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Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on November 11, 2020. Training Overview During the COVID-19 pandemic, long-standing systemic health and social inequities have been exposed and increased the risk of COVID-19 for certain populations. During this webinar we will discuss how systemic racism has historically prevented Latinx communities from accessing healthcare and other economic opportunities. We will discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on the Latinx community and how we must look at the systemic issue of race and health disparities as we move forward. 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 Trainers Dr. Valeria Cantos was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She completed her medical school in Ecuador, then she moved to Atlanta for her Internal Medicine residency at Emory University. After acting as a year as a Chief Resident, she completed her Infectious Disease fellowship at Emory. She is now an Assistant Professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University, and an attending physician at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University Hospital, and the Grady Infectious Disease Clinic (IDP). Dr. Paulina Rebolledo was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She completed Internal Medicine specialty, Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology fellowship at Emory University as well as Masters in Clinical Research. She currently holds dual appointments in the Division of Infectious Disease and Department of Global Health at Emory University and is an attending physician at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Grady Infectious Disease Clinic (IDP).  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 in 2013. Training Overview Looking at public health from a business perspective is vital, particularly in this uncertain economic time. Join us for an enlightening discussion on public health business planning with Dr. Stephen Orton. Dr. Orton will provide an overview of public health business planning, including the value of applying business principles to public health, key elements of a strong business plan and case studies where public health agencies/departments have developed successful business plans. The Models of Excellence lecture series highlights current public health issues or topics. The goal of the series is to explore the connection between innovation and public health practice as well as identify ways in which public health practitioners and health science faculty can facilitate the translation of innovation into practice.  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 Dr. Stephen Orton, co-author of Public Health Business Planning: A Practical Guide and Deputy Director, Executive Education, with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill.  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 in 2011. Training Overview The Georgia Meth Project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. Central to the program is a research-based marketing campaign that graphically communicates the risks of Meth use. The Meth Project has been repeatedly cited as a powerful private-sector response to a devastating social problem and was recognized by the White House as one of the nation’s most effective prevention programs. The Georgia Meth Project activities increase awareness of the critical nature of the Meth problem, influencing and escalating public dialogue to find solutions. Coordinating closely with local, state, and federal agencies, the Georgia Meth Project organizes a broad range of community outreach programs that mobilize communities across Georgia to assist in Meth awareness and prevention activities. This lecture will focus on the current state of methamphetamine use in Georgia, the Meth Project model, strategies and partners, and insights that might be incorporated into contemporary public health practice, training and education. 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 Jim Langford Jim Langford, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Georgia Prevention Project (GPP, formerly the Georgia Meth Project), brings many years of business, public service and nonprofit experience to the organization. He has been appointed by five Georgia governors to a variety of commissions and boards in the state. He also is the founder of multiple other nonprofit organizations and initiatives. 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 20, 2017. Training Overview This webinar recording introduces the audience to the national dialogue about public health and healthcare system integration. For the last several years, there has been an ongoing national dialogue about the need for improved coordination and integration between public health and the healthcare delivery system. With improved collaboration between these two entities, expectations are that population health objectives can be more effectively met, quality of care and services can be refined, and costs could decrease. In recent years, infectious diseases have been at the forefront of the public health portfolio and have helped demonstrate the significant need to strengthen the collaboration between public health and healthcare. 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 Previously, Dr. Montero served as VP of Population Health and Health System Integration at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, where he helped the healthcare system advance its population health strategy. For seven years, he served as director of the Division of Public Health Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. In that role, he led the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based services and prompt response to public health threats and emerging issues in the state. In New Hampshire, he also served as chief of New Hampshire’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, deputy director for public health emergency preparedness and response, and state epidemiologist. Dr. Montero holds a medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He also holds an epidemiology degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and a master’s degree in healthcare delivery science from Dartmouth College. 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 27, 2020. Training Overview This webinar will explore the role of stigma and how it interacts with the disease of addiction. Addiction is a chronic medical condition characterized by relapses and remissions that is often misunderstood, unrecognized and seldom appropriately treated. We shall examine stigma from three perspectives. First at the level of the individual, where the shame and guilt of addiction keeps the person suffering from a substance use disorder from self-identifying as in need of treatment and appropriately accessing resources. Second, at the level of the family and friends, stigma can prevent advocating for their loved ones as well as keeps the patient in the shadows. And finally at the level of the society stigma may lead to failure in effective treatment policy, denial of services, discrimination and marginalization of our patients.  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 Navjyot Bedi, MD is the Medical Director and Senior Addiction Psychiatrist at Talbott Recovery in Atlanta, Georgia. He started at Talbott back in 2006 as a Staff Addiction Psychiatrist. Since that time, he has been a valuable part of the treatment team in the addiction/co-occurring psychiatric disorders treatment programs at Talbott Recovery, and particularly with the Professionals Program. He obtained his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi where he also completed his internship and residency. He completed psychotherapy training at the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.  He then completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry.  Subsequently he became a Fellow in Addiction Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  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 February 4, 2016. Training Overview According to the CDC, "in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes." Since then, active Zika infections have been identified in Central America and the Caribbean. Cherie Drenzek, DVM, MS, State Epidemiologist, Georgia Department of Public Health will provide an overview of the Zika virus and its spread, including, what it is, how it's transmitted and who it affects. Dr. Drenzek will also discuss how to protect against Zika and how health departments can prepare to recognize, manage and report Zika infections and communicate prevention measure to the public. 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 Dr. Cherie Drenzek grew up in Detroit, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her Master’s degree in Food Microbiology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 1995; the same year, she entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service program at CDC and was stationed in the Rabies Section. Following EIS, Cherie was employed as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. 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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