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Upcoming Webcasts

Social Media: The Blurring of Professional Boundaries


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

12:00-1:30 PM (Central Time)


Social media has become a great way to connect with people, but in the healthcare profession, social networking can often blur the ethical lines in a patient-provider relationship.  Postings on Facebook and similar sites have cost some healthcare professionals their jobs and some others have even lost their license to practice.  Program faculty will explore the issues which make social media a potential liability for healthcare providers and discuss ways to teach professionals how to avoid the misuse of this new media. 


Continuing Education:

Nurses 1.5 Hrs


For More Information:
View the conference flyer 
To register click here 
Reinventing Maternal and Child Health: Coordinating the Boundaries Between Social Determinants and Clinical Care
Thursday, June 13, 2013
12:00-1:30 PM (Central Time)
As changes occur in the field of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), innovative approaches are needed to address critical issues.  Life Course, a perspective that has roots in other disciplines, builds upon collaborations and partnerships in the broader public health system and in other disciplines.  The process of applying Life Course in practice allows for flexibility and innovation and is critical for long-lasting and effective health improvements.  Program faculty will discuss the role each public health professional can play in contributing to this system change and social movement within MCH.
Continuing Education:
Nurses & Social Workers (pending)
For More Information:
View the conference flyer
To register click here
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 Date and location:
**Registration is free but you must register to attend.
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.
Online Course Spotlight

Resilient Leadership: Building an Organizational Culture of Resilience


This course provides an overview of the nature of and practices which constitute "resilient leadership." Resilient Leadership may be thought of as the attitudes and practices which may serve to create a "culture of resiliency" within a given organization. Such a culture promotes mutual support and success while viewing adversity as opportunity. Learn More



Population-Level Approaches to Child Physical Abuse Prevention


To date, the majority of research and policy efforts to prevent child maltreatment have been focused on individual and family level programs, such as home visiting, that target at-risk families.  In contrast, population-level strategies aiming to shift social norms relevant to child maltreatment have been relatively under-studied and under-developed.  Learn More



From Silos to Systems:  Transdisciplinary Approaches to Public Health Assurance in the Post-Katrina Era


At the start of a new hurricane season, Gulf Coast residents have moved beyond the "lessons learned" stage and are forging ahead with rebuilding.  Central to those efforts is assuring health.  Learn More



Public Health to the Rescue:  Emergency Response is Now a Core Function


This program will examine the roles played by three state public health agencies in the response and recovery phases of Hurricane Katrina, specifically with respect to the public health core functions.  Learn More



Nuclear Power Plant Safety and the Public Health Response

CEUs: Nurses 1 Hr; Social Workers 1 Hr


Japan's Dai-ichi nuclear power plant crisis in 2011 impacted countries thousands of miles away.  The crisis shed light on several issues including protective action measures and population monitoring.  Learn More



Focused Strategic Thinking 


This course introduces the process of using Focused Strategic Thinking (FST) to develop an organization's strategic action plan during a one and a half day retreat. The course presents each component of the FST process, provides examples of activities, and discusses expected outcomes of each phase from preliminary analysis to implementation. Learn More **This course is located on the ALPHTC LMS and requires a seperate login username and password.



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



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  


Upcoming Conferences & Partner Announcements

Louisiana Public Health Association 2013 Educational Conference


"Innovation and Creativity:  Moving Public Health Forward"  

April 11 & 12, 2013
Lafayette, LA
Holiday Inn
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.
Alabama Department of Public Health
Disaster Mental Health Training
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
Montgomery, AL
The Alabama Department of Public Health's Center for Emergency Preparedness presents Disaster Mental Health Training in "Building the Characteristics of Psychological Resilience:  Tools for Responders to Prepare for Disasters".
For the conference agenda click here.
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)
Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham, AL  35209
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:
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 rongbing@uab.edu or
Alabama Department of Public Health
Volunteer Symposium 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
Montgomery, AL
The Alabama Department of Public Health's Center for Emergency Preparedness presents the 2013 Volunteer Symposium "Understanding the Challenges Facing our First Responders:  Treating Those Who are Suffering from Trauma and Stress Brought about by Acts of Terrorism".
For the conference agenda 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.  
Other Training Opportunities

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


Looking for CEUs?


The South Central Public Health Partnership has many courses available that offer both Nursing and Social Work CEUs.  For a list of courses currently offering continuing education, click here.


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. 


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.