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Flourishing through Adversity: How Can Stress and Emotional Experiences Make Us Resilient and Avoid Burnout

Course Objective

  • Understand the relationships among stress, emotions, burnout, and health. 
  • Measure and monitor one’s “positivity ratio” and explain the implications of these scores. 
  • Identify and apply effective strategies to cope with stress, reduce negative emotional experiences, prevent burnout, and promote resilience. 

Date: February 6, 2024

Presenters:
Christian Gloria, PhD, MA, CHES.
Associate Professor & Deputy Chair, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Director, MPH Certificate in Health Promotion Research & Practice, Principal Investigator Region 2 Public Health Training Center, Board Member, New York State Public Health Association


How do you handle stress and stressors at work, school, and life? This session presented current research in positive psychology, emotionality, and health. Dr. Gloria discussed how experiences of certain emotions affect our abilities to cope with stress, and their influences on our mental and physical health. During this talk, audience members participated in an exercise to score their own stressors and emotional experiences, and learned the implications of their results. The session then concluded with recommendations on how to reduce stress, increase positivity, improve coping, be happier, be healthier, and be able to flourish at work, school, and in life. 

Enumerating and Understanding New York’s Local Public Health Workforce

Course Objective

  • Communicate the methods used for enumerating the local public health workforce in New York State and present enumeration study results.
  • Describe the value of conducting public health workforce enumeration to inform public health practice and strategic workforce planning. 
  • Offer practical insights and best practices derived from the study as guidance for learners interested in conducting similar enumeration studies in other settings. 

Date: January 9, 2024

Presenters:
Molly Fleming, MPH
Senior Program Manager, New York State Association of County Health Officials

Isaac Michaels, MPH
Program Director, Research Science, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and DrPH Student at University at Albany School of Public Health


Molly Fleming and Isaac Michaels presented their findings from an enumeration study of local health departments in New York State. The presenters began by sharing the study background and methods, including collaborative efforts between academia and public health practice. They then summarized the findings of the study and changes in the workforce resulting from the impact of COVID-19. They went on to discuss successes, lessons learned, and next steps including continued assessment. They conclude with recommendations for working with public health schools as a pipeline to the public health workforce, the need for advocacy and civil service reform, and continued flexible sustainable funding. 

Mental Health in Rural New York: Findings and Implications of a Listening Tour with Residents and Professionals

Course Objective

  • Describe how rural communities are disproportionately affected by suicide 
  • Identify at least two factors that are unique to rural areas that increases risk for suicide 
  • Provide at least three recommendations for preventing suicide in rural communities 

Date: December 5, 2023

Presenter:

Brett Harris, DrPH
Senior Research Scientist, NORC, University of Chicago
Clinical Associate Professor , University at Albany School of Public Health
President, New York State Public Health Association

Katie Gallant, MSW
Senior Research Associate, NORC, University of Chicago


Brett Harris and Katie Gallant presented their findings from a listening tour that explores how rural areas in New York State are disporportionately impacted by suicide. The presenters began by sharing background suicide data and factors that increase risk. They then explained the development of their listening tour research. They explained the themes that emerged from the thematic qualitative analysis of the interviews. The conclude with recommendations for solutions that stemmed from the listening tour.   

Building Skills for Public Health Leaders: Lessons Learned from the Advancing Leadership in Times of Crisis Program

Course Objective

  • Understand the basic components of the Advancing Leadership in Times of Crisis program, developed by Impactivo for the R2PHTC 
  • Identify best practices that have contributed to the success of the program in increasing the leadership and public health competencies of participants 
  • Articulate how adaptive leadership principles can be applied to address public health emergencies and context-specific challenges 

Date: November 14, 2023

Presenter:
María Fernanda Levis, MPH, MPA, PCMH-CCE, CFRE
Founder & CEO, Impactivo

Bekah Curtis-Heald, MSc
Partnerships Lead,
Impactivo
 


Maria Fernanda Levis, MPH, MPA and Bekah Curtis-Heald, MSc of Impactivo presented on the organization’s Advancing Leadership in Times of Crisis program, which was developed by Impactivo for the R2PHTC. They shared the fundamentals of the program, focusing on how adaptive leadership principles were applied to create the program, which equips public health leaders in Puerto Rico with the skills to manage public health emergencies and other challenges. They also shared best practices which have contributed to the success of the ALTC program to date and ways in which the program has evolved through a continuous quality improvement process. 

Navigating the path to a culture of healing: How trauma-informed care provides a blueprint for the well-being of public health professionals and the communities they serve

Course Objective

  • Understand the increasing and universal need for trauma-informed care and communication
  • Identify the linkage between trauma and adverse health outcomes
  • Articulate the underlying principles of trauma-informed care

Date: October 3, 2023

Presenter:
Carina Schmid, MPH
Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Trauma-informed coach and resonant healing practitioner


Ms. Schmid discusses how trauma-informed care provides a basis for public health professionals and the communities they serve. Trauma-informed care and communication have become increasingly crucial for public health professionals, driven by the substantial impact and prevalence of trauma within individuals, communities, and populations — including the professionals themselves. This webinar serves as an introduction to the realm of trauma-informed care, encompassing essential concepts, the intricate connection between trauma and adverse health outcomes, and the guiding principles of trauma-informed practice. Together, we get a taste of the journey that shifts our perspective from asking, “What is wrong with you?” (or me, or them) to understanding, “What happened to you?” (or me, or us).

