Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter

August 2016 Newsletter

Region 6 attends Public Health Accreditation Board Training

Region 6 SCPHTC was well-represented at the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) training, where attendees learned more about how the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) can support the accreditation efforts of local, state, and tribal health departments. Four partners from Region 6 attended the workshop.

Partner Spotlight:

Kristine Tollestrup

Kristine Tollestrup, PhD, MPH, is the director of graduate education in the new College of Population Health at The University of New Mexico. She was one of the founding faculty members of the first MPH program in New Mexico and has maintained this interest in training public health professionals for over 25 years. Recently, she received funding from HRSA for another project to train rural maternal child health professionals in New Mexico through an online certificate program that is an innovative collaborative approach between UNM and New Mexico State University. Her educational interests focus on how to develop effective methods to teach basic epidemiology to graduate students, medical students, medical residents and fellows, and public health practitioners using both in-person and online methods. As a trained epidemiologist, Dr. Tollestrup has over 30 years of experience working with community-based studies addressing health effects on children from environmental exposures and health disparities in diabetes prevention and teen pregnancy prevention. She is excited to be a member of the Region 6 SCPHTC team and enjoys working with other colleagues who are experts in training public health professionals in other institutions in the south-central United States.

Help Test New Region 6 courses!

The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center team is looking for a few volunteers to help pilot test upcoming courses. Testers will provide feedback on course content and technical performance. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us.

Featured Course Bundle

Bioterrorism Preparedness

The BP bundle consists of 5 courses that provide training in bioterrorism preparedness and understanding the public health threat. The Bioterrorism Preparedness bundle also focuses on the emergency providers who respond to bioterrorism events.

Bioterrorism Preparedness bundle courses:
  • Bioterrorism - 3 credit hours
  • Biological Response Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services - 4 credit hours
  • Bioterrorism: The Public Health Threat - 6 credit hours
  • Bioterrorism: The Agents - 8 credit hours
  • Mass Casualty Incident Triage - 4 credit hours
For more information about the Bioterrorism Preparedness course bundle, 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 and let us see if we can be of help. Thank you.

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