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March 2013
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Face-t0-Face Training

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) & Points of Dispensing (POD) Training


If an event occurs in which the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has to be accessed by the State of Alabama, health professionals and others should be familiar with the SNS and how to respond when received.  Training venues for 2013 sessions have been selected to offer the current SNS training course to health professionals including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, social workers, mental health personnel, emergency management personnel, immunization personnel and others.
The training activities will include the following:
  • Plenary sessions providing a general overview of the SNS for all participants
  • Demonstration and exercise of a Point of Dispensing (POD) site
  • Breakout sessions for each of the disciplines to discuss professional issues, evaluations, awarding of certificates and adjournment.  Each breakout session will be led by a professional(s) within that discipline
Session Dates and locations:
**Registration is free but you must register to attend.
Sunday, April 7, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe St., Huntsville, AL  35801
Click here for more information including instructions on registration.
Sunday, April 28, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham, AL  35124
Click here for more information including instructions on registration.  
Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Daphne Civic Center, 2603 U.S. 98, Daphne, AL  36526
Click here for more information including instructions on registration.
Upcoming Conference
Enhancing the Public Health Nutrition Workforce:  Strategies to Promote Healthy Diets and Physically Active Lifestyles
Friday, June 7, 2013
9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. (CT)
This one day conference focuses on comprehensive prevention of obesity in children and adolescents.  The conference will address model population/system-based interventions and direct client programs and services that are being implemented throughout the United States.
There is no cost to attend this conference, but registration is required.  Click here to register online.
Continuing Education Credits Available:
4 hours of continuing education credits will be available to nurses, social workers and dietitians upon conference completion.
For more information about this conference, view the brochure here.
For more information please contact Rongbing Xie, MPH at [email protected] or
Summer Internships

IMPACT Internship Program


The Interns and Mentors Program for ACTion (IMPACT) is now accepting applicatons for the 2013 summer round.  The IMPACT Internship Program is sponsored by the Alabama Public Health Training Center located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the South Central Public Health Training Center located at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  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 pursing a Master's or Doctoral degree in Public Health.  Students will receive stipend payment provided by Training Center funding.  


Current Internship Opportunities for Summer 2013


How to Apply:  UAB Students
UAB students should apply in Dragon Trail, UAB's career management site.  Click HERE for detailed instructions on the Dragon Trail Application process.  Click HERE to apply through Dragon Trail.
How to Apply:  Students from Other Universities Including Tulane
Students from other universities should apply by submitting the following information to Crystal Jenkins at [email protected]
  • A cover letter including the Job ID and project title for which you would like to be considered, why you are qualified for the position, and your availability (including hours required to fulfill internship requirement).
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • The cover letter and resume/cv should be combined into one pdf document with the cover letter at the top
  • If you would like to apply for more than one project, please provide separate pdf's for each project
The deadline is April 1, 2013
If you have additional questions, contact:
Crystal Jenkins
Program Manager
University of Alabama at Birmingham
South Central Public Health Partnership
Online Course Spotlight

Preventive Medicine and Training the Doctors of Tomorrow


This course will cover important details of the medical specialty of preventive medicine.  The course also cites examples and statistics of preventable mortality in the United States and worldwide.  The Preventive Medicine Residency Program offered at Tulane University School of Medicine is described in detail.  Learn More



Ethics and Public Health:  How Public Health Reacts Ethically in a Disaster


The purpose of this course is to confront the student with some of "life's persistent questions" within the context of the ethics of a disaster in order that the student may discover the answers from within himself and then be able to make appropriate decisions that will allow the student to go about "living outside himself."  Learn More



Psychology of Decision Making for First Responders in Disaster Response


This course addresses topics related to the psychological factors involved with first responder decision making during emergency response situations.  The curriculum focuses on emergency management services personnel's ability to recognize and identify the key indicators of decision making in disaster response.  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 Updates

Louisiana Public Health Association 2013 Educational Conference


"Innovation and Creativity:  Moving Public Health Forward"  

April 11 & 12, 2013
Lafayette, LA
The Louisiana Public Health Association (LPHA) annual educational conference provides an educational growth experience featuring workshops, speakers and exhibits.
For more information click here.  
Mississippi Preparedness Summit 2013
April 17-19, 2013
Biloxi, MS
Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and Convention Center
The Mississippi State Department of Health, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, the MS Civil Defense and Emergency Managers Association, and the Mississippi Hospital Association Health, Research and Education Foundation present the "Partners in Preparedness" 2013 Mississippi Preparedness Summit.
This Summit is being presented by the Partnering Agencies with NO REGISTRATION FEES for the attendees.
For more information click here.
Partner Spotlight
Dr. Andrew Rucks will serve as a Session Chair for "Medical and Public Health Disaster and Preparedness Response for Children and Families:  An Institute of Medicine Workshop" to be held in Washington, DC, June 10th and 11th.  

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, [email protected], or Rongbing Xie, 205-934-7238, [email protected].

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 [email protected] 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.