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Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on May 13, 2020. Training Overview This webinar was recorded live on May 13, 2020. In this presentation, we will discuss how models predict viral spread including the spread of COVID-19 as well as the impact it has on the community. We will review three modeling strategies used to model viral spread and how assumptions in models impact decisions made from various model outputs. We will also explore how models are used in public health policy to control infectious disease spread.  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. Suzanne Judd is the Director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She received her MPH in Epidemiology and PhD in Nutrition Sciences from Emory University where she led two vitamin D clinical trials.  Dr. Judd is multiple PI on both the REGARDS and RURAL cohort studies and has worked with cohort studies in France through the Fulbright Scholar Program.  Dr. Judd’s research focuses on the role of diet and the environment as mediators of racial disparities in the risk of hypertension, kidney disease, and stroke. 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 29, 2018. Training Overview In order to address the opioid misuse crisis, public health needs examples of prevention strategies at multiple levels from opioid tapering to bio-psycho-social-spiritual approaches to manage chronic pain. This webinar will describe ways to assist in determining if an opioid taper is appropriate for a given patient, in performing the taper, and in incorporating whole health strategies into a new care plan. Additionally, we will discuss the creation process and outcomes of the Empower Veterans Program developed at the Atlanta VA which engages an interdisciplinary team to deliver an integrated, intensive, self-care training program for restor 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 Adimu has specialized experience in developing, administrating, and evaluating community health interventions designed to improve chronic care management practices and prevention strategies. Ms. Adimu provides technical assistance to grantees of the Health Resources and Services Administration including program and partnership development, evaluation design, and sustainability planning. She also provides technical assistance to selected sites participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing. As a community coach for Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE), she mentors community collaboratives that are implementing programs designed to achieve improved health and well-being of people, populations, and the community. She also works on a team established to assist Regional Health Ministries of the Trinity Health in attaining excellence in population health. 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 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 emoryphtc@emory.edu. 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. Read More

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on December 12, 2020. Training Overview Vaccine refusal or delay has substantial public health implications. During this webinar, we will discuss vaccine hesitancy among African American communities. We will discuss the history of vaccine hesitancy and how we can build trust in the African American community to increase vaccine uptake. 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 Sarah Schillie, MD, MPH, MBA is the Team Lead for the Education Team within CDC’s Immunization Services Division.  She has been with CDC for 13 years.  Dr. Schillie is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatrics residency training at Pennsylvania State University and her preventive medicine residency training at SUNY-Stony Brook.  She received her MPH from Columbia University and her MBA from Long Island University.  Dr. Schillie’s public health career began as the Director of Performance Improvement for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in New York. Jeffrey E. Hall, Ph.D., MA, MSPH serves as the Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) and the Chief, Minority Health and Health Equity (MHHE) team, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with key involvement in substantive health matters and in health policy and program development.  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 June 3, 2019. Training Overview This webinar will describe recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, explore trends in national vaccination rates, and discuss challenges in vaccination. The webinar also describes findings from CDC audience research, tips for communicating with parents, and CDC resources for healthcare professional education and parent 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 Dr. Robinson received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She completed a General Academic Pediatrics fellowship at Vanderbilt University, during which she obtained her Masters of Public Health. She began her public health career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer assigned to Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health. She is currently a medical officer in the Immunization Services Division, within CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).  In her current position, she serves as the CDC lead for the Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule Work Group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and provides immunization education to providers.  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 28, 2014. Training Overview The epidemic of obesity is profound in our state and across the nation. Obesity is one of the Georgia Department of Public Health's top health priorities. This presentation will speak to obesity prevention strategies, best practices and related initiatives at both the national and state level. Data sources and programmatic resources will be presented at both levels as well.  A group whose numbers of obese are rapidly increasing is our youth. Georgia's youth fitness and health data will be presented, and some of the state initiatives built around this alarming data will be promoted and discussed. Over the last few years, a combined effort between public and private organizations has led to some successful initiatives. The vital relationships that have been built across Georgia in pursuing and implementing so much of the obesity prevention work will be communicated, as well as Georgia's long term strategic goals and objectives around childhood obesity.  Captain Heidi Michels Blanck, M.S., Ph.D., CDC’s Chief of the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity will present the national nutrition, physical activity, and obesity perspective (www.cdc.gov/obesity). Emily Anne Vall, M.A., Ph.D., Obesity Project Manager, Georgia Department of Public Health will present on Georgia's obesity initiatives. 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. Blanck oversees monitoring of state obesity prevalence and key behavioral, environmental and policy supports for healthy eating and active living. She leads work on applied research, and guidelines development including topics of BMI and behaviors. Her work focuses on population-level changes in environments and policies across multiple settings with attention to improving health equity. She received her PhD from Emory University where she serves as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Vall's areas of expertise include the Behavior Change Theory and Childhood Obesity. She currently manages the Governor’s SHAPE initiative under Commissioner Fitzgerald at the GA Department of Public Health. She provides leadership in the management and coordination of this statewide, multiagency, multidimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic, and business communities to address childhood obesity. Dr. Vall received her PhD from the University of South Carolina. 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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