Category: Problem Solving

Strategic Skill Area

Mental Health in Rural New York: Findings and Implications of a Listening Tour with Residents and Professionals
Mental Health in Rural New York: Findings and Implications of a Listening Tour with Residents and Professionals Brett Harris, DrPH Sr. Research Scientist, NORC, Univeristy of Chicago Clinical Associate Professor, Albany School of Public Health NYSPHA President Katie Gallant, MSW Sr. Research Scientist, NORC, Univeristy of Chicago Livestreaming: December 5th, 2023 at 12-1 pm ET

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
Building Skills for Public Health Leaders: Lessons Learned from the Advancing Leadership in Times of Crisis Program María Fernanda Levis MPH, MPA, PCMH-CCE, CFRE Founder & CEO, Impactivo Bekah Curtis-Heald, MSc Partnerships Lead, Impactivo Livestreaming: November 14th, 2022 at 12-1 pm ET

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. 

A Systems Approach to Reduce Gun Violence
Pistol

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.

The Science of Trust: Implications for Public Health Research and Practice
The Science of Trust: Implications for Public Health Research and Practice Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL Senior Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Founder and Board President, Health Equity Initiative; Principal, Strategies for Equity and Communication Impact (SECI) Livestreaming: March 7th, 2023 at 12-1 pm ET

Course Objective

  • List key determinants of trust and trustworthiness at the community, population, and patient levels
  • Discuss the impact of trust and mistrust on behavioral and social outcomes as related to a variety of health topics
  • Describe implications of “the science of trust” for public health research and practice

Date: March 7, 2023

Presenter:
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Renata Schiavo presents on the importance of trust in public health research and practice. She begins by defining “trust” and explaining the importance of gaining trust among communities. Schiavo goes on to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted trust and presents commonly used models of trust. “The science of trust” is then explained by the interconnected nature of biological, social, political and environmental factors, and a new model of trust is presented. Schiavo ends by suggesting implications for practice and next steps

Participants will learn about trust in public health research and practice from Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL, from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.Participants will be able to:-List key determinants of trust and trustworthiness at the community, population, and patient levels-Discuss the impact of trust and mistrust on behavioral and social outcomes as related to a variety of health topics-Describe implications of “the science of trust” for public health research and practiceRecommended Reading:-Renata Schiavo (2022) The ‘Science of Trust’: moving the field forward, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 15:2, 75-77, DOI: 10.1080/17538068.2022.2089611https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17538068.2022.2089611-Renata Schiavo (Moderator and Roundtable Chair/Organizer), Gil Eyal (Participant), Rafael Obregon (Participant), Sandra C. Quinn (Participant), Helen Riess (Participant) & Nikita Boston-Fisher (Co-Organizer) (2022) The science of trust: future directions, research gaps, and implications for health and risk communication, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 15:4, 245-259, DOI: 10.1080/17538068.2022.2121199https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17538068.2022.2121199

 

This program has been approved for 1.0 Category I Continuing Education Credit for CHES/MCHES by the Rutgers School of Public Health. The Rutgers School of Public Health is a certified CHES/MCHES provider by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

This program has been approved for 1.0 Certified in Public Health (CPH) credit by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center. The Region 2 Public Health Training Center is a certified CPH provider by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Community Engagement: The People’s Approach to Improving Health and Social Outcomes

Course Objective

  • Define community engagement
  • Discuss why community engagement is critical in advancing health and social equity
  • Describe the role of local health departments (LHDs) in engaging local communities and their leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions and policies
  • List best practices, strategies, and participatory processes for community dialogue and engagement
  • Discuss ways to integrate community engagement in public health practice

Date: June 30th 2021

Subject  Matter Expert: 
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Founder and Board President, Health Equity Initiative; Principal, Strategies for Equity and Communication Impact (SECI)


This course developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) focuses on community engagement, and the role of local health departments in engaging local communities. It focuses on strategies for “true” community engagement, which is about collaborating with and empowering local communities, and recognizing the expert in every community member and every leader representing the community. It also provides an overview of case studies, best practices and strategies for community dialogue and engagement and/or integrating community engagement in public health practice.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define community engagement
  2. Discuss why community engagement is critical in advancing health and social equity
  3. Describe the role of local health departments (LHDs) in engaging local communities and their leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions and policies
  4. List best practices, strategies, and participatory processes for community dialogue and engagement
  5. Discuss ways to integrate community engagement in public health practice
Succession Planning and Workforce Development for Public Health Agencies
Sticky note succession planning

Course Objective

  • Define “succession planning” for public health agencies
  • Present the reasons for a succession planning process in public health agencies, even during challenging times
  • Explain the key elements of the succession planning process
  • Link the elements of change management to organizational succession planning
  • Clarify the critical success factors for succession planning in public health

Date: June 30th 2021

Subject Matter  Expert: 
Emil J. Sadloch
President, Sadloch Development Associates & Instructor for Rutgers University’s Executive and Professional Education, School of Public Health, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences


The Strategic Skills Training Series developed by the Region 2 PHTC aims to help prepare public health leaders and the public health workforce to develop the practices and competencies associated with being a Chief Health Strategist.

