Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on October 12, 2021.
“Although not everyone needs an effective public health system, everyone benefits when it works. Decades of evidence directly link economic prosperity to the health and wellness of people. Investing in economic security without similar investments in the public’s health is short-sighted and ultimately futile. For our communities to experience sustainable economic growth, they must first become physically healthier.”
– William E. Cooke, MD, FAAFP, FASAM, AAHIVS, AAFP’s 2019 Family Physician of the Year
Dr. Cooke is a physician in a rural, southern Indiana town of Austin, Indiana, and has first-hand knowledge of how the resources and opportunities available to communities impact the health, prosperity, and wellbeing of the people living there. Discrimination and deindustrialization have left pockets of concentrated poverty, toxic stress, and inequity and created health disadvantages for many. Unfortunately, our public health system has not risen to the challenge. In his book, Canary in the Coal Mine: A Forgotten Rural Community, a Hidden Epidemic, and a Lone Doctor Battling for the Life, Health, and Soul of the People, Dr. Cooke discusses these factors and how they came into play in his fight against the opioid epidemic and the worst drug-fueled HIV outbreak ever seen in rural America.
In this webinar and based on his experiences in Austin, Dr. Cooke will discuss the need to reinvest in the health and wellness of America and to build an effective public health system that benefits everyone in the community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Discuss direct links of economic prosperity and other community conditions to the health and wellness of people
- Identify how a lack of investment in public health initiatives affects health, wellness, and prosperity
- Describe ways in which locally invested funding, community involvement, and compassionate care can create an equitable foundation of health for all
By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module
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