Category: Program Planning and Policy Development

Primary Competency Area

Access to Care for Undocumented Patients
Colorful Paper Hands

Course Objective

  • Describe the extent to which undocumented immigrants are eligible for publicly funded health care programs
  • Assess the health consequences of existing health policy for undocumented immigrants
  • Evaluate state and local efforts to expand access for undocumented immigrants

Date: October 18, 2016

Michael K. Guzmano
Associate Professor
Rutgers University, School of Public Health Department of Health Systems and Policy

This presentation will review how federal, state and local policies influence access to health care for undocumented patients. The presenter will review the exclusion of these patients from major public health programs, analyze the consequences of these exclusions, and describe recent efforts by state and local governments to improve access for this population.

Strategies to Advance Health Equity: Understanding and Influencing Corporate Practices of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Food and Beverage Industries to Promote Health
Fast Food

Course Objective

  • Explain the rationale for expanding public health practice to promote health and equity by changing corporate practices;
  • Describe at least four ways that practices of the food, alcohol and tobacco industries contribute to prevalence and inequitable distribution of chronic diseases in the US and globally;
  • Identify some of the conceptual and organizational obstacles that state and local health departments face in taking on food, alcohol and tobacco industry’s influence on health;
  • Explain how to apply “upstream” strategies to define and achieve feasible goals in their own practice.

Date: August 12, 2016

Reviewed June 30, 2020

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

Tobacco and alcohol use and the consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages are all major causes of preventable deaths and disease in the United States and around the world. While individuals are responsible for the use and consumption of these substances, this webinar emphasizes how public health can take a new approach to this issue: by changing the ways that the tobacco, alcohol, and food industries currently promote their products and make a profit at the expense of community health. This webinar details tobacco, alcohol, and food corporate strategies that can have harmful affects on population health. This webinar also provides examples of health departments that have used research, advocacy, and education to tackle these industry tactics and advance a public health agenda.

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part III: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Research and Implications, an Interview
Young Girl Holding Stuffed Animal

Course Objective

  • Discuss the research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Explain possible consequences of ACEs and implications for policies, programs, and treatment.
  • Describe examples of ACE Response collaboratives.

Date: August 4, 2016

Deborah Faust
Director of Family Wellness & Suicide Prevention, Co-Director of Building Connections
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.

Heather Larkin, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Social Welfare, University of Albany (SUNY)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are experiences while growing up that deeply impact a young person and profoundly affect emotional and physical health later in life. This webinar discusses what ACE research can yield in terms of breaking intergenerational cycles and how findings can be used as advocacy tools. Dr. Larkin discusses the ACE study, a groundbreaking research program that explored connections between specifically defined ACEs and the later development of health-risk behaviors, and her own current research and findings related to ACE. ACEs are implicated in the ten leading causes of death in the United States so understanding their mechanisms of action is essential in prevention and health promotion.

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part II: Family Engagement Tools to Help Support Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs
Family Smiling

Course Objective

  • Describe the foundation for successfully engaging the individual’s family or identified supporters and arming them with accurate information on mental health and illness.
  • Outline barriers that so many individuals and their families face in accessing services and why those barriers contribute to police involvement, hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
  • Examine wellness tools and resources for individuals and their identified supporters for achieving and maintaining wellness with the understanding that mental health education is the foundation for illness recognition and engaging treatment options.

Date: May 11, 2016

Deborah Faust
Director of Family Wellness & Suicide Prevention, Co-Director of Building Connections
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.

Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes. This webinar discusses family engagement during mental health challenges in order to explore how providers and health professionals can partner with patients and their families to find solutions and treatment plans. Specifically, it looks at how educating families on mental health and illness can be preventative, barriers that can impeded individuals and families from engaging with help and support, and defines whole family health as vital for supporting patient’s efforts to obtain and maintain well-being. This webinar also reviews several education strategies and tools that can be used to increase family engagement and patient wellness.

From Theory to Practice: School Health Programming as a Public Health Framework for Vulnerable Urban Communities
Young Girl Smiling at School

Course Objective

  • Describe how local governments can leverage the health and education sectors to address the unmet health care needs of vulnerable populations within schools and their surrounding communities
  • Describe strategies that have been implemented to address health disparities, health inequities, and the social determinants of health
  • Describe the types of skills and training needed to ensure a competent public health workforce within urban schools and communities

Date: May 3, 2017

Dr. Caroline Volel, MD, MPH
Field Physician, City Medical Specialist 1, Assistant Professor
Office of School Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

In this webinar, Dr. Volel describes the historical and political context of school health practices and discusses the interrelated nature of education, other social determinants, and health. Coordinated approaches to school health, or programs that view education and social services as a comprehensive package, are more likely to produce successful students. The NYC Community Schools Initiative is a mayoral priority that aims to build 100+ community schools over the next several years. Community schools are institutions that provide academic instruction, social services, and a space for communities to assemble and address their needs and challenges. Dr. Volel describes the rollout of this initiative in the largest school district in the country, lessons-learned, and what must be achieved in order to create a successful community school

Public Health and Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Webinar Series, Part I: Public Health Approaches to Mental Health Literacy
Man and Woman Talking

Course Objective

  • Describe a public health approach to address the primary barriers (such as lack of knowledge and stigma) to mental health and treatment for individuals who experience mental health challenges or illness.
  • List resources and tools to increase mental health literacy.

Date: April 20, 2016

John Richter, MPA
Public Policy Director
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.

