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Responding to Risk: Understanding Why We Do What We Do and What to Say When It Really Counts Note: This is a recording from the live webinar held on August 16, 2023. Training Overview: People are predictable. Unfortunately, the world around us rarely is as easy to predict or understand. Public health professionals are called on to respond to scary, unknown, urgent, and important issues every day in big and small ways. Learning strategies for risk communication can make this work a little bit easier and a lot more effective. This webinar introduces basic concepts of risk communication as well as the critical principles of how to communicate during an outbreak, crisis or emergency situation.  This training also provides insights into how and why people respond to risk, and helps participants understand the mental shortcuts that are common responses to hazards, risks, and threats. Practical tips are presented throughout to help participants gain skills in assessing and responding to their individual situations in their communities.   About the Trainer Dr. Cynthia Jorgensen is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, with joint appointments in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences and the Executive MPH Program. Dr. Jorgensen recently retired from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she was the Associate Director for Communication, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. In this role, she oversaw the communications efforts for a variety of vaccine-preventable and respiratory diseases and was actively engaged in CDC’s COVID-19 response. While at CDC for more than 30 years, Dr. Jorgensen applied her expertise in behavioral science and health communications to the development and implementation of several award-winning campaigns in hepatitis, cancer, genomics, and HIV/AIDS. Cynthia has held numerous leadership positions, including Chair of CDC’s Behavior and Social Sciences Working Group (BSSWG) and President of the National Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Cynthia received her doctoral degree in Health Behavior and Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA/MA in Health Communications from Boston University. 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. 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 September 2, 2020. Training Overview This webinar will focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Black community and discuss how stigma, disease prevention & awareness, and access to care & treatment play a pivotal role in elimination of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the national, state, and local level.    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 Mrs. Kiara Dale-Adenola currently serves as Chairwoman for the Black Treatment Advocates Network of Big Bend. The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) is a national network of HIV/AIDS stakeholders including providers, community members and leaders, educators, and people living with HIV/AIDS, who mobilize Black communities across the country to confront HIV. The Black AIDS Institute provides technical assistance to the BTAN chapters in various forms including content development and provision. 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 May 6, 2019. Training Overview The federal government is launching an initiative to end the HIV epidemic by 1) increasing the number of US Americans who know their current HIV status,  2) increasing the number of US Americans with HIV infection who are effectively treated and have sustained viral suppression, and 3) rapid expansion and reduced racial/ethnic disparities in PrEP provision to the estimated 1.2 million US American with sexual and injection behaviors that place them as substantial risk of HIV acquisition. This webinar will discuss what PrEP is, indicators for its use and how health departments can support its expansion and effective use. 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 Dawn K. Smith, MD, MPH, MS is the Biomedical Interventions Implementation Activity Lead in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She and conducts activities supporting the implementation of daily, oral, antiretroviral preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other biomedical interventions to reduce rates of new HIV infections in the US, including the development of PHS clinical practice guidelines for PrEP. She spent 4 years as the associate director for HIV research at the CDC field station in Botswana where she established clinical trial infrastructure with integrated sociobehavioral research and initiated PrEP trials. Dr. Smith has served on scientific committees and review panels for WHO, UNAIDS, NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, the NIH Office of AIDS Research, and the Institute of Medicine. She serves on a CDC IRB and on a DSMB for the Canadian Center for Vaccinology. 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 March 14, 2016. Training Overview Leaders at all organizational levels assume many roles in establishing consensus, setting strategic direction, and motivating performance. One of the most important roles a leader plays is shaping the organizational culture. This webinar will introduce public health professionals to the essential tasks of effective leaders and highlight leaders' behaviors, attitudes and values that shape an adaptive organizational culture. Participants will also learn about principles and strategies for helping an organization become less bureaucratic and more adaptive.  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 Peter M. Ginter, Ph.D., is professor of strategic management and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the UAB School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Ginter is the Director and PI of the Alabama-Mississippi Local Planning Site (LPS) of the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC). Dr. Ginter is active in research in strategic management, leadership, and health care organizations. He is the author or co-author of 16 books including Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations, 7th ed. (2013) with Duncan and Swayne and Public Health Leadership and Management: Context and Cases (2002) with Capper and Swayne. Peter has published more than 150 articles, papers, and cases. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.  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

Show Me the Money! Effective Strategies for Identifying and Writing Winning Grants Note: This is a recording of a live webinar held on May 19, 2023, from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm ET.  Training Overview: Public health practice depends on funding to function. This training focuses on understanding, identifying, and securing funding to meet your organizations’ strategic needs. Strategic grant writing aligns the needs of organizations with funding sources, whether foundations, government agencies, corporations, or individuals. This webinar offers an introductory-level guide to the basics of strategic grant writing and how to successfully identify, plan, and write winning grants. It also outlines the components included in every grant proposal and highlights grant writing best practices, tips, tools, and resources to support your grant writing efforts. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Region IV Public Health Training Center and Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory. About the Trainer Tom Stevenson is a freelance grant writer and consultant with a 14-year record of success in winning federal, corporate, and foundation funding for nonprofit organizations at the state and local levels. He has extensive experience working with diverse community organizations including Youth Empowerment Project, Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, Odyssey House Louisiana, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans, Acadiana, Center Point, Inc. in San Rafael, CA, and other award-winning nonprofit organizations. With his expertise in completing strategic prospect research, writing compelling proposal language, strategic program planning, and data collection, Tom has won more than $17M in winning grants for local organizations and nonprofit clients. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from Loyola University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and currently resides in the New Orleans, LA area. 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. 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 12, 2018. 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 Adam F. Graham is the new regional director for the Society of St. Andrew in Georgia, an organization that brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. He moved to the Atlanta area when his wife accepted a position at a Midtown church this past March. Though originally from a farm on the Tennessee/Alabama border, he lived the past thirteen years in Nashville where he earned his undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University and the Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He then spent four years working at Urban Housing Solutions, Nashville’s largest non-profit provider of affordable housing, where he coordinated the housing process for its homelessness programs. He also served as a board member for the Nashville Coalition for the Homeless and the Coordinated Entry and Membership committees of the Nashville/Davidson County Continuum of Care.  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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