Category: Leadership and Systems Thinking

Primary Competency Area

Crossing the Quality Chasm in Public Health
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Course Objective

  • Define the components of continuous quality improvement (CQI) and describe its applications.
  • Articulate the rationale for recent promotion of quality improvement frameworks in public health policy and practice.
  • Identify resources, including online training opportunities, to assist in the incorporation of CQI into your public health practice .

Date: December 21, 2016

Thomas I. Mackie
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems and Policy
Rutgers University School of Public Health

This presentation will provide an introduction to a continuous quality improvement framework, the rationale for promotion of quality improvement in policy and practice, and tools and resources to facilitate incorporation into your public health practice.

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part IV: Transformation of New York Mental Health System to A Medicaid Managed Care Model
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Course Objective

  • Describe the role of managed care and behavioral health integration for addressing the needs of individuals with mental health challenges.
  • Identify critical elements for health plan engagement with mental health services in Managed Care.
  • Explain Health and Recovery Plans (HARP Services) in Medicaid Managed Care and how community work force can work to integrate HARP Services into health care.

Date: September 22, 2016

Glenn Liebman
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.

In this webinar, Glenn Liebman of the Mental Health Association in New York State discusses the transformation of the New York State mental health system into a Medicaid managed care model. Mr. Liebman provides a historical context for the reform, describes the changes that will occur to funding streams as a result of the reform, and implications of these changes.

Climate Change, Extreme Weather, Natural Disaster & Human Health and Integrating Climate and Public Health Data into the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Process
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Course Objective

  • Discuss the research findings of the effects of extreme weather and natural disaster on human health
  • Identify population vulnerability to extreme weather events and climate change
  • Develop evidence-based interventions based on research findings
  • Following the second half of the webinar, participants will be able to:Describe how climate change is altering the way emergency preparedness is conducted
  • Explain how local health departments can incorporate climate change into Hazard Vulnerability Analysis process

Date: April 13, 2016

Shao Lin, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor, Research Director of Global Health Program
University of Albany, New York School of Public Health

Elena Grossman, MPH
BRACE-Illinois Project Manager
UIC School of Public Health

The first half of this webinar focuses on the specific health risks associated with extreme weather conditions. High temperatures and humidity increase hospital admission rates due to respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, and total mortality; conversely, cold temperatures contribute to and increase in asthma and incidence of congenital cataracts. Vulnerabilities due to severe weather, based on post-Hurricane Sandy health evaluations, include but are not limited to mental health and substance abuse, kidney disease, and COPD. The webinar outlines the risks, vulnerabilities, and health burden associated with climate change, and offers next steps for addressing these issues in the future

The second half of the webinar focuses on preparation for the public health impacts of climate change. As a way to encourage emergency preparedness professionals to recognize the impact of climate change in, Grossman encourages requiring them to acknowledge the possibility for extreme and/or severe weather in their Hazard Vulnerability Analysis when applying for CDC grant money. She outlines four pieces necessary for success in doing so, which include: 1) historic weather data, 2) projected weather data, 3) health indicators data, and 4) social vulnerability index data.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center