Author: Jason Thompson

Lead in Drinking Water: Preventing Exposure to Children in the Post-Flint Era
Faucet with Brown Water

Course Objective

  • Recognize past crises where lead has impacted the safety of drinking water in the United States
  • Identify exposure-prevention measures that can be applied in institutions such as schools, childcare centers and summer camps

Date: November 2, 2017

Howard N. Apsan, Ph.D.
University Director
Environmental, Health, Safety, and Risk Management, City University of New York

This webinar will provide background on the Flint, Michigan water crisis and other cases of impacted drinking water. It will also review the preventive efforts in place in New York and explore the initiatives being implemented to ensure that preschool and K-12 students are protected. Finally, it will provide guidance on how institutions serving children—public schools, child care centers, camps, after school programs and others—can prevent exposure of these vulnerable populations to elevated lead levels.

The Opiate Epidemic and the Medical Industrial Complex
White Pills Fallen Outside of Pill Bottle

Course Objective

  • Describe at least three conflicts of interests that medical professionals engaged in that led to the Opioid Epidemic
  • List at least three different types of insurance reform that has been suggested by health care experts regarding addiction treatment
  • Identify three major criticisms of the current addiction treatment industry

Date: October 11, 2017

Rutgers School of Social Work, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies
New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

This webinar retraces the history of opiate use from opium to prescription drugs and track the long history of heroin use. It delves into how Big Pharma, doctors, insurance companies, marketers, the FDA, government policies, and consumers each hold some responsibility for the current epidemic, and what they can do to reverse this devastating trend. Every group comes out poorly here. But solutions that have been undertaken in a variety of states are offered at the conclusion.

Achieving Health Equity through Community Control of Budgets
Ten Dollar Bill and Coins

Course Objective

  • Name the characteristics of public engagement practices that offer community control to historically underrepresented and under-resourced communities
  • Describe how participatory budgeting has impacted health outcomes and social determinants of health in the US and internationally
  • Describe opportunities to integrate data-informed community engagement practices into the allocation of health-focused funds and/or budgets that influence the social determinants of health

Date: October 3, 2017

Jennifer Godzeno, MSUP, MPH, AICP
Deputy Director
Participatory Budgeting Project

Participatory budgeting involves community members in deciding what to do with a given budget. It is a powerful tool used globally to increase community engagement and shift from “indirect” to “direct” democracy. Its impacts include encouraging a more responsive government, giving voices to community members who otherwise may be ineligible to vote in standard elections, and has even been linked to a 30% reduction in under-5 mortality in communities in Brazil that adopted the practice. Jennifer Godenzo discusses how it applies to the “ladder of participation” by giving citizens control and is thus equitable, empowering, and focuses on the social determinants of health. She explains the five steps of participatory budgeting: design a process with the community, brainstorm ideas, develop proposals, cast a vote, and fund winning projects. She also gives examples of where participatory budgeting has been used, from high schools in Phoenix, AZ to citywide community garden projects in Vallejo, CA to within organizations, such as hospitals and foundations.

Using Geographic Information Science to Advance Health Equity and Environmental Justice
Hand of Geography Layout

Course Objective

  • To describe how geographic information science can be used to advance health equity and environmental justice.
  • To describe the environmental factors that lead to health disparities.
  • To list examples of how geographic information science has been used in health equity research.

Date: May 2, 2017

Andrew Maroko, PhD
Associate Director
Lehman College Urban GISc Lab
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Environmental factors have an important impact on the health of communities. Public health professionals may use geographic information sciences (GIS) to assess the health of communities by analyzing exposure, or being subjected to negative factors such as pollution, as well as accessibility, or the ability to access positive factors such as green space and healthy food. In this webinar, Dr. Andrew Maroko discusses the process of geovisualization, hypothesis generation, data exploration, and communication and knowledge transfer in conducting environmental justice research. Dr. Maroko also describes various methods and technologies used to estimate exposure and accessibility, and provides examples of GIS in environmental justice/health equity projects in New York City and Glasgow, Scotland.

Strategies to Advance Health Equity: How Health Departments Can Use Countermarketing to Address Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Food
Group of Diverse Graduates

Course Objective

  • Summarize evidence on the impact of tobacco countermarketing on the initiation of smoking among young adults.
  • Explain why lessons from evidence-based tobacco counter marketing could be effective for countermarketing alcohol and unhealthy food.
  • Identify and describe at least five elements of effective tobacco countermarketing campaigns and explain their relevance to countermarketing unhealthy food and alcohol.
  • Describe at least three roles that state and local health departments can play in countermarketing tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food (e.g., creating and/or funding public countermarketing campaigns, funding community and youth groups to develop and launch campaigns, training on countermarketing strategies, convening organizations involved in countermarketing).
  • Describe two specific local or state initiatives designed to support countermarketing of tobacco, alcohol or unhealthy food that have been used in other jurisdictions that could be applied in participant’s own setting.
  • Explain how LHDs can leverage “upstream” strategies, including partnering with social movements and community organizations and expanding democratic participation, to support the design and implementation of these initiatives.

Date: May 1, 2017

Nicholas Freudenberg
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
City University of New York School of Public Health

Emily Franzosa
Senior Researcher
City University of New York School of Public Health

Eleni Murphy
MPH Candidate
City University of New York School of Public Health

This self-paced, interactive module prepares public health professionals working in state and local health departments to develop or support the use of countermarketing strategies to reduce demand for tobacco, alcohol and processed foods high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. The session begins with a discussion of countermarketing as a public health strategy for reducing the use of tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy food. Next, learners will explore the elements of countermarketing campaigns, and look at two health departments that have used them successfully. Finally, learners will apply these strategies to think through a hypothetical countermarketing campaign, and plan how you might use them in your own work.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center