programs are designed for: 


* New hire environmental public health professional and in-service refresher training

* Individuals preparing for a state or national credential exam

* Environmental health and related-discipline students

* Environmental public health professionals wanting to improve their technical knowledge or receive continuing education hours


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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 [email protected] 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: or send an email to [email protected] 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

For more information on the MPH degree, please visit:



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.

For more information on the DrPH degree, please visit:



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 grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources Administration.


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. These projects are also supported under a cooperative agreement from HRSA grant number 1UB6HP22824-01-00 for the Alabama Public Health Training Center.  The contents of these programs are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, DHHS, or HRSA.