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January 2013
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Face-t0-Face Trainings
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

Painting a Moving Train:  Working with Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families


February 8, 2013


Service members representing every county within the state of Alabama have been deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Once their deployments are over, it is widely known that the adjustment to non-combat life will present a significant challenge to many and, while a variety of health and mental health services are available through the Veterans Administration, most veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being seen by community providers who are not well versed in the military or the unique challenges of these returning service members. This program provides an overview of military life and culture, the combat experience and the wide spectrum of psychosocial issues faced by returning service personnel.
A new report released by the National Council for Behavioral Health in November 2012 estimates that of the 2.4 million active duty and reserves that were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, almost 30 percent will have a mental health condition. More than 18 percent will suffer from PTSD, major depression or a combination of both disorders. Yet less than half of returning veterans needing mental health services receive any treatment and even fewer are receiving evidence-based care.
Who Should Attend:
This program is designed for primary care providers, physicians, nurses, mental and behavioral health professionals, and others who are now or who may be interested in working with veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and/or their families.
For further information: Program Brochure
To register for this program, click here.
Online Webcast
Perinatal Care Policies, Programs, and Quality Improvement Initiatives:  Influencing Life Course Trajectories
Thursday, January 31, 2013
10:00 - 11:30 A.M. (CT)
In order to improve perinatal outcomes and overall maternal and infant health, it is important to understand how our current perinatal health systems, programs and policies operate and how they can be improved.  This course addresses critical issues in the maternal and infant health field, such as appropriate metrics for program evaluation and programmatic quality improvement.  There is particular focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by perinatal programs and their unique role in the public health system promoting a life course perspective.  Leading experts will discuss applications of best practices and improving performance in maternal and infant health systems, programs, and policies.  
For more information about this broadcast, view the flyer here.
To register for this program click here.
Online Course Spotlight

Creating a Context for Change:  Leading through Organizational Development 


Learners participating in this web-based course will focus on leadership effectiveness particularly in terms of facilitating innovation and change within an organization and achieving an organizational context that is conducive to continuous improvement and a never-ending commitment to excellence.  As effective leaders, we strive to create a shared vision of the future and then mobilize people, processes, and resources to achieve that vision.  Effective leaders treat innovation and change as a continuous process, not as a single event or series of staccato or stop-and-go actions.  By establishing and maintaining a continuous forward momentum, leaders can engage others in working together to be adaptable and flexible in their ongoing pursuit of their shared vision. Learn More 


Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health: Session Two - Program Description and Logic Model


This session discusses the importance of needs assessments in informing progarm evaluation and guiding the formulation of realistic evaluation goals and objectives.  The session will also introduce the logic model as a way to articulate the components of a Maternal and Child Health program.  Students will get to develop a logic model for the Child Wellness Program. NOTE: This course is the second in a six-course series. Courses 3-6 are currently in development. 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 3-6 are currently in development. Learn More 


Partner Update

Alabama PHTC Online Courses & a New LMS


The South Central Public Health Partnership would like to highlight a new training and education resource that is currently available.  The Alabama Public Health Training Center, located at UAB, has developed a Learning Management System (LMS) that will house online courses, webcasts, and other educational resources.  In combination with our existing South Central Public Health Partnership LMS, housed at Tulane, we believe the addition of this resource will benefit our partners and organizations by expanding the variety of public health training courses offered.  


Users will need to create a profile prior to accessing the courses in the Alabama Public Health Training Center LMS, regardless if you are an existing user in our South Central Public Health Partnership LMS.  Currently there are five online courses on the Alabama Public Health Training Center LMS ready for enrollment.  All of these self-paced courses are available at no cost to users and many have continuing education credits awarded. 

Please visit the Alabama Public Health Training Center website and LMS for more information:




Course Descriptions:


Disaster Preparedness: Are We Ready for Kids 


Children represent an at-risk segment of the population in the face of natural and man-made disasters.  Effective pediatric planning at the state and local level requires an awareness of hazard vulnerabilities and the advance consideration of the unique needs of children and families.  Improved readiness can be achieved through collaboration between public health and emergency management leadership and key pediatric care experts and stakeholders in the private sector.  This course will examine how effective communication among all parties, including the public, will serve to improve preparedness in advance of a disaster. Learn More



HIV 101 for Community Health Workers 


The purpose of this course is to expose community workers to basic knowledge about HIV's history, prevalence, biology, diagnosis, and prevention. Presenters in this program explain and illustrate statistics related to HIV, how HIV enters and replicates itself, how HIV is diagnosed and treated, and ways to prevent the spread of HIV. Information focuses on universal methods of diagnosis and transmission as well as concerns unique to health care providers.  Learn More



Motivational Interviewing and Health Behavior Change 


This course introduces health care workers to Motivational Interviewing, a strategy used to initiate conversations related to changing unhealthy behaviors. In this presentation, participants will learn the principles of motivational interviewing and view examples of the motivational interviewing process. Additionally, practitioners will learn strategies that can be immediately implemented to improve their communication with patients.  Learn More



Improving the Provision of Male Health Care in Public Health 


This course examines the barriers to men's health and provides information on how practitioners and organizations can better serve male populations. The course also discusses socialization factors that may contribute to men's increased health risks.  Learn More



Reducing Disparities in Health through Nutrition: The Life Course Theory and Model 


The Life Course approach to health care needs emphasizes the role of early events in shaping an individual's health throughout life. This course introduces the Life Course concept and nutritional influences of early life that impact populations, especially areas in which there are disparities. Specifically, the presenter addresses factors including maternal health during pregnancy, parenting style, food availability, and sleep and their impact on obesity and other health threats. In addition, the course addresses ways in which public health workers can reduce health disparities.  Learn More


**For technical assistance or questions about these trainings, please contact Will Bruer, 205-934-7140, rwbruer@uab.edu, or Rongbing Xie, 205-934-7238, rongbing@uab.edu.

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

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.