Online Course Spotlight      

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March 2015  
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Online Course Spotlight
Medical Needs Sheltering

This online course introduces specific topics and outlines criteria related to the establishment of a medical needs sheltering. The Medical Needs Sheltering (MNS) course was originally developed for the Mississippi State Department of Health Medical Needs Shelter team members as part of their annual training. The course provides an overview of policies and procedures related to how a MNS operates, shelter staff roles and responsibilities, the types of residents admitted to the shelter, and existing MNS resources in Mississippi. The course curriculum also addresses staff preparation, activation, deployment, demobilization and other logistical considerations during an event.  Learn More 

Supporting Children in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis, children are often the most vulnerable.  Whether they are personally affected or exposed to traumatic circumstances through the media, it is important to protect children's emotional well-being as much as their physical safety.  This course provides information on how to support children and their families during and after a crisis.  Learn More 

Addressing Disaster and Emergency Stress Beyond First Responders:  Implications for Individuals, Families, and the Workplace

The stressors of responding to and recovering from disaster events are overwhelming. When disaster and emergency stress are discussed, it is most frequently in the context of primary victims and first responders. However, as we have all seen so dramatically in recent years, these stressors are also significant issues for those who are not typically thought of as first responders. These include FEMA, state and local emergency managers, governmental public health, utilities, social service workers and political leaders, to name a few. Those who do not do disaster work as part of their usual jobs (and their families, co-workers and supervisors) are often the least prepared to anticipate and effectively intervene when stress reactions occur.  The focus of this program is to discuss the scope and nature of this type of stress and describe immediate and longer term individual, family and workplace impact. Suggestions and strategies for pre-, during and post-event mitigation of adverse stress related outcomes will be provided.  Learn More 

Evidence-Based Approaches for Post-Disaster Mental Health Disorders

In considering the needs for effective disaster preparedness and response, one area that has often been given less attention is the mental health implications of such events.  This course discusses common post-disaster mental health problems such as acute stress disorder and PTSD as well as approaches for dealing with those problems.  Learn More 

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.
Upcoming and Archived Lectures
11th Annual Glenwood Endowed Lecture   

April 15th in Birmingham, AL

UAB School of Public Health presents the 11th Annual Glenwood Endowed Lecture, featuring Beth Smith Myles, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, University of Kansas. Her lecture is titled "Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations". "Hidden Curriculum" refers to the rules or guidelines that are often not directly taught but are assumed to be known & which impact social interactions, school performance, health & well-being. They include unspoken rules, slang, metaphors & body language. This lecture includes practical tips for teaching the Hidden Curriculum to children & adults & incorporating it into everyday life.

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2015 Ann Dial McMillan Endowed Lectureship in Family & Child Health
UAB's 2015 Ann Dial McMillan Endowed Lectureship in Family & Child Health was a great success! The speaker, Dr. James W. Collins, from Northwestern University, presented "A Life-Course Perspective of the Racial Disparity in Adverse Birth Outcomes: Zip Code Trumps Genetic Code". Here are links to the presentation video which are both free and on-demand:

UAB School of Public Health web link:
YouTube link: 
Upcoming Conferences
2015 Alabama Public Health Association Annual Conference

The 59th Annual AlPHA Education Conference will take place April 8-10, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Montgomery, Alabama. AlPHA has contracted with Embassy Suites for some outstanding room rates for the conference. For more information on how to register, please visit the following link:

2015 Louisiana Public Health Association Annual Conference

April 9-10, Baton Rouge, LA
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2015 NACCHO Preparedness Summit

April 14-17, 2015, Atlanta, GA
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Ending AIDS: A Deep South Summit

April 17, Birmingham, AL

The Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center is one of several co-sponsoring agencies invited by the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) to help coordinate and promote the event "Ending AIDS: A Deep South Summit". The Summit will engage participants in a statewide dialogue that will serve as a platform for a larger southern regional dialogue. The goal is to bring together consumers, advocates, medical and supportive service providers, public health officials from across the deep south, and key national leaders in the field to engage in a dialogue on implementation and successes across the continuum of HIV prevention and treatment, aligned with the national HIV/AIDS strategy and continuum of care initiative. For more information please visit:
Ebola Outbreak Information and Resources
The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. One imported case from Liberia and associated locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local health authorities are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States. For the latest information and updates concerning this outbreak, please visit the following link:

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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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.


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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 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.