Face-to-Face Training, CEUs,

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December 2012
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Face-t0-Face Training in Mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Hospital Association invite you to participate in the Initial Medical Management of Radiation Injuries Training Course. This one-day course will address specific key topics on the initial evaluation and management of radiation and nuclear related injuries. This training course will focus on training first receivers (physicians and nurses) and emergency services personnel, using a combination of didactic sessions and scenario-based discussions, on the proper and safe, initial evaluation and management of victims injured in an overt or covert radiological or nuclear incident. Further, the initial management of internal contamination will be discussed along with management strategies. Acute Radiation Syndrome and long term effects of acute radiation exposures will also be covered.


There will be three dates and locations for this training:

  • January 23, 2013 in Grenada, MS.
  • January 24, 2013 in Pearl, MS
  • January 25, 2013 in Hattiesburg, MS  
Course instruction will be provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), School of Public Health, South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Center.
Continuing Education Credits will be provided.

 ** Space is limited and registrations will be accepted until slots are filled.
There are no registration costs for this training opportunity.
This Training Course is funded for you through an Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) grant to the Mississippi State Department of Health in collaboration with the Mississippi Hospital Association - Health, Research & Education Foundation, Office of Hospital Emergency Preparedness.
For more info, contact: Ashanti Smith Project Coordinator, MHA Office of Emergency Preparedness - (601) 368-3219 or asmith@mhanet.org
Online Course Spotlight

Disaster Responder Health and Safety


The Disaster Responder Health and Safety course will address concerns for the health and safety of first responders involved in the response to natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods and will include the identification of specific hazards associated with these types of events.  Learn More 



Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health: Session One - Monitoring & Evaluation: What? When? Who?

CEUs: Nurses 1; Social Workers 1 


This course provides an introduction to the monitoring and evaluation of Maternal and Child Health programs. Faculty will describe the different types of program evaluation and the context in which these types of evaluation are used. Also, the role of stakeholders will be discussed to ensure effective evaluation and strategies will be proposed to ensure successful collaboration. Students will get to identify stakeholders for the Child Wellness Program. NOTE: This course is the first in a six-course series.  Courses 2-6 are currently in development. Learn More



Pediatric Trauma and Disaster

CEUs: Nurses 3.3; Social Workers 3.25 


This online course addresses specific topics in pediatric trauma care, hospital disaster preparedness, and response for incidents involving children. The course provides an overview of early hospital responder care for pediatric trauma and disasters with an emphasis on hazards and response capabilities. The curriculum covers emergency department preparedness for receiving multiple pediatric patients, and conducting an acute assessment, diagnosis and stabilization of the severely injured child. Examples and lessons learned from responding to pediatric injuries resulting from the 2011 Alabama tornado outbreak are discussed. Learn More



Overview of Community Management of Patients in Disaster  


The South Central Public Health Partnership's Learning Management System provides primary care practitioners and support personnel convenient access to authoritative educational resources designed to efficiently develop and enable their responder skills in creating community resilience and response capability. Learn More    

Nursing and Social Work CEUs


Are you a Nurse or Social Worker looking for CEUs?  The South Central Public Health Partnership has many courses available that offer both Nursing and Social Work CEUs.  These are FREE OF CHARGE.  To search for courses that offer CEUs, go to Course Offerings and enter CEU in the search box.  Below is a list of our courses that are currently offering FREE Nursing and/or Social Work CEUs.

Building and Maintaining a Collaborative Culture
Communicating With and For the Maternal and Child Health Population:  Issues and Challenges
Community Management of High-Dose Radiological Events
Community Partnership and Perspectives-Advanced

Decision Making: A Systematic and Organized Approach

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill:  Dissecting the Post-spill Impact
Family Advocacy and Involvement in Title V Programs
Health Care Reform: An Overview of the New Legislation
Improving Interpersonal Communication and Relationships

Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health: Session One - Monitoring & Evaluation: What? When? Who?
Leadership and Advocacy: Trends and Challenges in Maternal and Child Health
Leadership Management Communication
Leadership, Strategic Planning and Systems Approaches

Managerial Communications
Managing and Motivating Effective Public Health Performance
Mentoring and Coaching
Pediatric Trauma and Disaster
Productive Communication Skills
Radiological Events in a Community: High-Dose
Radiological Events in a Community: Low-Dose
Succession Planning for Public Health Agencies
Systems Thinking in Maternal and Child Health:  Applications in Practice
The Core Elements of Project Management in Public Health
The History of Public Health Informatics:  Where Do We Go from Here?
The Legal Implications and Resources to Assist Community Healthcare Planning Efforts

Maternal and Child Health Trainings

The South Central Public Health Training Center has compiled twenty-four of our Maternal and Child Health related courses into specific groupings to better meet the needs of the MCH worker.  Nursing and social work continuing education units are available for many of the courses.  These courses have been reviewed by our Maternal and Child Health experts and organized into three bundles in the following areas:





Leadership development is an important topic in any profession and maternal and child health is no exception.  Given the aging work force and the potential for significant numbers of retirements over the next few years, thoughtful preparation of junior level staff to assure they are ready to assume leadership roles in the future is critical to the continued success of Title V programs.  Click here for more information on this bundle.





Though all states have MCH programs, organizational structure varies and each  may have unique responsibilities related to specific maternal and child issues.  In light of these differences and considering new opportunities such as the federal home visiting program and affordable care act, it is critical that MCH leaders have strong communication skills so they can emphasize Title V's role in assuring quality and accessibility of services, highlight successes, and respond to a variety of audiences that may need information.  Click here for more information on this bundle.





In a recent survey, almost 50 percent of state Maternal and Child Health and Children with Special Health Care Needs program directors identified management skill development as a top three training need for their staff members.  The current climate of budget reductions and staffing changes highlights the need for strong management skills that can keep MCH programs running efficiently and motivate workers to perform at their highest levels.  Click here for more information on this bundle.



Partner Update
On behalf of Institute of Medicine's Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events, Dr. Andrew Rucks, Professor, UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, has been invited to serve as a member of the planning committee for their upcoming workshop, Medical and Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Response for Pediatric Populations and Families.  The planning committee will organize and develop materials for a public workshop examining the existing capability and needs related to children and families with children who have special healthcare needs. 
Other Training Opportunities

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. 


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





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.