Mental illness, including emotional and behavioral disorders, presents us with an enormous challenge in our present day. In particular, the impact of untreated mental illness can have deleterious effects on those individuals, their families, and communities. This webinar presents the current problem of mental illness and the delay and failure to get treatment or maintain recovery, the resulting damage this can cause, the barriers people experience to getting help, how public health can address these issues, and ways to foster mental health literacy. The webinar provides an overview on several trainings including: Mental Health First Aid, a first-responder style training that can provide public health professionals with the skills and knowledge to navigate mental health emergency contexts, and safeTALK, a suicide prevention training that teaches people how to become a suicide-alert helper. It also reviews educational curriculum that can be implemented to improve mental health among students.

Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan: Improving City Resilience Against Extreme Heatwave
Outside Thermometer

Course Objective

  • Describe the ways in which small pieces of evidence can be generated to influence policies related to climate change
  • Explain how low cost interventions can save human lives
  • Discuss how rapid scale up of a successful intervention can be achieved through advocacy and networking.

Date: April 19, 2016

Parthasarathi (Pertho) Ganguly, MBBS, MD, MPhil
Indian institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar

This Webinar outlines the Ahmadebad Heat Action Plan developed to combat heat-related illness and mortality in the face of increasing temperatures and frequent heat waves in India. Based on an analysis of local temperature data and awareness levels of vulnerable populations, the action plan set objectives to increase public awareness, train medical officers, engage the media, create a forecast system, and develop a flow chart for action during hot days. As a result, there was an increase in awareness of the risks of heat waves and a reduction in heat-related mortality in Ahmadebad. Dr. Ganguly outlines the steps taken to develop and carry out this action plan as well as challenges and successes along the way.

An Overview of E-cigarette Use, Product Perceptions, Communication and Policy Issues
Person Smoking E-cigarette

Course Objective

  • Recognize different types of e-cigarettes and specific health concerns associated with them
  • Identify proposed FDA regulations for e-cigarettes

Date: March 16, 2016

Olivia A. Wackowski, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior, Society & Policy
Center for Tobacco Studies Rutgers School of Public Health

This seminar will provide attendees with a broad overview on what we know about e-cigarettes, including their different types, their safety, trends in product use, perceptions about these products (including reasons for use and discontinuation), e-cigarette information sources, health warnings, and an overview of policy issues, including proposed FDA regulation for e-cigarettes. The presenter will share findings from various government reports and research studies, including her own work in this area. Throughout the talk, challenges with respect to e-cigarette research and regulation will be discussed

Strategic information for ending HIV epidemics: Comparative effectiveness of evidence-based HIV interventions at scale
Dice with "HIV" and "AIDS" Aligned Together

Course Objective

  • List reasons why HIV care continuum outcomes are persistently suboptimal nearly everywhere in the US, even in settings with relatively well-resourced Medicaid and ADAP programs
  • Describe ways HIV care outcomes can be improved for people living with HIV with major psychosocial barriers
  • List key metrics for tracking ‘ending the epidemic’ or ‘getting to zero’

Date: December 1, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Denis Nash, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
CUNY School of Public Health

In this Webinar, Dr. Denis Nash describes the challenges of designing and implementing impact evaluations of large-scale public health programs/ initiatives to scale in “real-world” settings. Despite demonstrated effectiveness in research settings, program implementers often encounter a host of issues that were not found or addressed in the research study. Such issues include things like a broader population in need of the intervention than originally planned for or individual level and structural barriers impeding community engagement in the intervention. Additional steps, such as linkage and retention studies may help better target and engage people in programmatic interventions. To illustrate these points, Dr. Nash presents several local examples of evaluating intervention effectiveness focused on expansion of HIV testing and HIV care coordination programs. He concludes with his professional insight into how to apply surveillance data to evaluate programmatic initiatives.

Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions for New Populations and Settings
People Sitting Outside in the Park

Course Objective

  • Define cultural adaptation and its importance
  • Describe recommended strategies for enhancing cultural appropriateness of program materials and instruments
  • Describe models that can be used to adapt interventions for new settings and populations

Date: July 7, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Rachel C. Shelton, ScD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Dissemination and implementation sciences are defined as the systematic study of how a specific set of activities and designated strategies are used to successfully adopt and integrate an evidence-based public health intervention (EBI) within specific settings, and are comprised of four steps: 1) exploration, 2) adoption/preparation, 3) implementation, and 4) sustainment. The overall goal is to reduce the gap between science and practice/policy. Implementation research speaks more to processes and factors associated with successful integration of EBIs within a particular setting, while dissemination research focuses on the processes and factors that lead to widespread adoption and use of EBIs. EBIs are shaped by research evidence, resources, population, and context, and are popularly used due to their demonstrated effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and fast process. In order to successfully select an EBI, interventionists must Identify community needs, assess organizational capacity, and search program registries to select a program. When preparing for implementation, and EBI can either be adopted as is or adapted to fit the local conditions. Adaptation is an important part of the process in order to enhance engagement, reach the audience, address disparities, increase fit and relevance, and reinforce the message. Adaptations can be either surface or deep structure, and the use of either or both should be a conscious, well thought out decision. Surface adaptations use visual and auditory cues for culturally appropriate messages, while deep structure adaptations involves cultural sensitivity and comprehensive understanding of ethnic group’s core cultural values, norms, and stressors (economic, social, environmental) affecting health behaviors. Models for guiding adaptation include Card, ADAPT-ITT, and MAP.

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