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July 2013
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Upcoming Webcast
Implications of the Affordable Care Act:  Effective Strategies for Outreach and Enrollment

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 PM (Central Time)

Starting on October 1, 2013, for the first time the uninsured will have expanded access to quality, affordable health care through the Affordable Care Act.  Unfortunately, a majority of people have no idea that coverage will be available to them.  In order to improve overall maternal and child health, it is important to understand these changes and be able to implement effective strategies to reach out to consumers.  This webcast will provide both a national and local perspective, through an overview of new health coverage options provided by the Affordable Care Act and a national campaign that is working to reach consumers.  This webcast will detail effective outreach tools and strategies that participants can use to enroll consumers into health coverage at the local level.  Experts in the field will focus on the changes to come, how they may impact your state, ways to get involved, and best practices for getting consumers enrolled into health coverage in 2014.

Continuing Education:
Nurses and Social Workers Pending

For more information:
View the conference flyer

To register click here

Produced by the Alabama Public Health Training Center in collaboration with the UAB and USE Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education Training Programs, Tulane University and the Alabama Department of Public Health.


Online Course Spotlight
8 Steps to Building and Sustaining Effective Coalitions

Have you ever tried to convince your health director, mayor, school board, minister, or business owner to support your community coalition? It's not always easy, especially if he or she is not convinced that working in partnership is the best approach. This presentation will help you define coalitions, learn when and how to use them, and provide eight steps for building effective coalitions that promote health, a healthy environment, and prevent disease. By focusing on these steps, your coalition will be poised to reach its goals and sustain itself for the long haul. **NOTE - This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.  Learn More

Changing World of Work: Are you Changing Too?

Business as usual is over, even in health care and public health. This course will challenge you to adopt a proactive stance to your work life. Faculty will provide insight on how to position yourself to not only survive but also thrive in this new world of work. **NOTE - This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.  Learn More

Cultural Competency for Community Management of Special Needs Patients in Disaster
Disaster imposes adverse consequences upon a community and its people. Disasters can injure the physical infrastructure and disrupt social integration and the capability to provide basic elements of the population's fundamental needs. Additional and exceptional vulnerabilities may be revealed by crisis, especially among community members with special needs. These include members of sub-populations who have not yet been entirely integrated into community life and plans or whose lifestyle and customs place them at additional peril. Learn More 



Advanced Leadership and Practice - Part II


Dramatic change will occur in public health and health care in the next decade. This course provides public health practitioners and other health care providers with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively in the change environment at a community, state or regional level. These leadership skills are essential for designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote health.  Learn More  


Successful Strategies for Integration and Emergency Preparedness Programs in Planning and Practice


This broadcast convenes a panel of subject matter experts from both immunization and emergency preparedness programs to address national policy recommendations developed by the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM). Program faculty will uncover and highlight the best approaches to achieve AIM's recommended goals by pulling from experiences with the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Faculty will discuss successes and challenges as well as identify how successful relationships can be forged and maintained between the programs to improve emergency response efforts.  **NOTE - This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.  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 **This course is located on the ALPHTC LMS and requires a separate login username and password.



Improving the Provision of the 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  **This course is located on the ALPHTC LMS and requires a separate login username and password.  



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



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 separate login username and password.    


Partner Announcements
Partner Spotlight
Development on the Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) began in 2006.  The major partners in this project were the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) Environmental Health Services and the University of Alabama - Birmingham's (UAB) School of Public Health.  This UAB program was a partner in the South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness (SCCPHP) with Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  An article on the successful implementation and use of the EPHOC program was recently published in the June issue of the Journal of Environmental Health (see link below), authored by Lisa McCormick, DrPH and Jesse Pevear, III, MSPH, both from the UAB School of Public Health.  To read the article click here

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 [email protected] 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.