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Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on March 2, 2020. Training Overview The reach of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to expand beyond where it was first detected in China. As of January 30, 2020, the WHO declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern and as of February 24, 2020 there were 14 positive cases reported in the U.S. This webinar will share information on what the COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted and the current distribution of cases. Participants will learn how to identify the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection and how to report a person under investigation. The webinar will conclude with key prevention and protection strategies as well as communication messages for 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 Carlos del Rio, MD is the Executive Associate Dean for Grady Clinical Affairs and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. del Rio currently holds joint appointments as a professor of Epidemiology and as professor of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and until recently, he was the Hubert Professor and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health at Rollins. He is the Principal Investigator and co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and co-Principal Investigator of the Emory-CDC HIV Clinical Trials Unit. Carlos del Rio is currently appointed as the Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). 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 28, 2020. Training Overview This webinar is co-sponsored by the Alabama Fire College Workplace Safety Training Program and the Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program. The webinar will discuss COVID-19 in pediatric patients specifically focusing on their pre-hospital management with a target audience of first responders. We will review the epidemiology of COVID-19 in pediatrics, assessment and management of pediatric patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, prehospital management of pediatric respiratory emergencies and patients with COVID-19, discuss the emerging illness known at MIS-C, and review prehospital cases of pediatric patients with COVID-19. 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 Shea Duerring, MD, NRP, FAAP, FACEP Dr. Duerring earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed internship and residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Duerring is board certified in general pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and EMS medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and The American College of Emergency Physicians. Currently Dr. Duerring lives in Birmingham where he is an assistant professor in the division of pediatric emergency medicine at UAB and an attending in the Emergency Department at Children’s of Alabama. He also serves as the Assistant State EMS Medical Director for Pediatrics with the Alabama Office of EMS, the Principal Investigator and Medical Director for Alabama EMSC, and is the current president of the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of EMS Physicians. 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 15, 2021. Training Overview During this webinar, we will address a variety of issues facing children and families during the pandemic including risks due to social isolation, virtual schooling, and the added stress on families. It will discuss how to help children adjust to being back to in-person school and stressors they may be experiencing. Resources will be provided to support children and families. 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 and Angie Boy, DrPH Angie Boy, DrPH is the Program Manager for prevention and education at the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of multiple projects related to child abuse and neglect including child sex trafficking, prevention of child sexual abuse, and mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect.   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. 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 2, 2021. Training Overview Many complex and systemic challenges such as racism, the opioid crisis and mental health stand at the root of community health issues. These are challenges that no individual can address alone, and no single solution or intervention will solve. Therefore, the public health workforce needs to have the knowledge and skills to respond adaptively and to engage in multi-sector collaborations and multi-level interventions. Existing public health workforce development models, however, largely address gaps in specific skills or content areas of individual learners and individual competencies. The Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) has developed the Learning Agenda Toolkit to help the public health workforce develop a coordinated system of effective, efficient and quality learning to address complex challenges. The Creating a Learning Agenda for Systems Change: A Toolkit for Building an Adaptive Public Health Workforce includes a conceptual Learning Framework, Rapid Assessment Tool, Discussion Guide, and Learning Approach Planning Tool to help public health leaders and workforce development specialists build a robust Learning Agenda and achieve their vision of systems change. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the Learning Agenda Toolkit and how different Learning Approaches – implemented over time – can be used to build collective competency to address community challenges. The session will also include a discussion of some ways that public health leaders might use the Learning Framework and tools to better align Learning Opportunities to address their communities’ challenges. To download your copy of the Learning Agenda Toolkit, please go to www.publichealthlearningagenda.org. This recording is approximately 60 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 Trainers This webinar will be co-presented by Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH and Karla Todd Barrett, MBA, MSM. Dr. Welter is a policy practitioner, visionary leader, and practice-based researcher committed to helping organizations and their partners co-create equity-focused systems change. Among many roles, she is the Director of the DrPH in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Ms. Todd Barrett is the Senior Program Manager and Training Specialist at the Boston University School of Public Health.  She manages overall operations and partnerships for the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), including training delivery and development, data analysis, and governance.  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 16, 2014. Training Overview Health communication is a critical piece of keeping the public safe during a public health emergency. During this two hour interactive session, the audience will learn the principles behind crisis and emergency risk communication. Because each emergency is different, we will discuss ways to tailor messages for the crisis and emergency risk communication. During times of crisis, developing partnerships with stakeholders to disseminate messages is very important. Participants will learn about ways to develop these relationships for successful health communication. 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 105 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 Molly Gaines-McCollom has also completed two deployments to West Africa for Ebola. She has written, adapted, and disseminated critical health information for a range of audiences, including clinicians, community and faith-based organizations, epidemiologists, international populations, state and territorial health departments, vulnerable populations, and the general public. Prior to her work at CDC, Ms. Gaines-McCollom served over three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa, where she coordinated a center for severely malnourished children and provided technical assistance to the country’s only association of HIV-positive persons. Ms. Gaines-McCollom earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Haverford College, and her Masters of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in post-secondary and adult education. 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 2, 2020. Training Overview Preparing for hurricane season can be stressful especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this webinar, CDC experts will discuss special considerations for general population hurricane shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic and how community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and public health professionals can effectively communicate messages. They will also share hurricane resources and educational materials you can use and distribute within your own communities. 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 Mollie Mahany, MPH and Sabrina Riera, MPH Mollie Mahany, MPH is a Senior Public Health Advisor at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.  Ms. Mahany has over 20 years of experience in disaster risk management, both domestically and abroad.  She has served on more than a dozen technical consultancies for the WHO, and has provides technical assistance to state, territorial and international governments and organizations on a broad range of public health issues including disaster risk reduction,  and emergency management. She is currently supporting the COVID-19 response as the co-lead COVID-19 Environmental Health Task Force and as a member of the CDC Hurricane Planning Workgroup. Sabrina Riera, MPH is a Digital Content Specialist with Tanaq Support Services supporting CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. Since 2016, she has been actively involved in emergency preparedness and response efforts for natural, radiation, and chemical disasters. 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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