This course describes how health departments can undertake succession planning and workforce development efforts, even during ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) times, using a case study approach set in the fictitious Tycho County.

Recommended Pre-Requisites:

  1. Introduction to Change Management
  2. Change Management: How Leadership Can Support Staff During Crises

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define “succession planning” for public health agencies
  2. Present the reasons for a succession planning process in public health agencies, even during challenging times
  3. Explain the key elements of the succession planning process
  4. Link the elements of change management to organizational succession planning
  5. Clarify the critical success factors for succession planning in public health
Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder during the COVID-19 Pandemic Tiffany Lu, MD, MS Assistant Professor of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center | Albert Einstein School of Medicine Livestreaming July 7, 2020 12-1 pm ET

Course Objective

  • Explain regulatory updates regarding buprenorphine treatment during a public health emergency
  • Describe practice-level changes in buprenorphine treatment throughout COVID-19
  • Discuss common issues affecting patients in buprenorphine treatment during COVID-19

Date: July 7th, 2020

Presenter:
Tiffany Lu, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein School of Medicine


In this month’s Log-in2Learn Dr. Tiffany Lu provides an overview of buprenorphine treatment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges associated with treatment for opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Lu describes the communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic paved the way for regulation updates regarding buprenorphine treatment such as reduced restrictions and an increased use of telemedicine to treat opioid use disorders. The webinar also addresses some other measures put in place with buprenorphine treatment due to the public health emergency, including: longer prescriptions, halted urine drug testing (self reports), access to naloxone and harm reduction supplies. The presenter also shares available resources to support clinical providers as they face the challenges associated with buprenorphine treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain regulatory updates regarding buprenorphine treatment during a public health emergency
  2. Describe practice-level changes in buprenorphine treatment throughout COVID-19
  3. Discuss common issues affecting patients in buprenorphine treatment during COVID-19
Shifting the Narrative: Trauma Informed Care to Systems Change
Shifting the Narrative: Trauma Informed Care to Systems Change Ali Mateo Belen, MSW Trainer and Principle Consultant A Mateo Consulting Livestreaming March 3rd, 2020 12-1pm ET

Course Objective

  • Develop a shared understanding of the importance of viewing trauma on a systems level
  • Identify how to utilize trauma informed principles in organizational policy and program development
  • Explain the stages of trauma informed organizational change development and implementation

Date: March 3rd, 2020

Presenter:
Ali Mateo Belen, MSW
Trainer and Principle Consultant
A Mateo Consulting


This month’s Log-in2Learn Webinar takes a look at trauma-informed principles and procedures, encouraging organizations and systems to acknowledge and recognize the trauma that individuals experience. Participants will learn how understanding individual trauma/manifestations of trauma, reflect in the way systems are able to give care to clients and workers within the organization. Participants will also be able to differentiate between policies and practice and learn ways to implement practices that not only benefit clients, but also benefit employees.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Develop a shared understanding of the importance of viewing trauma on a systems level
  2. Identify how to utilize trauma informed principles in organizational policy and program development
  3. Explain the stages of trauma informed organizational change development and implementation
Building Logic Models
Illustrated Hands with Sticky Notes

Course Objective

  • Construct a public health program logic model based on given program information

Date: December 14, 2018

Presenter:
New York City-Long Island-Lower Tri-County Public Health Training Center with revisions made by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center


In this training program, participants will build a logic model based on a scenarios related to improving access to healthy food in underserved neighborhoods. Participants will be asked to create a logic model based on components in the scenario and will be able to compare their logic model to an expert logic model.

Advanced Program Evaluation
Advanced Program Evaluation Graph

Course Objective

  • Appreciate that a comprehensive evaluation plan addresses a program logic, stakeholders, evaluation questions and evaluation design.
  • Assess advantages and limitations of evaluation designs, including randomized, quasi-experimental and pre-post designs.
  • Appraise and compare options for data collection methods, measures and sampling strategies.
  • Identify and address associated threats to validity.
  • Identify strategies for addressing budget, time, data and political constraints in evaluation practice.

Date: December 14, 2018

Presenter:
New York City-Long Island-Lower Tri-County Public Health Training Center with revisions made by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center


*This course is Certified Quality through the Public Health Learning Navigator, an initiative of the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) and National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI).

Learners will take on the role of a staff member at the Middleton County Health Department who is tasked with helping to develop an evaluation plan for an obesity-prevention program recently launched in Middleton County. Using the CDC Program Evaluation Framework, learners will connect each step of the framework with a section of the evaluation plan, going into detailed discussion about: incorporating stakeholders, logic models and evaluation questions in the process; characteristics of different research designs for evaluation and considerations for choosing an appropriate design; options for data collection methods and sampling; and thinking through threats to validity. Additionally, the learner will review strategies for conducting rigorous evaluations within constraints of budget, time, and resources.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center