Tag: local health departments

Climate Change and Flooding Risk: How Local Health Departments and Communities Can Prepare

Course Objective

  • Explain how climate change is contributing to an increase in extreme weather events including floods and how climate change is worsening inequities  
  • Describe roles that local health agencies can play to prepare for and address the immediate health impacts of extreme weather events including floods   
  • Identify tools that can be used by a local health department to assess a county’s flood vulnerability and the risks to residents that are particularly vulnerable during a flood  
  • Recognize technical vs. adaptive challenges related to preparing for and responding to extreme weather events including floods

Date: June 30, 2024

Presenters:
Sylvia Pirani, MPH, MS 
Public Health Practice Consultant  

Helen de Pinho, MBBCh, FCCH (Public Health), MBA 
Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, and Associate Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) at Columbia University 


This course focuses on how local health departments and their community partners can prepare for and address extreme precipitation events and the floods they cause. It will describe the specific steps that a fictitious local health department (based on a real county in upstate New York) took to learn about, quantify and assess the potential for flooding and then the steps they took to prepare and respond. It will describe the technical and adaptive challenges they faced. 

How to Recruit, Hire, Monitor and Train Community Health Workers: Guide for Local Health Departments
Health worker shaking hands with community member.

Course Objective

  • Describe the unique attributes of community health workers (CHWs)
  • List the core roles and competencies of CHWs
  • Define the importance of CHWs in driving public health improvements
  • Discuss ideas for integrating CHWs into public health departments

Date: June 30th, 2022

Subject Matter Expert:
Saehee Lee, MPH, CHES
Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


This course developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) aims to describe the integral role that community health workers (CHWs) can play in public health departments. After illustrating their unique attributes and core roles, the course goes on to discuss ideas for integration into public health departments. The module is designed for local health departments, population and community health organizations, and other relevant organizations.

Learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the unique attributes of community health workers (CHWs)
  2. List the core roles and competencies of CHWs
  3. Define the importance of CHWs in driving public health improvements
  4. Discuss ideas for integrating CHWs into public health departments
Making Community Colleges and Public Universities Incubators Of Health Equity For Young Adults
Making Community Colleges and Public Universities Incubators Of Health Equity For Young Adults Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, MPH Distinguished Professor of Public Health City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Erinn C. Bacchus, MPH Doctoral Student, Community Health and Health Policy Graduate Student Assistant, Healthy CUNY Livestreaming: June 1st, 2021 at 12-1 pm ET

Course Objective

  • Describe how the coivd-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, Black Lives Matter and other recent movements campaigning for social justice, and emerging federal higher education policies create an opportunity to strengthen the role of institutions of higher education in promoting health equity among young adults.
  • Explain how community colleges and public universities can contribute to reducing racial/ethnic and class inequities in health, academic and life success among young people enrolled in the community colleges and public universities that serve populations previously excluded from higher education
  • Identify specific roles public health and other professionals in health departments, health care and social service institutions, and higher education can play in the development of equity enhancing policies, programs and environments 
  • Describe how these institutions of higher education can expand and strengthen programs to promote mental health, food security, sexual and reproductive health and health care access, four challenges that can undermine academic success 

Date: June 1, 2021

Presenter:
Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, MPH
Distinguished Professor of Public Health City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy
Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Erinn C. Bacchus, MPH
Doctoral Student, Community Health and Health Policy
Graduate Student Assistant, Healthy CUNY

 


In this month’s Log-in2Learn webinar, Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, MPH and Erinn C. Bacchus, MPH, discuss how community colleges and public universities can contribute to reducing racial, ethnic and class inequities in health, academic and life success among young people. After a brief overview of trends related to student demographics, tuition and public support over the past 25 years, the speakers highlight the unique health challenges experienced by students of color and those from low income backgrounds. They then walk us through ways in which universities can move from stratifying students to building equity. These include how to support and engage students to promote health, how to create cultures of inclusion, how to partner with public and private institutions and how to use data to inform strategies. They end by addressing pertinent questions from audience members regarding self advocacy and best ways to hold institutions accountable.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how community colleges and public universities can contribute to reducing racial/ethnic and class inequities in health, academic and life success among young people enrolled in the community colleges and public universities that serve populations previously excluded from higher education
  2. Describe how these institutions of higher education can expand and strengthen programs to promote mental health, food security, sexual and reproductive health and health care access, four challenges that can undermine academic success
  3. Identify specific roles public health and other professionals in health departments, health care and social service institutions, and higher education can play in the development of equity enhancing policies, programs and environments
  4. Describe how the coivd-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, Black Lives Matter and other recent movements campaigning for social justice, and emerging federal higher education policies create an opportunity to strengthen the role of institutions of higher education in promoting health equity among young adults.
Region 2 Public Health Training Center