Category: Webinar

Change Management and You: How Change Impacts Public Health Professionals
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Course Objective

  • Name key competencies for managing change within public health
  • Identify and analyze situations where change affected initiatives in public health
  • Explain critical roles of the public health professional that serves as a “change agent”

Date: September 4, 2018

Emil J Sadloch, MA
Sadloch Development Associates

The Region 2 Public Health Training Center presents its monthly Log-in2Learn series. Starting September 2018, the series began its new focus on the de Beaumont Foundation Strategic Skill Areas, eight skills and knowledge areas needed to address complex public health problems. In this webinar, participants will learn from Mr. Emil J Sadloch about introductory concepts of change management, such as the definition of change management, types of change an organization might experience, and the cycle of change. Mr. Sadloch continues his presentation by give examples of how change agents can anticipate the effects of change with explanations of people’s personal change styles, signs of resistance, essential components of change management, and tools and key questions supervisors can use to manage change.

The Power and Promise of Treatment as Prevention and the U=U Campaign
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Course Objective

  • Describe the challenges in working with clients to understand the tenets of U=U
  • Describe how U=U can be combined with other biomedical technologies to help curtail HIV infection
  • Describe how HIV biomedical technologies function to counter the stigma associated with HIV
  • List the barriers associated with the uptake of HIV biomedical technologies
  • Describe how U=U can be leveraged to counter outdated HIV laws and policies
  • Describe the role patients have in advancing U=U messages with their providers.

Date: August 7, 2018

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Dean & Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health
Professor, Rutgers RWJ Medical School; Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; School of Public Affairs and Administration
Director, Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)

In this webinar, Dr. Perry Halkitis presents on the concept of HIV treatment as prevention. First, Dr. Halkitis provides participants with an overview of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) as well as treatment as prevention (TasP). He then discusses scientific evidence for TasP and its ability to reduce HIV transmission. Lastly, Dr. Halkitis describes the current interventions and programs to increase the number of people with an undetectable viral load and the future of HIV prevention by addressing biological, psychological, and social factors simultaneously.

Public Media Data for Public Health
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Course Objective

  • Describe public media data available for disease surveillance
  • Describe public media data available for audience segmentation
  • Describe public media data available for message design and tailoring

Date: July 10, 2018

Dr. Joe Smyser, PhD
Public Good Projects

This webinar explores new ways to use public media data to solve large, complex public heatlh issues like opioid abuse and mental health. Dr. Joe Smyser explains how the Public Good Projects uses data from Facebook, Google, and designated market areas (DMAs) to create insights about a population’s health knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs in real time to inform public health media campaigns. Participants of this webinar will be exposed to case studies of how this data was used to create tailored messages for specific populations about opioids and mental health using digital marketing principles.

Health Disparities in HIV: Supporting Adolescents through the HIV Care Continuum
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Course Objective

  • Define the adolescent specific HIV-related health disparities in the United States.
  • Describe the individual and structural level factors impeding youth’s progress through the HIV Care Continuum.
  • Identify potential individual and structural level intervention points to support the health of youth living with HIV.

Date: June 5, 2018

Dr. Amanda Tanner
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina Greensboro

This webinar explores the specific challenges associated with ensuring adolescents are able to access HIV screening and treatment. Dr. Amanda Tanner provides background on adolescent’s biological, cognitive, social, and legal changes as they progress to adulthood as well as the disparities of HIV diagnosis and care among adolescents, especially minority youth. This presentation continues with an overview of two studies that investigate care linkage and engagement for youth with newly diagnosed HIV as well as the HIV-related healthcare transition at adolescent clinics. Dr. Tanner provides recommendations for future interventions that will help adolescents know their HIV status, become linked with appropriate care, and maintain viral suppression

Strategies to Advance Health Equity: State and Local Health Departments’ Role in Improving Food Access among Immigrants
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Course Objective

  • Explain the rationale for expanding public health practice to promote health and equity by supporting immigrant access to healthy, affordable food
  • List the major public anti-hunger programs and summarize the eligibility rules that apply to different legal categories of immigrants
  • Describe how individual beliefs, organizational practices, and policies contribute to inequitable access to healthy food and public food benefits between immigrant and US-born populations
  • Explain at least two specific local or state Health Department initiatives designed to improve access to healthy food and food benefits among immigrant populations that could be adapted to the participant’s community
  • Explain how local health departments can leverage “upstream” strategies, including partnering with other agencies, social movements and community organizations, to protect and expand immigrant access to food benefits and services

Date: May 19, 2018

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

Emilia Vignola
PhD Candidate
City University of New York School of Public Health

There are currently more than 40 million immigrants living in the US, contributing to our society as workers, taxpayers, caretakers, and neighbors. Many of these immigrants are more likely to be poor than US-born people because of cultural, language, and legal barriers that influence their living and working conditions and access to services. One consequence of this poverty is food insecurity, or not having enough healthy food, which has serious implications for health. As public health professionals, we work to prevent harm and reduce health inequities. When members of our communities struggle to access healthy food, they are at risk for health problems. But they are also limited in their ability to contribute meaningfully to society, which affects all of us. To meet our national health goals, local health departments must work to ensure that everyone in our communities has the opportunities and resources they need for good health – regardless of immigration status.

