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 Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on May 24, 2022. Training Overview Veterans experience higher rates of both homelessness and suicide compared with their non-Veterans peers. In addition, Veterans experiencing adverse social determinants of health—such as homelessness—are at increased risk of suicide and other poor health outcomes. This webinar will explore the concept of homelessness and housing instability generally and experiences among Veterans specifically. We will discuss how homelessness is defined and enumerated, pathways into homelessness, trajectories of homelessness, and multi-level interventions to prevent and end homelessness. We will also explore the intersection among homelessness (and other adverse social determinants of health), Veterans’ use of tailored services to address these needs, and their experience of particular health conditions and outcomes, including suicide ideation, attempt, and death. 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 emoryphtc@emory.edu. CERTIFICATE:  The course contains two modules: a module to access the webinar and an 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. About the Trainer Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, PhD has more than 20 years experience working in the field of homelessness and housing. Since its inception in 2009, she has worked with the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (NCHAV) to develop and implement a diverse research agenda emphasizing homelessness prevention, interventions to prevent and end homelessness among high-need Veterans, and the demography, epidemiology, and services utilization of Veterans experiencing homelessness. She has extensive experience using VA administrative data sources to address her primary research interests: identifying homelessness and risk among Veterans seeking healthcare, assessing interventions intended to mitigate this risk, and studying vulnerable populations and related health disparities. Her work focuses largely on addressing social determinants of health—including housing instability, gender, violence, rurality, employment, and justice involvement—to improve the health of Veterans.  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. Read More

Note: This workshop has limited capacity. If you are unable to enroll, the course might be full. This is an online, interactive workshop on February 23, 2023 from 8:45am-12pm ET. Participants will use Zoom to join with both video and audio. This workshop is sponsored by The Region IV Public Health Training Center.   Training Description: “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins In an environment where the stakes are high such as in public health, how leaders develop their teams makes all the difference in long-term success. Positive relationships between leaders, emerging leaders and team members can be transformational. The result is a team competent, confident, and optimistic about their potential and contribution to the vision and goals of an organization.  Thus, leaders who employ strategic human resource management contribute to this transformation.  Such practices can include but are not limited to strategic selection, appraisal, and development of team members.  This collaborative learning experience is designed for new and experienced leaders to reflect on and recharge their leadership development skills for the mutual benefit of their most valuable resources and the organization. About the Trainer: Nina M. Johnson, LMSW, APTD, has 15 consecutive years of professional experience in learning and talent development for communities, not-for-profit organizations, and government municipalities.  As a skilled communicator, Nina has a history of implementing innovative programs focused on learner needs and performance enhancement.  Utilizing her experience as a social worker, Nina employs exceptional relationship-building skills to connect with communities and clients with honor and respect to design and implement learning and leadership initiatives that are reflective of the needs and capacity of the community. Much of Nina’s work encourages and empowers leaders and potential leaders to access vulnerability, hope, and authenticity as leadership tools.  It is through the aforementioned experiences and leadership qualities, Nina displays her ability to harness the power of human connection to accelerate leadership potential and social change.  As a learning and leadership consultant, Nina develops, delivers, and evaluates leadership development programming and trainings for communities, organizations, and individuals. Nina’s successes include revitalizing agency learning and development programs resulting in an 80% increase in agency compliance, tackling several high visibility projects, implementing operational structure, along with developing and delivering learning content for a myriad of audiences.  In addition to establishing transformative learning programs, Nina contributes to organizational cultures by championing initiatives to boost belonging and diversity.   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 $4,404,138.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a lecture held on February 25, 2014. Training Overview This presentation will focus on immunization in Georgia.  Dr. Patrick O’Neal, Director of Health Protection in the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Mr. Steve Mitchell, Georgia Immunization Director with DPH will provide an overview of the value of immunization for community resilience and efforts by DPH to improve vaccine coverage statewide, particularly in those ages 3 and under.   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 emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer J. Patrick O’Neal, MD, and Steve Mitchell, MPH Over the years Dr. O'Neal's role has expanded and currently he is functioning as the Director of Health Protection in the Georgia Department of Public Health.  He has oversight responsibility for EMS, Trauma, Injury Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Epidemiology, the Georgia Public Health Laboratories, Environmental Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunizations, Refugee Health, Public Health Volunteer Programs, and the Office of Pharmacy. Steve Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Morehouse College and a Master in Public Health from Mercer University School of Medicine.  