February 2016 News and Updates

News & Updates

February 2016
Theme of the Month: Working with Faith-Based Institutions to Promote Health and Address Health Disparities

Upcoming Training Opportunities

from the Region 2 Public Health Training Center

TOMORROW February 19
11am-1pm AT (12-2pm ET)

Enid J. Garcia Rivera, MD, MPH presents,

“Dengue, Chikungunya y Zika: Amenazas para la Salud Publica”
(Spanish-language webinar)

register here
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Ana Abraido-Lanza, PhD presents

“Breast Cancer Screening and other Health Behaviors among Latinas”

Tuesday, March 1, 12-1pm ET

Monday, February 22, 2016
4-5:30 PM ET

Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds“… And in Flew Enza”
Dr. Peter N. Wenger, MD

At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain the virology (e.g., viral structure) of influenza and how it affects its epidemiological profile
    2. Understand the nature and burden of influenza disease both past and present
    3. Recognize the new advances and concepts of influenza immunization and its effectsFull poster
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Olivia A. Wackowski, PhD presents,

“An Overview of e-Cigarette Use, Product Perceptions, Communications and Policy Issues”

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
10:30am – 12:00pm
Participants will learn about the current trends in e-cigarette use, the public’s e-cigarette product perceptions, the proposed FDA regulation of e-cigarettes.

For information on registration, email Colleen Mckay-Wharton: mckaywcm@sph.rutgers.edu.

Related to the Theme of the Month

from other organizations

Public Health and Faith: The Case for Working Together (webinar)
Sponsor: The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
Date: Archived
Presenter: Gary Gunderson, MDiv, DMin, DDiv
Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the different meanings of spirit, spirituality, faith, and religion
  • Explain the structural vocabulary of spirit: congregation, denomination, faith tradition, faith networks and, most critically, “religious health asset”
  • Explain the early outcomes seen in Memphis from connecting hundreds of congregations with the health systems
  • Explain the idea of “mediating social structures” and their operational role in improving access and, eventually, for advancing health

Intended Audience: Directors and managers in public health organizations; directors and managers in community health programs of other health institutions such as hospitals; local, state, and tribal public health practitioners
Watch this archived webinar here

A Community-Based Participatory Approach to a Hepatitis B Intervention for Underserved Korean Americans (webinar)
The National Institutes of Health
Date: Archived
Presenter: Grace X. Ma, PhD
Description: Led by Dr. Ma, researchers at Temple University are collaborating with community and church partners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to reduce the disparities related to incidence rates of Hepatitis B among Asian Americans compared to those of White Americans. Nearly 80% of Korean Americans attend church regularly, making outreach through faith-based institutions a natural strategy for connecting with the community. Dr. Ma’s team worked with 30 Korean churches to develop and test a culturally and linguistically appropriate intervention that provided group education, patient navigation resources, and referrals to bilingual physicians.
Watch the archived webinar here

Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (webinar)
Sponsor: Center for Training and Research Translation
Date: Archived
Presenter: Annie Hardison-Moody
Description: Combining best practices for targeting individual behavior with environmental and policy changes, Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More (FFESMM) educates faith community members about food, physical activity and becoming advocates for healthy policy and environmental changes within their communities.
Watch the archived webinar here

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    • Faith Communities Inspire Good Health – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story: Case study that describes how the North Carolina Division of Public Health partnered with Wake County Human Services, North Carolina’s Eat Smart, Move More, and faith-based communities to address obesity and other chronic diseases among African Americans in Wake County, NC.
    • Smoke-Free Program Blends Faith and Healthy Lifestyle – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story: Case study that describes how the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Region 7 Public Health Office partnered with a local nonprofit organization to implement a program that promotes tobacco-free policies in homes, vehicles, and faith-based settings.
    • Church-Based Health Promotion Interventions: Evidence and Lessons Learned – 2007 article describing the value of health promotion in churches and faith-based organizations.