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June 2017

Assessment: A core public health function

Public health departments are charged with the mission to protect and promote health, and prevent disease and injury. In public health, the “patient” is the community and services are focused on promoting and improving the health status of entire populations. To accomplish the mission of providing population-based services, public health departments are responsible for balancing three core functions: assessment, policy development, and assurance.

Assessment is the first core function and includes systematically collecting and disseminating health needs of the community, investigating the occurrence of health effects and health hazards in a community, and analyzing the determinants or factors of identified health needs.

The Training Website provides several free, interactive trainings on assessment as a core public health function, including:

  • Community Health Assessments
  • Environmental Health Assessments
  • Disaster Epidemiology

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Save the Date! National Health Equity Research Webcast

National Health Equity Research Webcast

The National Health Equity Webcast allows researchers, educators, administrators, practitioners, and students throughout the country to share issues and solutions related to data for racial and ethnic populations, the relationship between race and socioeconomic status, and barriers to conducting research in minority communities.

The 23rd National Health Equity Research Webcast, The Courage to Lead: Scholar-Activism and Health Equity in Turbulent Times, will take place on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 1:30-4:00 p.m.

The Webcast is led by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and allows for free broadcasting options. If you would like to receive announcements about the upcoming National Health Equity Research Webcast, including how to register, click here to subscribe.

Archived presentation: Fighting for health equity

Public Health Behind the Scenes

The UNC Gillings School recently hosted a Public Health Behind the Scenes podcast with Julea Steiner to talk about why sleep is a public health issue. Steiner is a clinical assistant professor in the UNC Public Health Leadership Program and also serves on the National Institute of Health Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board.

The 18-minute episode discusses the sleep epidemic and how the public health community can begin to incorporate sleep into their research and practice. Click here to access the episode and transcript.

March 2017

Celebrate public health with Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina training series

National Public Health Week

Are you new to public health or want to convey to your partners what public health does every day? National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017) brings together communities across the U.S. to recognize the contributions of public health in preventing disease and promoting health. The North Carolina Institute for Public Health provides a training series, Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina, to help familiarize local public health professionals and their partners with the important role and responsibilities public health has in providing services in their communities. While designed for public health professionals in North Carolina, many of the modules are broadly applicable to public health staff in other states. There are six free, interactive modules in this series that cover the following:

  • What is Public Health?
  • Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
  • Public Health Core Functions and Essential Services
  • Public Health Infrastructure
  • Public Health in North Carolina
  • Public Health in the Context of the Broader Health Care Delivery System

The training series can be used as part of new employee orientations or to familiarize community stakeholders with the important role public health has in keeping communities healthy. 

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Public health law training series and new book

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health in collaboration with Jill Moore, JD, MPH from the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill developed the NC Public Health Law online training series, which includes three interactive modules for public health practitioners in North Carolina on the most up-to-date information about:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Isolation and Quarantine
  • Communicable Disease Control Law

Support for this free training series was provided through the CDC-funded UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. 

Jill Moore is publishing a book on communicable disease law in North Carolina that addresses core topics in the legal structure for communicable disease control and takes an in depth look at topics such as isolation and quarantine, blood-borne pathogen exposures, and public health and bioterrorism. The book is supplemented by materials on the author’s North Carolina public health law website, ncphlaw.unc.eduClick here to purchase North Carolina Communicable Disease Law.

Archived presentation: Fighting for health equity

Participants at the 38th Annual Minority Health Conference, Photo: Linda Kastleman

On February 24th, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health provided logistical support for the 38th Annual Minority Health Conference, organized by the Minority Student Caucus at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Chandra L. Ford, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of California-Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, served as the keynote speaker. Her presentation, “Fighting for health equity in a time of fear: Our moment of action is now” shared tools with which health equity researchers and advocates can respond to both challenges and opportunities in addressing racism in population health. View her presentation.

