Press Release



Mikhaila Richards, MS
Communications Strategist
National Network of Public Health Institutes
Direct: 202.609.8836
Fax: 504.301.9820

The Public Health Learning Network Introduces a New Era of Public Health Training

WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2016 — To ensure the nation’s 500,000 public health professionals can respond rapidly to critical and ever-evolving needs, the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) has partnered with the Region 2 Public Health Training Center along with the nation’s nine additional Regional Public Health Training Centers (RPHTCs) and 40 local performance sites (LPS) to develop a unified, national network—the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN).

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the PHLN is the nation’s most comprehensive system of public health educators, experts, and thought leaders. The growing network aims to:

  • Advance public health practice by enabling the sharing of best practices among Public Health Training Centers across the U.S.
  • Improve population health in the United States through skills-based training and ongoing research in communities across the United States, Puerto Rico, S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. territories.
  • Offer high quality, free, adaptable, and easy-to-access training tools available online and in-person.


What is distinct about the PHLN is its long-standing relationship with learners and partner organizations within communities, coupled with a national presence that offers cohesive and rigorous development and delivery of education and knowledge sharing across the country. For more information, visit

About the National Network of Public Health Institutes:
As the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is a collaborative leader and facilitator of the PHLN. To build healthy communities, NNPHI supports the public health workforce, promotes collaboration across sectors, and drives the field towards cutting-edge research and practice. The Public Health Learning Network is supported by HRSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under HRSA-UB6HP27435.

April 2016 News and Updates

News & Updates

April, 2016
Theme of the Month: Adolescents, Obesity and Social Stressors

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Upcoming Training Opportunities

from the Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Friday, April 29, 2016

“Confinement, HIV, and Social Integration”
(Spanish-language webinar)

For more information, please email Josue Rios (

May Log-in2Learn

Caroline Volel, MD, MPH presents

“From Theory to Practice:  School Health Programming as a Public Health Framework for Vulnerable Urban Communities”

Tuesday, May 3, 12-1pm ET


The Region 2 Public Health Training Center is offering a webinar series on topics related to

Public Health and Mental Emotional Behavioral Health

Save the Dates:

  • Family Engagement Tools to Help Support Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs: WED, May 11, 2016 2-3 pm ET register
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Mental Health: WED, June (TBD), 2016 2-3 pm ET
  • Role of Behavioral Health in Medicaid Managed Care: WED, September 14, 2016 9-9:30 am ET

Local Community Collaborations: WED October (TBD), 2016 2-3pm ET

Check out our archived webinars:

Related to the Theme of the Month

from other organizations


Region 10, the Western Regional Public Health Training Center has a wide range of training offerings in the public health content area, “Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.” Click here to explore.


March 2016 News and Updates

News & Updates

March 2016
Theme of the Month: Addressing Health Disparities that affect Latino Communities

Upcoming Training Opportunities

from the Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Carlos Rodriguez

Thursday, March 31
2:30-3:30 pm ET

Carlos E. Rodriguez-Diaz, PhD, MPHE, MCHES presents,

“Los determinantes sociales de la salud: La experiencia en la atencion a la epidemia del VIH en Puerto Rico”
(Spanish-language webinar)

register here
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April Log-in2Learn

Shakira Suglia, ScD presents

“Sex Differences in the Relationship between Social Stressors and Obesity”

Tuesday, Aprl 5, 12-1pm ET

Shakira Suglia

Thursday, April 7, 2016
10:30am-12:000 PM ET

Public Health Seminar Series

“The Physical and Mental Health Problems of the Prison Population”

Dr. Arthur M. Brewer, MD, CCHP

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

  1. Summarize mortality rates and chronic disease prevalence of incarcerated persons.
  2. Discuss the challenges around substance abuse treatment and perceptions of mental health for this population.
  3. Provide information about HCV treatment and the challenges that state correctional systems are faced with addressing this problem.
  4. Recognize the risk that inmates face upon discharge and the efforts made to minimize these risks.

