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November 2014 
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Partner Update
Upcoming Conferences
New Certificate Programs
Other Training Opportunities
Online Course Spotlight
Newborn Screening for Inherited Disorders of Metabolism

All states have newborn screening (NBS) programs, but many practitioners are unaware of what disorders their state/territory screens for via NBS.  Additionally, despite newborn screening having existed for 50 years, many parents are unaware of this life-saving health service.  This course will enable the learner to describe a general overview of the history of newborn screening, discuss the expansion of newborn screening and testing methodologies, and understand the scope of newborn screening and the role of healthcare providers.  CEUs: Nursing & Social Work 0.80 hours.  Learn More 

Louisiana DHH EOC: Overview and Concept of Operations
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) provides training opportunities to DHH personnel, volunteers, and stakeholders who are assigned to response positions within the DHH Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Courses are designed to ensure that response personnel are adequately equipped with the skills and competencies to respond to an emergency within the state of Louisiana.  This course will describe the purpose, functions, and organization of the DHH EOC.  It will cover the structure of emergency response in Louisiana, the role of the EOC, as well as EOC communications, mission tracking, and response documentation.  Learn More

Risk Communication in Public Health Emergencies
This course is an introduction to risk and crisis communication during a public health emergency. The latest theory from the literature and applied concepts from agency recommendations are covered. This course is a hands-on, case-study based application of risk communication theory and practice. Theory and concepts are taught in the context of extensive examples and practice problems interspersed throughout the lectures. By the end of this course, the participant will have learned and practiced a variety of tools in the formation of risk communication messages.  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.
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  **This course is located on the ALPHTC LMS and requires a separate login username and password.  
Partner Update
The South Central Public Health Partnership is proud to announce both Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health were selected to continue their work as part of the national Public Health Training Center program. Through a competitive application process, both universities were chosen to receive funding for a four year period beginning in September 2014.

Tulane University will lead the Region VI Public Health Training Center, serving the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. UAB will be part of the Region IV Public Health Training Center, serving the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As part of the Region IV Training Center, UAB will focus primarily on the training needs of Alabama and Mississippi.

The Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) are supported through cooperative agreements from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the PHTC Program is to improve the Nation's public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current and future public health workforce.  Emphasis is placed on developing the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving the infrastructure of the public health system.
Upcoming Conferences
APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition  
November 15-19, 2014, New Orleans, LA
APHA's Annual Meeting & Exposition serves as the home for public health professionals to convene, learn, network and engage with peers. With the Annual Meeting, we strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Come experience APHA.

For more information including registration and housing please click here.

Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health
The Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health (ATMCH) aims to provide leadership in education, research, and service in the field of maternal and child health. Dr. Martha Wingate, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, is the incoming President-Elect for ATMCH, and we wanted to highlight some of the changes and events this organization is involved with. Membership to ATMCH is free, and we are encouraging interested community practitioners and academicians to join now:

For those attending the American Public Health Association annual meeting in New Orleans this year, you may be interested in attending two meeting events ATMCH is sponsoring: For more information about these events, please contact Julie McDougal, Program Manager at the UAB School of Public Health, [email protected]

2015 NACCHO Preparedness Summit
April 14-17, 2015, Atlanta, GA
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New Certificate Programs
Leadership Development Certificate Program

The "Leadership Development Certificate Program"  is an online version of the highly successful South Central Public Health Leadership Institute. The online version aims to enhance and develop leadership skills in participants through education and individual change and growth.  The certificate program stresses application of core functions to public health issues and translation of leadership skills  into  tools for community empowerment.  The goals of the program are to:

*Effect individual growth and change
*Develop leadership skills among participants
*Apply leadership skills and techniques in public health practice
*Improve organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and equity
*Develop collaborative partnerships to generate healthy communities
*Develop the skills to create online learning environments conducive to program outcomes

To register for this program, CLICK HERE

Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health

In 2008, a nationwide Title V training needs assessment revealed a demand for skills and competencies related to program implementation and evaluation. These results reflect the growing demand on administrators, program managers, nurses and other public health professionals to develop and implement successful and effective community health prevention programs. The Introduction to Program Monitoring and Evaluation in Maternal and Child Health course series is designed to address these needs and strengthen the competencies and skills of public health professionals in the area of program planning, monitoring and evaluation.  More specifically, this series will enable students to design and implement evaluations of maternal and child health education programs.  Students will apply their knowledge and develop an evaluation plan for the Child Wellness Program, a program that seeks to decrease obesity among children.

To register for this program, 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


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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.