 

 

January 2017

New training: Defining Evidence

What do you think of when you hear the term “evidence-based?” Public health and other community-based practitioners are increasingly being asked to adopt, adapt, and implement evidence-based approaches to ensure program success, maximize resource efficiency, and effectively track outcomes. In partnership with the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) developed a new and interactive module, Defining Evidence, to provide an introduction to the terms and concepts of evidence-based practice.

Learning objectives for this 20-minute module include:    

  • Describe evidence-based practice
  • Discuss the Social Ecological Model as a framework for planning evidence-based approaches
  • Describe three main categories of evidence-based approaches: Programs, Policies, and Strategies

This training is part of the Evidence-Based Public Health partnership at NCIPH.

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Start your 2017 with a training plan using the Real-time Assessment and Learning Tool (RALT)

Real-Time Assessment and Learning Tool (RALT)

A new year can mark new beginnings in assessing and planning around your public health training needs. The Training Website’s Real-time Assessment and Learning Tool (RALT) allows you to quickly determine your training needs by completing an easy self-assessment of your current knowledge and skills against established public health competencies. Access the RALT here or visit our “Assessments” link on the Training Website navigation menu.

The RALT currently allows self-assessments for:

  • Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Council on Linkages)
  • Applied Epidemiology Competencies (CDC/CSTE)
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies (CDC/ASPPH)

The RALT also provides an assessment instrument for the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities (CDC).

After your assessment is complete, the RALT generates a "snapshot" report which helps you identify areas of training need and provides you with a list of NCIPH Training Website trainings matched to those competency or capability-based needs. RALT assessment data can also be used to help identify relevant training resources from other training providers or systems.

Archived Session: Advocating for Policy Change

NCIPH hosted a discussion with national public health leaders on January 18th about advocacy for public health. The session discussed how to use the intuitive moral values of the Moral Foundations Theory to craft richer stories to appeal to broader audiences and provided alternative framing strategies for public health practitioners to expand advocacy vocabulary. Session presenters included:

  • Scott Burris, JD, Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University
  • Gary Gunderson, MDiv, DMin, DDiv, Vice President, Faith Health and Professor, Wake Forest University
  • Sue Lynn Ledford, DrPH, MPA, BSN, Director, Wake County, NC Public Health Division
  • Gene Matthews, JD, Senior Investigator, NCIPH and Director, Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region

Go to the recorded session.

View the article published in the Journal of Health Management & Practice.

Upgrading our email delivery

You may have noticed our new email look! For Training Update emails, we upgraded to using MailChimp to enhance our listserv delivery and to make it easier for you to receive updates from NCIPH’s Training Website. (Spread the word to sign up!) This transition should not affect your current email subscription and we continue our policy of not sharing listserv emails to anyone. Starting this month, Training Update emails will be delivered on a quarterly basis. To manage your subscription settings, please click the Update Preferences link at the bottom of this email.

Interested in face-to-face training?

Are you based in North Carolina and want more professional development opportunities around public health? In addition to the Training Website, NCIPH provides quality training and conference experiences, including the upcoming 2017 North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute. Interested in learning more? Visit the NCIPH Course catalog.

September 2016

Notice: Subscribe to our new list to continue to receive Training Updates!

We are upgrading the Training Update emails to MailChimp to improve delivery and to make it easier for you to manage your subscription preferences. If you would like to receive the quarterly emails about our Training Website, click here to subscribe. We will continue our policy of not sharing your emails with anyone. Questions? Contact nciphtws@unc.edu.

Quickly assess your training needs with the Real-time Assessment and Learning Tool (RALT)

Real-time Assessment and Learning Tool

This month, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health proudly launches our Real-time Assessment and Learning Tool (RALT) which allows you to determine your training needs by completing a quick and easy self-assessment of your current knowledge and skills against established public health competencies.

The RALT currently allows self-assessments for:

  1. Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Council of Linkages)
  2. Applied Epidemiology Competencies (CDC/CSTE)
  3. Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies (CDC/ASPPH)

The RALT also provides an assessment instrument for the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities (CDC).