The Swag Deficit: How and Why Public Health Sucks All The Fun Out of Everything

Course Objective

  • Understand primary gaps and weaknesses in how public health presents itself and engages communities
  • Define and discuss “swag deficit” at a barbeque or cocktail party
  • Identify ways to develop a swag surplus or make your public health organization swag neutral

Date: September 5, 2023

Presenter:
Jerel Ezell, PhD MPH
Director of Cornell Center for Cultural Humility
Assistant Professor in General Medicine
Weill Cornell University


Jerel Ezell presents on the importance of “swag” and what that means in the context of public health departments working to build a stronger public presence. He begins by describing three primary factors that contribute to a “swag deficit”. Ezell goes on to discuss approaches for engaging with communities. He ends by suggesting implications for practice and next steps.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand primary gaps and weaknesses in how public health presents itself and engages communities
  • Define and discuss “swag deficit” at a barbeque or cocktail party 
  • Identify ways to develop a swag surplus or make your public health organization swag neutral
Climate Change: Using Technical and Adaptive Leadership to Identify and Address Extreme Heat

Course Objectives

  • Identify technical vs. adaptive challenges related to climate change
  • Assess, frame, and take action to address the climate change problem using data and evidence
  • Discuss the applicability of adaptive leadership to address the health impacts of climate change
  • Identify barriers to creating effective messages and media campaigns
  • Identify technical vs. adaptive challenges related to climate change

Date: July 1, 2023


Climate change can contribute to disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating locally and elsewhere. The health effects of these disruptions can be severe.

As climate change continues, some existing health threats will intensify and new health threats will emerge. Effective leadership in public health can take steps to lessen these impacts on the populace.

This self-paced module course will focus on how local health departments can take action to adapt to the health impacts of climate change such as rising temperatures, using principles of adaptive leadership.

Participants will learn to:

  1. Describe roles that local health departments can play to address the health impacts of climate change.
  2. Assess, frame, and take action to address the climate change problem using data and evidence.
  3. Define adaptive leadership and adaptive leadership behaviors.
  4. Discuss the applicability of adaptive leadership to address the health impacts of climate change.
  5. Identify technical vs. adaptive challenges related to climate change.
A Systems Approach to Reduce Gun Violence

Course Objective

  • Discuss the public health approach to addressing gun violence
  • Discuss the applicability of systems thinking to address gun violence
  • Describe the roles that local public health agencies can play to address gun violence, including supporting gun safety

Date: July 1, 2023

Gun violence is a major public health issue causing significant death, injuries and years of life lost. Gun violence and gun safety are complex public health problems and challenges that can benefit from a systems-thinking approach. This self-paced module course will focus on how local health departments can take action to address gun violence in their communities. The course describes two examples of how different counties in the state are applying the public health approach to gun violence in their communities and using systems thinking to help define the problem and identify risk factors and areas to intervene.

Recruitment and Retention in Public Health

Course Objectives

  • List the six steps in the recruitment process
  • List tools you can use to prioritize the positions you need to fill
  • Describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of each step of the recruitment and retention process
  • Explain the importance of a well-written job description, and how a description is different from a job posting or job advertisement
  • Describe the basics of recruitment marketing and employer branding
  • Identify at least three potential partners for developing recruitment partnerships
  • Explain how to improve communications with job candidates
  • List key elements of onboarding and retention

Date: July 1, 2023


In this self-paced module course, Dr. Heather Krasna, Associate Dean, Career Services and Professional Development at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, provides a crash course on recruitment and retention of new hires, from start to finish.

Confronting Barriers to Vaccine Acceptance: Create Effective Communication Using Behavioral Science

Course Objective

  • Describe vaccine hesitancy/vaccine confidence and why it is an important public health issue
  • Define behavioral science
  • Apply the Health Belief Model (HBM) to design vaccine messaging
  • Describe approaches to using behavioral science to combat misinformation about vaccines and build trust and confidence in vaccines and health care providers
  • Explain how these principles apply to current public health challenges that are described in case studies, including flu, COVID, and childhood vaccines

Date: June 30, 2023


This self-paced module course outlines how to confront barriers to vaccine acceptance by creating effective communication using behavioral science, health literacy, and techniques to combat misinformation. It provides an introduction to the key tools from each of those fields, then instructs on the five-step process of developing vaccine communications. It includes case studies to show how these principles have been applied in a real-world setting. This course is appropriate for anyone communicating about vaccination, from healthcare workers in one-on-one communications to public health promotion specialists developing full communication campaigns.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center