Using Virtual Human Technology to Improve Workforce Development and Public Education (On-demand webinar)

1 module

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

13 Oct 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on October 30, 2018.

Training Overview

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Georgia Society for Public Health Education (GASOPHE) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). 
In this webinar, participants will learn how online simulations with virtual humans are being utilized for workforce development and public education to curb chronic disease and improve behavioral health. Learn how these simulations are being used to scale effective strategies for improving and assessing the competencies of the healthcare workforce, engaging other professionals such as educators in prevention and early intervention, and moving the public beyond awareness to action.
The webinar will include (1) an overview of the benefits and research supporting the use of virtual humans, (2) demos of workforce development and public education about mental health, substance use, and chronic disease, and (3) several use cases of county and statewide implementations including research results.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainers

John Patton is a published newspaper, magazine and online journalist who has worked for PBS, NBC and CBS. His work has spanned nonprofits, government agencies and private business. John has worked with CDC to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program, working with media and technology companies to create disease prevention and awareness campaigns. 

The Kognito team of 75 people is based in NYC and develops simulations where users engage in health conversations with virtual humans as a tool to build skills and confidence to manage similar conversations in real life.  

Jennifer Spiegler leads Kognito's engagements with state-level health and education agencies in deploying mental health and substance use simulations.  She enthusiastically embraces the meaningful use of technology to improve health and education outcomes and to increase equity in education, health and healthcare.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the benefits of virtual human technology for workforce development and public education
  • Describe three county and statewide projects utilizing simulations areas with virtual humans to scale effective strategies, including in rural
  • Test-drive two simulations featuring virtual humans as effective tools to build skills and knowledge across large and geographically dispersed audiences


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Using Virtual Human Technology to Improve Workforce Development and Public Education (On-demand webinar)
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