Online Course Spotlight,

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August 2013
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Online Course Spotlight
Managing Change in Public Health:  Bringing out the Leader in Each of Us

Some say that the only people who want to be changed are babies!  The reality is that all of us experience resistance to innovation and change, rather than embrace or take charge of it.  Individuals can choose to be proactive toward change and adopt leadership strategies for taking charge of change instead of letting it take charge of them.  This course will explore the change process and examine typical responses to change, environmental influences, and strategies for adapting successfully within the public health field.  **NOTE:  This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.  Learn More

Facilitation Management

This one-hour course addresses the concepts and importance of facilitating collaboration and coalition building within public health organizations.  The course outlines an easy-to-use process for facilitation and highlights some essential logistical considerations, including some key components of meeting follow-up.  Examples on how to use a facilitation tool kit for meeting facilitation and coalition evaluation are provided.  Learn More
**This course is located on the ALPHTC LMS and requires a separate login username and password. 

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

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.  



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
On August 13th, Dr. Peter Ginter and Dr. Andy Rucks represented the South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC)  in a webinar entitled "Focused Continuity of Operations Planning (FCOOP): A Management Approach".  Association of Schools & Program of Public Health (ASPPH), in cooperation with the CDC and the SCPERLC, presented this webinar for faculty of the CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health and Federal, state, local and Tribal governmental public health practice partners. The webinar focused on a specific method of developing and maintaining continuity of operations plans (COOPs), known as Focused COOPs. Dr. Rucks and Dr. Ginter were the featured speakers. A guest speaker, Ms. Tanya Phillips, Preparedness Coordinator at Jackson County Health and Human Services (Oregon), spoke about the COOP training and how it has improved her organization's preparedness efforts.  To view the 1-hour webinar click here

The Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Community Women's Health Education Center, known as the Mary Amelia Women's Center (MAC), was established in 2003 to provide outreach and education to the Greater New Orleans community. Today, the Mary Amelia Women's Center has expanded its efforts to focus on community building for health, health promotion, research, and advocacy with the goal of improved health for all women.  Our work seeks to facilitate community outreach and research to advance equitable health and well-being for women throughout the lifespan. With the help of our partnerships, our programs aim to remove social and physical environmental barriers to better health for women. Please visit our new website at to access information about our programs and research, current news pertaining to women's health, tutorials that provide training opportunities to enhance public health professionals' knowledge and skills, and links to national, state, and local organizations geared at improving women's health.


Other Training Opportunities
On Demand Webcasts

Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Law in Alabama: Examining the Legal Responsibilities and Supportive Services for Persons Living with STIs/HIV

Program faculty provide a forum for the presentation and discussion regarding Alabama laws and the State Board of Health's rules and regulations specific to STIs/HIV. Information regarding how these laws, as well as Federal law, apply to the practice of case management are also provided. While this information pertains to practitioners and public health employees in Alabama, participants from other states and jurisdictions are welcome to view this program.  To view the program click here



Implications of the Affordable Care Act: Effective Strategies for Outreach and Enrollment


This session provides 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 program details effective outreach tools and strategies that participants can use to enroll consumers into health coverage at the local level. Experts in the field 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.  To view the program click here 

Online MSW/MPH Dual Degree
Offered by University of Alabama and UAB School of Public Health

This program offers students interested in a career in social work and public health an alternative to the existing course of study for two separate programs. Graduates of the MSW/MPH Dual Degree program will have the skills needed to pursue leadership roles in community health care settings, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program allows students the opportunity to earn two graduate degrees, a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in two academic years, including two summers. All MSW students, including advanced standing, may apply for entrance into this program. If both degrees are earned sequentially, the completion period is three and one-half years.

The MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program is coordinated between the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the School of Public Health/Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Concentration in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For more information, click here


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


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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. 
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