Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
April 2016 Newsletter
Partner Spotlight: Dr. Tom Teasdale

Dr. Tom Teasdale is a health educator with 30+ years in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology. He worked for nearly 20 years jointly at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. In 2003, he moved to Oklahoma to join the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Oklahoma Department of Geriatric Medicine where he was the Oklahoma site leader for the VA's VISN 16 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), leader of the Geriatric Department's education mission, director of the HRSA-funded Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center, and associate director of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative. He retired from VA in 2013 after 30 years of service and in 2015 transferred from geriatric medicine to be appointed chair of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences in the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. Dr. Teasdale has developed many educational products for instruction in aging, and has authored over 50 publications/chapters.  His long-time interests have focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of health care initiatives that improve the well-being of older adults and their family care partners. His new public health role has rapidly expanded that focus.

Public Health Seminar:
"Zika Virus - Past, Present & Future"

Dr. Steven Bradfute, Assistant Research Professor at the University of New Mexico Center for Global Health, will discuss the Zika virus on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at noon (MDT). This discussion will cover what we know about Zika virus, and more importantly, what we do not.

This event is open to all. To watch a live stream of the discussion, please click here.

Questions? Contact Noell Stone.
Region 6's Texas Health Institute's Roundtable proposal accepted for National Network of Public Health Institute's (NNPHI) 2016 Annual Conference in May.

This is the 3rd year in a row that  Texas Health Institute (THI) will be presenting a program session at NNPHI's Annual Conference . This year, THI will be introducing an important topic to the public health institutes and public health training center communities. THI, with the help of Equality Texas, is developing several online courses on LGBTQ Community Issues. These courses resulted from our Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center retreat in January.
THI's NNPHI Roundtable - PHI's C.A.R.E.S. - Compassion, Acceptance, Resilience, Equality, Support - is the first Transgender community session presented at a NNPHI Annual Conference. "Moms, Dads, Sisters, Brothers, Daughters, Sons' Family, right? Yes, but many of these family members have been rejected by their family, friends, and society. Transgender people come from all walks of life. We are your co-workers, and your neighbors. We are 7-year-old children and 70-year-old grandparents. We are a diverse community, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as faith backgrounds." An estimated 700,000 transgender people, including 134,500 veterans, live in the United States. Join our Roundtable discussion to learn more about Transgender Americans, why the community is important to population health, and identify public health collaborators working with the Transgender community. Identify steps to create supportive Human Resource policies to include Transgender employees. Explore how we can work together to connect Public Health Institutes/PHTCs/LPSs with the Transgender community. THI, our Region 6 South Central Texas LPS is creating a Transgender community curriculum based on this content. 
Camille Miller, Meghan Stabler, and John Oeffinger are the Roundtable leaders. Meghan is an accomplished international business executive with extensive expertise as a strategist, technologist, marketer and communicator. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and a member of HRC's Business Council focusing on LGBT workplace issues, policy, and practices. Meghan also travels to other countries as a U.S. State Department representative on LGBT and Transgender community issues. We are fortunate to have Meghan and our colleagues at Equality Texas helping us create this innovative curriculum and introducing this important public health topic to the NNPHI and PHTC communities.

Featured Courses

Cultural Competence in Emergencies

Since human beings were created, they have evolved socially, linguistically, economically, and more. Hence, in emergencies, so much is at stake that emergency responders must constantly augment their knowledge, skills, and abilities for working with individuals, groups, and communities in cross-cultural contexts. In this course, emergency responders will gain understanding of their impact on clients when providing public health and medical services. Primary topics discussed include demographic changes in the United States and Louisiana; cultural competence and its related models; and strategies for determining and increasing cultural competence in emergencies. Learn More

Transportation Triage during Emergencies

This Transportation Triage web-based course is designed to explain the concept and operational procedures for en-route Transportation Triage during emergencies. A scenario with timelines will be presented as well as a virtual demonstration of the process. Learn More

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.
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