In this module, participants will:

  • Explore specific challenges immigrants may face in accessing healthy food at the individual, organizational, and policy levels
  • Consider real-world examples of how local health departments can partner with other agencies, community organizations, and activists to overcome these barriers and help immigrants access healthy, affordable food for themselves and their families
  • Strategize about how to adopt similar initiatives in their community and organization
The City Health Dashboard: A New Resource for Population Health Improvement
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Course Objective

  • Describe the role of data in improving population health in urban areas
  • Describe how data on health status and health determinants improve cross-sector collaboration and decision making around health
  • Explain how the City Health Dashboard can be improved to be a more effective tool for health improvement

Date: May 1, 2018

Shoshanna Levine, MPH, DrPH
Program Director
City Health Dashboard

Over two-thirds of the U.S. population lives in cities. There is currently a shift for city governments to work with multi-level stakeholders to use a population health approach to target social determinants of health and improve the overall quality and health of the population. Dr. Soshanna Levine discusses the importance of using data as a cross-sectional, collaborative health improvement approach. The Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU partnered with national networks to create the City Health Dashboard to help cities understand, compare, and take action to improve the health of their municipalities. The tool uses data from federal, state, and local agencies to present 36 measures linked to the health status across five domains (health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, physical environment, health outcomes). The dashboard is a health improvement planning resource for 500 cities across the U.S. and will also provide evidence-based interventions and resources to city leadership, government, and stakeholders. Dr. Levine presents an overview of the dashboard and methods to engage local communities in data-driven health improvement activities.

Integrating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Science to Address Substance Use Disorder
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Course Objective

  • Explain what are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Describe the connection between substance use disorders and ACEs
  • Describe how ACEs science can be integrated with substance use disorder prevention and harm reduction approaches

Date: May 1, 2018

Daniel Sumrok, MD
Director of Addiction Science
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Opioid overdose deaths have been increasing at an alarming rate among adults. New York State, like many other states, is experiencing an opioid epidemic. There are worrisome trends in other substance use. Among older adults, binge-drinking and alcohol use disorders seem to be on the rise. Alcohol use among boys and people in the higher income brackets in decreasing, though increasing among lower socioeconomic groups and girls. Marijuana use has remained steady among youth through 2015, but has increased dramatically among youth over 18 years old. The prevalence of smoking among adults reporting poor mental health is twice as high as those who do not report poor mental health.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are an underlying factor in drug misuse and overdoses, suicides, mental health disorders and chronic disease. Data collected by the 2016 NYS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)[i] show that ACEs are common among New York adults. Six out of 10 adults (59.3%) reported having experienced at least one ACE. Yet, very few communities integrate addressing and responding to ACEs. Dr. Daniel Sumrok of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center explained how ACEs Science can be integrated to address substance use disorders.

Data-Based Decision-Making Using Data to Intervene for Maternal and Child Health – Part Two in a Series
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Course Objective

  • Identify sources of evidence-based interventions/promising practices.
  • Define and develop SMART objectives, for outcome evaluation.
  • Use progress and outcome measures in program monitoring and evaluation.

Date: April 10, 2018

Michael Medvesky
Public Health Information Group, New York State Department of Health

The purpose of this training is to inform public health professionals how to use data to shape needs assessments, develop public health programs, and provide a framework for program evaluation. In Part Two of this series, learners will take advantage of readily available data sources to explore interventions and programs to address public health issues in maternal and child health using Columbia County, NY as a case study.

Data-Based Decision-Making Using Data to Intervene for Maternal and Child Health – Part One in a Series
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Course Objective

  • Identify and locate sources of Maternal and Child Health data in New York State, at state, county, and sub-county levels.
  • Use descriptive epidemiology (person, place, and time) in needs assessment and program targeting.
  • Use data to identify high-risk populations in population for program targeting

Date: April 10, 2018

Michael Medvesky
Public Health Information Group, New York State Department of Health

The purpose of this training is to inform public health professionals how to use data to shape needs assessments, develop public health programs, and provide a framework for program evaluation. In Part One of this series, learners will take advantage of readily available data sources to begin planning and implementing a successful health program related to issues in maternal and child health using Columbia County, NY as a case study.

Addressing Unconscious Bias in our Language
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Course Objective

  • Evaluate your thoughts or behaviors for unconscious bias
  • Explain ways that language use can intentionally or unintentionally contribute to health disparities
  • Describe ways that your organization can work to examine, expand, and alter language regarding patients and clients to provide more equitable care and services

Date: April 3, 2018

Anne Marie Liebel, EdD
Founder and President
Health Communication Partners LLC

As health professionals, it is critical that we reflect and address unconscious bias in our language, especially when working with patient populations. Dr. Anne Marie Liebel discusses how uttering subtle microaggressions can have a cumulative negative effect on health and wellness. Dr. Liebel presents research on the linkages between microaggressions and health disparities. In particular, microaggressions from healthcare providers can negatively impact patient health related behaviors and utilization of health services. Thus, as we recognize our own microaggressions, Dr. Liebel provides individual and organizational strategies to examine, expand, and alter language to provide more equitable care and services.

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