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Register here to watch the live-streaming version
Register in the NJLMN to attend in person

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The Region 2 Public Health Training Center and Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative are teaming up to offer 3 webinars related to public health and climate change. The first webinar is Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 1-1:30pm ET.

Information about the series.

Save the Dates:
WED, March 30, 2016 1-1:30 pm ET
WED, April 13, 2016 1-2 pm ET
TUE, April 19, 2016 9-9:30 am ET

The New York State Department of Health Climate and Health Profile

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 1-1:30pm ET
Presenter: Asante Shipp-Hilts, MPH, Coordinator, Office of Public Health Practice, New York State Department of Health

Related to the Theme of the Month

from other organizations

Research to Reality: Reaching Minority Populations: Cancer Control and Prevention for Latino Populations 
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute
Date: Archived
Presenters: Patricia Miranda, PhD, MPH; Maria Fernandez, PhD
Learning Objectives:

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss contributing factors to disparities in breast and cervical cancer screening for Latino sub-populations
  • Describe an effort to adapt, disseminate, and implement evidence-based interventions tailored for Latino populations in Texas and lessons learned

Watch this archived webinar here

Reducing Health Disparities among Hispanics through Culturally Tailored Intervention Science
Sponsor: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Date: Archived
Presenter: Nilda Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Description: Hispanics bear a disproportionate burden of disease, injury, death and disability when compared to whites, and are at increased risk of multiple health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.

In her presentation, Dr. Nilda Peragallo Montano will discuss her research at the University of Miami Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research (El Centro) on the role that the co-occurrence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse, intimate partner violence and mental health conditions plays in the disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality among Hispanics. Studies include the intervention and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as family and intimate partner violence among Hispanic women, and substance abuse recovery among HIV-positive mothers. Through research, education, and collaboration with community and academic partners, El Centro advances the science of reducing health disparities in Hispanics, African Americans, sexual minorities and people in Caribbean nations and Latin America.

Watch this archived webinar here


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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March Log-in2Learn

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:

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.

January 2016 News and Updates

News & Updates

January, 2016
Theme of the Month: Education and Criminal Justice

February Log-in2Learn

Gina Wingood, ScD, presents

“Collaborating with Churches to Conduct and Disseminate Evidence-based Public Health”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 12-1pm ET
(1pm AT/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT)

You should attend if…

  • you conduct health promotion work with faith based organizations
  • you are interested in HIV/AIDS prevention
  • you are a health professional trying to reach your target audience in non-clinical venues


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Training Opportunities

related to the theme of the month


20th Annual National Health Equity Research Webcast: The School to Prison Pipeline here
Sponsor: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Date/Time: Archived webinar/webcast
Presenters: Anthony A. Perguero, Assistant Professor, Center for Peach Studies and Violence Prevention, Virginia Tech; Thalia Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Occidental College; Gary Flowers, CEO, Gary Flowers and Associates; Christopher Hill, Director, Education & Law Project, North Carolina Justice Center

Beyond Ferguson: Social Injustice and the Heath of the Public
Sponsor: Boston University School of Public Health
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:15am-2:35pm ET
Presenters: Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner, NYC Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene; Cornell Williams Brooks, President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Reverend Jeffrey L. Brown, Founder, Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace (RECAP); Andrea J. Cabral, Former Secretary of Public Safety, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project; Leslie E. Harris, Associate Justice, Juvenile Court, Suffolk County,Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Glenn E. Martin, Founder, JustLeadershipUSA; Roy Martin,  Director of Services, Partnership Advancing Community Together (PACT), Boston Public Health Commission; Denise McWilliams, Executive Director, New England Innocence Project; Ronald D. Simpson-Bey, Alumni Associate, JustLeadershipUSA
More information here

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    • The January/February Supplement of the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice is focused on Health Equity.
    • Bard Prison Initiative, discussed during the January Log-in2Learn.
    • The Fortune Society‘s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society (based in NYC).