January 2012


 South Central Public Health Partnership


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Inequities in Food Security Across the Life Span:  Cultural and Geographic Issues


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

12:00 - 1:30 pm (CST)

*Nursing and Social Work CEUs applied for


The World Food Summit says food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to enough safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle. While the concept seems relatively simple enough, the fact is, social determinants like poverty, gender, and the environment all affect how people obtain their food, which means some populations' dietary needs are not being met. Program faculty will discuss how this lack of access to nutritious food leads to critical health problems, and they will also provide insight on how to balance the inequities.   


For more information, please visit: http://www.adph.org/ALPHTN/assets/020112flyer.pdf 



To register, please visit: http://www.adph.org/ALPHTN/index.asp?id=5493 


HIV Testing and Beyond:  Promoting Linkage, Retention and Adherence to HIV Care


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

12:00 - 1:30 pm (CST)

*Nursing and Social Work CEUs applied for


This program will describe the discrete processes across the continuum of HIV care. Information will be presented in the context of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which includes explicit goals for serostatus awareness, linkage, and retention in HIV medical care. Operational definitions will be reviewed along with a synthesis of the state of the science regarding testing and engagement in HIV care. Model programs will be reviewed with emphasis on integrated, interdisciplinary programs relevant to individuals working in HIV in community, public health and clinic-based settings.    



For more information, please visit: http://www.adph.org/ALPHTN/assets/021512flyer.pdf 



To register, please visit: http://www.adph.org/ALPHTN/index.asp?id=5498 





Clinical Challenges in the Community Management of Patients with Special Needs in Disaster 


The evolution of modern medical competencies and expanded populations of increased vulnerability pose a significant challenge to today's public health professional in providing shelter and support during times of disaster in both the urban and rural environment. This course will address some of the significant existing challenges and examine how the roles and responsibilities of responding/receiving personnel, triage and transport and the capabilities within communities can be enhanced through more extensive planning coupled with focused preparation. The application of lessons learned and the careful design of infrastructure, harvesting local experience on a global scale constitutes a critical resource for future problem solving and development in improving community response to disaster.


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Decision Making in Disasters:  Lessons from the Field  


The current increasingly technical and urbanized centers of human population present critical challenges and opportunities to the profession of Disaster Management in the early 21st century. The lessons and practices of yesterday no longer address a widening and diversifying pattern of population vulnerabilities which modern medical therapeutics, evolving demographics and lifestyle enhancement have generated on a global scale. The vital needs of a population at risk have expanded vastly over the past half century with enormously expanded percentages of individuals in medically vulnerable states; these individuals are potentially pushed to seek critical support in the face of environmental or social catastrophe through means which have been impaired by the imposition of external perils on the community. Those needs impact the welfare and serenity of a much wider population at large whose related needs may be entangled by a need to assist stricken neighbors or citizens. Needs of a population at risk are addressed in the context of enabling a population at large. Morale of a responding team is improved by designing response as an extension of routine practice. A mandate to plan for the worst evolves where time is of the essence. Refinement in sheltering, evacuation and community action is considered under circumstances where you can't always get what you want. Planning and communication in a new age provide means and avenues for bridging present and impending shortfalls on the journey into tomorrow.


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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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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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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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Emergency Preparedness Conference

Crisis Communication:  Understanding and Communicating with an Evolving Audience


January 26-27, 2012

Clanton Conference Center

Alabama Power Company

2030 7th Street South

Clanton, AL  35045


Topics include the following:

  • Do You Really Know Your Audience?  Defining At-Risk Populations
  • What are Your Biases?  Self-Assessment and Effective Communication
  • Social Media:  The New Face of Crisis Communication
  • Breaking the Language Barrier


The conference will also feature expert panelists discussing how to effectively communicate with special populations.


Registration forms can be completed by visiting the link below:





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:
http://dl.caeph.tulane.edu 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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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


For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/eLearn/EPHOC.htm 


To register for this program, CLICK HERE


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 offered by the South Central Public Health Partnership 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.