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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 
Upcoming Webcasts
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impact on Native Americans

May 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm CT

The purpose of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to guarantee that Americans have affordable, comprehensive coverage by creating consumer protections and providing financial assistance to help Americans purchase coverage. Healthcare plans under the ACA help cover those who do not receive healthcare through their employer and must purchase coverage individually. This webinar will address how the ACA affects accessibility of affordable health care for Native Americans.

This webinar is free. Registration is required:

For more information, view the webinar flyer

Vaccines: They've Got To Be Used To Work - Lessons from the 2015 Measles Outbreak

May 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm CT

Vaccines are among the most significant medical advances in the history of the world. Hundreds of millions of lives have been saved or kept whole through vaccination programs. Diseases that were common only 20 years ago now are exceedingly rare; however, without continued vigilance in the use of the vaccines that led to this success, we risk reemergence of these pathogens, with related death and devastation. For example, the measles outbreak spreading across the United States is a good example of this risk. We will discuss how the measles outbreak may improve the public's perception of the benefits of vaccination programs, leading to improved vaccination rates in at-risk communities.

For more information, view the conference flyer

To register click here

The Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center is considered a local performance site within the HRSA funded Region IV Public Health Training Center network. The mission of the Region IV Public Health Training Center (R-IV-PHTC) is to strengthen competence of the current and future public health workforce in HHS Region IV (R-IV). 
Men and HIV - Start Talking Alabama

June 19th, 2015 at 12:00 pm CT

In the United States, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are disproportionately affected by HIV. Gay and bisexual men represent approximately two percent of the U.S. population, but account for three-fourths of all estimated new HIV infections. Among all gay and bisexual men, African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV. This program will take a closer look at the challenges of being an African American Male who is attracted to men and living in the south. Program faculty will discuss the impact of coming "out" on their lives, family, faith and finances. The program faculty members will also discuss how they created balance in their lives and how they moved on to help others. This program will be a frank and open discussion to encourage men to start talking in Alabama.

For more information, view the conference flyer

To register for this program, click here 

The Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center is considered a local performance site within the HRSA funded Region IV Public Health Training Center network. The mission of the Region IV Public Health Training Center (R-IV-PHTC) is to strengthen competence of the current and future public health workforce in HHS Region IV (R-IV).

Upcoming Conferences
The Alabama AIDS Education Training Center (AATEC), part of the Southeast AIDS Education Training Center, is sponsoring two training opportunities we would like to highlight.  The Alabama AIDS Training and Education Center's goal is to improve the standard of care and access to care for patients living with HIV/AIDS. They offer high quality professional education and training to health care providers (including clinicians, prevention professionals, as well as nurses and social workers) in the State of Alabama:

May 15th: HIV-STI Conference
8:45-am to 4:00 pm
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
429 Bufford L Rolin Dr,
Atmore, AL 36502

Register here:

May 22nd: Young Black MSM and HIV
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
2027 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Azalea Room

Register here:

The AATEC is located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Medicine, Infectious Disease Division, in Birmingham, AL. To learn more or to arrange training for Alabama-based health care providers, contact Tony Lee, PhD, Program Manager, at [email protected] or 205-975-9380.

Louisiana Primary Care Association 2nd Annual Clinical Summit

The Louisiana Primary Care Association (LPCA) is proud to hold our 2nd Annual Clinical Summit May 29-30th at the Hyatt French Quarter in New Orleans, LA.  We are looking forward to bringing you a productive conference intended for clinicians & medical providers.  CEUs will be offered.


New This Year:  We are excited to offer a special Public Health Preparedness (PHP) track geared toward Emergency Preparedness professionals.  Sessions will feature information on:  infection control, bloodborne pathogens, disaster preparedness, & much more!

PHP REGISTRATION (required only if you are not attending the full Clinical Summit)

Please address your questions to Kathy Mathews at (225) 927-7662 ext. 206.
Reserve your room using our special conference rate.
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


For more information, go to 


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.