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Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on December 18, 2017. Training Overview This webinar will describe East Tennessee State University’s efforts to curb the opioid epidemic along the continuum of addiction. ETSU’s Academic Health Science Center has engaged multiple constituents to conduct federally funded research, community based practice and more importantly, to foster cross-sector engagement and education. The team hosts monthly meetings to facilitate partnerships across sectors with multiple aims. These aims include regional health improvement, research capacity development and community outreach. 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 Nick Hagemeier and Robert Pack Dr. Hagemeier earned a PharmD, MS, and PhD from Purdue University. With 9 years in community pharmacy settings, he is PI for a prescription drug abuse communication project.  He is Research Director of the Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Director of a Pharmacy Practice Research Fellowship. He’s obtained $2.3+M to conduct prescription drug abuse research. He received the 2016 TN Pharmacists Association GenerationRx Champions Award for engaging community pharmacists in prescription drug abuse prevention. Dr. Pack is PI of the NIH/NIDA-funded Diversity Promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program, including a set of studies titled Inter-professional Communication to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse.  He trained in health education/promotion at the UAB SPH, did a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory Rollins SPH. He completed the NIH-funded Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in 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 April 16, 2016. Training Overview As the nation continues to become increasingly diverse, public health professionals and health care providers must become culturally competent in their knowledge, development and implementation of practices informed by differing cultures, beliefs and attitudes. The social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients, and the community at large, are critical in ensuring positive health outcomes, particularly for the nation’s poor and underserved. Participants will learn about significant disparate health factors that contribute to the need for cultural competence in the health workforce, identify barriers and challenges in developing, implementing, and sustaining a cultural competent environment, and understand principles, strategies, and best practices for the development of a culturally competent public health and health care workforce. 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 M. Owens Harris, PhD, DABT Dr. Cynthia M. Harris is Director and Professor of the Institute of Public Health of Florida A&M University. Dr. Harris holds a BA (Honors) in Biology and an MA in Genetics from the Univ. of Kansas, as well as PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College with concentration in the areas of nutritional biochemistry and toxicology. Dr. Harris was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the Interdisciplinary Programs in Health of the Harvard SPH. From 1990-1996, Dr. Harris served as a staff toxicologist and branch chief of the Community Health Branch at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, where she was the first African American branch chief at ATSDR. Since her tenure at FAMU, she has been actively engaged in the general planning and development of the public health program. FAMU is the only HBCU that now also offers the MPH degree online. Dr. Harris is the Director of the FL Local Performance Site of the R-IV PHTC. 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 12, 2017. Training Overview In order to strive to eliminate health disparities, public health practitioners must go beyond cultural competency which is part of the process rather than an end goal. This webinar will discuss concepts of cultural humility such as maintaining a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and self-critique, helping fix power imbalances where none ought to exist, and striving to develop partnerships with people and groups who advocate for others. Dr. Murray-Garcia will also share practical tools and resources to promote positive change through leadership and systems-level partnerships in communities to eliminate health disparities. 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 Jann Murray-García, MD, MPH, is a founding faculty member and assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California, Davis. With Melanie Tervalon, Murray-García coined and developed the concept of Cultural Humility in her most-oft cited publication, “Cultural Humility versus Cultural Competency: A Critical Distinction in Defining Physician Training Outcomes in Multicultural Education” (Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved). Dr. Murray-García teaches nurses in the master’s-degree Community Connections course about systems-level leadership. A pediatrician, she received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, medical degree from UCSF, and master’s degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Her publications on race, health care and child development have appeared in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Care, and Academic 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

Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on September 16, 2021. Which data and tools can help us determine patterns of unfair differences and drive equitable solutions? This presentation will introduce a range of actionable tools, applied nationally to indicate vulnerability at the nexus of climate change, health, and equity. Equity is deeply connected to all health issues, and climate risks are exacerbating these problems. How can we promote interventions which maximize co-benefits and holistically foster well-being?   This session will explore socioeconomic risks and correlate them to disaster risk. Are there links between flood risk hotspots and other geographic factors which exacerbate disadvantaged communities? Where are there vulnerable populations located in high storm surge zones?  Households with severe cost burden are less likely to have savings to prepare for, stay safe during, and recover from hurricanes and environmental hazards.   With COVID-19 intersecting with hurricane season, we have seen the dramatic interactions and cascading impacts of dual disasters. How can we bring these issues to light and drive positive change in our most susceptible areas? We will share how the Florida and Georgia Hurricane Response Hubs have been promoting data-driven leverage to prioritize resources and support.  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 Keren Bolter, PhD is Arcadis’s Urban and Coastal Resiliency expert. She leads climate change initiatives which focus on communication that translates information to action. Her experience includes creating and teaching about risk mapping tools which foster data-driven decision-making and collaboration. Dr. Bolter’s background in climate research utilizes LIDAR elevation, storm surge, and groundwater data. Her analyses overlay assets, health data, and socioeconomic data to determine the consequences of climate-related shocks and stressors. She has presented her models and research via 2 TEDx talks, and on NBC, PBS, National Geographic and more.   Dr. Bolter conducts benefit cost analyses for pre-disaster mitigation to support funding. Her efforts for funding infrastructure resilience have led the development of successful grant applications that led to a cumulative award total of over $85M.  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 11, 2017. Training Overview This webinar is appropriate for all public health professionals interested in leveraging tools, resources and data to educate policymakers.The webinar is designed to give participants insights, tips and pointers to more effectively educate elected officials, including state legislators and members of Congress. The webinar will address preparation, presentation, and”leave behind” materials. An experienced governmental affairs consultant who advocates for public health priorities, and whose daughter is a current Congressional staffer, will cover essential “Dos and Don’ts” for educating officials about public health issues. 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 Scott Maxwell Scott spent nearly a half-dozen years in Washington, where he served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and the Senate Armed Services Committee. He has also provided media relations and communications training for private corporations as well as employees of the Division of Family and Children Services and UGA’s Small Business Development Centers. His public affairs experience includes service as the Reading Clerk on the floor of the Georgia Senate and as a Public Information Officer assigned to disaster areas by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Scott is the immediate Past-Chairman of the Board for the State YMCA of Georgia. He is an active member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association. He and his wife, Jeanne, have three children, one of whom currently works on health issues as a Congressional staffer. 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 13, 2020. Training Overview The Future of Public Health report, published in 1988, by the Institute of Medicine, highlighted emerging issues and questioned health departments’ infrastructures and capacity to respond. The report revealed a public health system in disarray. Over the years, public health has evolved, and many health concerns have been addressed. Today Public Health 3.0 is positively informing public health practice. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) Upstate Public Health Region and Tennessee Department of Health have both embraced the Public Health 3.0 practice era. This presentation will discuss lessons learned by each of these states and how minor adjustments can lead to stronger cross-sectoral community partnerships. 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 Eric Harkness, Lillie Hall, MPH, and Kandi Fredere, MPH, PhD Eric Harkness holds a degree in public policy and sustainability studies from the University of Tennessee and is currently a Bloomberg Fellow pursuing his MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Lillie Hall has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Minor in Sociology, a Masters in Health Science, a Masters in Public Health and currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health. Kandi Fredere has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, a Masters in Administration and a PHD in Human Services with a concentration in Health Administration. 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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