Previously, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and was the Public Health Flight Commander for Patrick Air Force Base located in Melbourne, Florida.  As Flight Commander, he was responsible for all aspects of preventive medicine which included:  Immunizations, Deployment Medicine, Communicable Disease, Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety. 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. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on January 11, 2021. Training Overview Child sexual abuse prevention starts with knowledge and awareness of the problem. This webinar provides professionals who work with children and families with an overview of the issue as well as tools and strategies to create safer environments for children in both a professional and personal setting. The webinar will cover practical actions adults can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities, and will give participants information about evidence-informed training programs available to deepen knowledge and enhance skill building to prepare adults to speak up and prevent sex abuse. 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 emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer Tiffany Sawyer, Director of Prevention Services Tiffany Sawyer joined the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy as the Director of Prevention Services in 2006.  In her capacity at the Georgia Center, Tiffany oversees the Center’s statewide abuse and exploitation prevention initiative, which has trained over 150,000 adults.  Prior to her work in Georgia, Tiffany worked at Darkness to Light where she assisted in the creation of the Stewards of Children training curriculum and helped to launch the program on national and international levels.  She continues to serve as a curricula advisor and featured program expert for Darkness to Light through their Stewards of Children training video and other training modules. Sawyer served as the 2019 President of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and continues to serve on the Executive Committee.  She was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in August 2014 to serve on the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel as the Prevention Specialist. 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. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a lecture held on July 26, 2012. Training Overview Each year, billions of U.S. tax dollars are spent on research and hundreds of billions are spent on service delivery programs. However, relatively little is spent on, or known about, how best to ensure that the lessons learned from research inform and improve the quality of health and human services and the availability and utilization of evidence-based approaches. In the context of increased interest and investment in comparative effectiveness research that will help to determine the optimal and/or most cost-effective interventions to be used in clinical and community healthcare practice, it is essential that both clinical and public health practitioners are equipped with empirically-supported strategies to integrate scientific knowledge and effective interventions into everyday use. The National Institutes of Health have recognized that closing the gap between research discovery and program delivery is both a complex challenge and an absolute necessity if we are to ensure that all populations benefit from the Nation’s investments in new scientific discoveries. This lecture will focus on approaches to moving research into public health practice and policy. With an understanding of the importance of implementation science, challenges for improving efficient and meaningful translation will be discussed and dissemination and implementation frameworks will be highlighted along with examples and useful tools for both researchers and public health practitioners. 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 emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer Cynthia Vinson, MPA In her current position she works on building and sustaining the field of implementation science in order to enhance the integration of evidence-based guidelines, programs, and policies for cancer control in public health and clinical practice. She is responsible for working both within NCI and with other agencies and organizations at the international, national, state and local level to translate research funded by DCCPS into practice. In this capacity she has worked to develop and implement the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools) web portal, the Research-tested Interventions Program website and the new Research to Reality community of practice in the US. Working collaboratively with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer she has been able to facilitate the development of a Canadian version of the Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.. Prior to her work at NCI she worked as a health education volunteer for the Peace Corps in Gabon, Central Africa. 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. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on July 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). More than ever, public health needs to clearly convey priority messages and policies to the public through mass media. This webinar will share concepts and tools that are useful whether you have a direct role in speaking to the media or assist public health teams that present priorities, talking points, and data to those directly representing public health in the media. 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 emoryphtc@emory.edu. About the Trainer John’s work has spanned nonprofits, government agencies and private business. Today, he leads the partnership and public affairs efforts of the NACDD, a 7,000 member public health nonprofit comprised of state and territorial health department employees working in prevention and control.    For the last four years, John has worked with CDC to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program which has included work with media and technology companies to create disease prevention and awareness campaigns and tools.   He received his degree in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware, including media studies at the City of London Polytechnic.  He later completed a fellowship at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. and led his own communications and marketing firms for over 15 years. 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. Read More

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