Upcoming Webcast, Online Course Spotlight,

and Other Training Opportunities

October 2013
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
In This Issue
Upcoming Webcast
Online Course Spotlight
Conference Videos
Partner Spotlight
Other Training Opportunities
Upcoming Webcast
The Affordable Care Act: Mandates, Exchanges, Medicaid...and All That

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 
12:00 - 1:30 PM (Central Time)

The Affordable Care Act called for the establishment of a Health Insurance Exchange in every state.  Many states have taken the federal-default option.  Nonetheless, all of the Exchanges, now called Insurance Marketplaces, began open enrollment on October 1st of this year.  Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.  This program describes what an exchange is supposed to do and what roles the states have in the default options.  It describes the functions the exchanges will be performing, the nature of the coverage offered, the size of the subsidies available to individuals, the taxes and fees that arise as a result of the exchanges, and why insurance premiums in some states are increasing while they are decreasing in others.  As part of this program, the interplay of the exchanges and Medicaid are considered and the implications of states not expanding their Medicaid programs are discussed.

For more information:
View the conference flyer

To register click here

Produced by the Alabama Public Health Training Center in collaboration with the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education Training Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of South Florida, Tulane University, and the Alabama Department of Public Health

Online Course Spotlight
Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health: Session Four - Outcome Evaluation

This session discusses the importance of outcome evaluation in establishing a causal link between an intervention and observed results. The first part of this session will focus on identifying proper outcome measures; the second part will focus on the different types of evaluation designs. Students will get to formulate outcome evaluation questions and identify an evaluation design for the Child Wellness Program. **NOTE: This session is part four of a six-course series.  Courses 5 & 6 are currently in development.  Learn More

Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health: Session Three - Process Evaluation

This session discusses the importance of process evaluation in understanding the context of program implementation. This session will introduce the Family Nurse Partnership program to illustrate process evaluation findings. Students will get to formulate process evaluation questions and indicators for the Child Wellness Program. **NOTE: This session is part three of a six-course series.  Courses 5 & 6 are currently in development.  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 program 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 session is part two of a six-course series.  Courses 5 & 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? 

This session provides an introduction to the monitoring and evaluation of Maternal and Child Health programs. The first part describes the different types of program evaluation and the context in which these types of evaluation are used. The second part discusses the role of stakeholders to ensure effective evaluation and proposes some strategies to ensure successful collaboration. Students will get to identify stakeholders for the Child Wellness Program. **NOTE: This session is part one of a six-course series.  FREE CEUs:  Nurses 1 hour; Social Workers 1 hour  Learn More

Social Media:  The Blurring of Professional Boundaries

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.  **NOTE:  This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast.  CEUs: Nursing 1.5 hours, $10 fee to receive CE certificate via email.  Learn More

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. 
Conference Videos
Painting A Moving Train: Working with Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families

The Alabama Statewide AHEC Program (ASAP) is committed to reducing health disparities by improving the quantity, diversity, distribution and quality of Alabama's healthcare workforce.  These videos are part of a larger conference conducted by the ASAP on February 8, 2013.  This National AHEC Organization initiative is designed to prepare health professionals to care for the unique needs of returning veterans and their families.

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.

Conference Video Registration:
To view a video recording of each module of this conference, please click on the module you wish to view, you will then be directed to the registration page for that module.  Once registration is complete you will be directed to the video.  You will need to complete a registration for each individual video.

Video 1: Harold Kudler, MD: Scope of the Issue

Video 2: Mary Lee, RN: Military Culture: Understanding Today's Veterans

Video 3: Harold Kudler, MD: Behavioral Health Issues: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Combat/Operational Stress

Video 4: Harold Kudler MD: Who the Department of Veterans Affairs Serves

Video 5: Charity Buerhaus: TRICAREĀ® Your Military Health Plan: Introduction to TRICAREĀ®

For information on these conference proceedings or further information on the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center program, please contact: Art Clawson, EdS, at [email protected] or 205-975-3024.
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

To read Dr. Rucks' interview with the America's Blood Centers regarding FCOOP, please 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.