Category: Systems Thinking

Strategic Skill Area

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

Moving Public Health Practice Upstream to Reduce Inequities
Illustration of Stick Figures

Course Objective

  • Describe why public health practitioners should take on “”upstream”” or distal causes of ill health
  • Describe how public health professionals in state and local health departments can take action on “”upstream”” or distal causes of ill health
  • Describe how public health professionals can become allies of current social movements to advance the efforts for health equity

Date: September 1, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH
Distinguished Professor of Public Health, Faculty Director
New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, City University of New York School of Public Health and Hunter College

Traditional public health focuses on downstream forces – those that influence individual behavior rather than those that put people at risk – such as housing, living conditions, air quality, income inequality. These are the things social epidemiologists call the “causes that cause”. In this webinar lecture, Dr. Freudenberg expounds five strategies public health practitioners may use to tackle upstream influences on health in order to challenge health inequities. Skill development and establishing collaborative exchanges with social movements, putting data into the hands of people who can use them in political arenas, and recognizing our own roles as citizens outside of our public health identities are a few of the suggested approaches in this talk. Dr. Freudenberg also discusses the challenges of applying these strategies in public health practice despite the substantial political and social risk often inherent in taking action.

Energy Insecurity: Understanding Its Dimensions and Implications for Public Health
House Cut-out With Heart in the Middle

Course Objective

  • Explain the primary dimensions of energy insecurity
  • Describe how energy insecurity is related to other forms of insecurity (i.e. food and housing)
  • Discuss the public health implications of energy insecurity

Date: June 2, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Diana Hernandez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health

In this webinar, Dr. Hernandez provides an overview of energy insecurity, its relationship with health outcomes, and solutions to prevent and treat energy insecurity.

Current Measles Outbreak and Vaccination Requirements
Measles Vile

Course Objective

  • Understand the historical context of the measles vaccination efforts
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of measles
  • Recognize the role of measles vaccination in reducing global rates of measles

Date: February 24, 2015

Reviewed June 30, 2020

Dr. Peter Wenger
Clinical Associate Professor, Department Of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School

As public health officials have been working to curb the measles outbreak that in January 2015 at Disneyland, they have run into an unexpected challenge: Because measles was all but eliminated in the United States about 15 years ago, most younger physicians have never seen it. So now a generation of doctors is getting a crash course via a combination of methods, including informal workshops, emails, fliers and old college textbooks. Dr. Wenger will present the most important thing we need to know because measles is one of the most contagious viruses ever in the history of humanity, and it spreads very quickly, and it only takes a very brief contact to spread it.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center