Once you complete your assessment, the RALT will generate a "snapshot" report which is designed to help you identify areas of training need and provide you a list of NCIPH Training Website trainings matched to those competency or capability-based needs. RALT assessment data can also be used to help identify relevant training resources from other providers or systems.

Want to try it? Click here to access the RALT, or click on the new "Assessments" link in our Training Website navigation menu.

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Subscribe to our new list

The Training Update is upgrading to MailChimp to enhance our listserv delivery and to make it easier for you to receive updates from NCIPH's Training Website. If you would like to continue to receive Training Update emails on a quarterly basis, click here to subscribe. We will continue our policy of not sharing your email with anyone. Questions? Contact nciphtws@unc.edu.

Training Feature: Preparedness for vulnerable populations

September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide effort to encourage households, businesses, and communities to take action in preparing for emergencies. For this year, there is a continued emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, persons living with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs. The NCIPH Training Website offers short online trainings around public health preparedness for vulnerable populations. Access those trainings here.

July 2016

NCIPH Training Website celebrates over 100,000 registered users

Graph: Training completions and registered users, 2010-2016
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From 2000-2016, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) served as the institutional home for several Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded preparedness initiatives, most recently the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), one of 14 centers nationwide providing workforce development and technical assistance programs for national, state, and local public health agencies.

The NCIPH Training Website was launched in 2003 as part of a CDC-funded preparedness initiative to provide public health professionals and other interested persons immediate access to short, high quality trainings. Since 2003, the Training Website has steadily grown to serving more than 100,000 individual users!

Reasons to celebrate:

  • As of July 1, 2016, the NCIPH Training Website has 109,882 individual users who have completed more than 205,864 trainings. Users come from all 50 states and represent 179 countries.  
  • In 2011, the NCIPH Training Website became the first PERLC to integrate with the national TRAIN learning management system which allows public health professionals using any TRAIN affiliated site the ability to seamlessly access NCIPH Training Website content. TRAIN users now account for 35% of all users.
  • The NCIPH Training Website is designed to be driven and informed by the needs of the public health workforce, and we continue to listen to our user’s feedback.
    • Of all training evaluation completions since 2011 (n=97,043), the majority of NCIPH Training Website trainings were relevant to user’s daily jobs (81%) and enhanced user’s knowledge of the subject matter (88%). In addition, 88% of all trainings were satisfactory to users and would be recommended to others (86%). 
    • In 2014, NCIPH also surveyed frequent Training Website users, and of those respondents (n=172), 81% applied skills and knowledge learned from the trainings in their job or career, and many (61%) reported sharing knowledge from trainings with coworkers and others, sharing information with an average of 11 individuals (range: 1-75). In terms of individual-level impacts of using training materials from the NCIPH Training Website, more than half reported job satisfaction (55%) or improved confidence to perform their job (50%) and roughly 18% reported either an increase in salary or job promotion.

NCIPH looks forward to continuing to grow the NCIPH Training Website to cover an ever-increasing variety of public health topics.

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New training: Logic Models

NCIPH recently developed Introduction to Logic Models, a 20-minute interactive module that provides practitioners the basic principles for developing logic models and how they can be used for program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Support for this training was provided through the 2015-2016 AHEC Innovations grant.

New evaluation tools: Measuring the impact of emergency preparedness and response trainings

Interested in improving and measuring the impact of your emergency preparedness and response trainings? The Public Health Foundation (PHF), in collaboration with the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, adds one more resource to a growing collection of materials for developing, accessing, and evaluating public health trainings. Built to provide one-stop access to evaluation tools developed by the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC), the Evaluating Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings: A Knowledge Repository serves as a guide and framework to promote evidence-based evaluations of emergency preparedness and response trainings and to measure their impact toward improving workforce readiness. The knowledge repository is structured around the Kirkpatrick model for evaluating training and includes evaluation templates and guides, course and exercise materials, and links to other PERLC-developed evaluation resources. This new resource complements existing resources available through PHF to support high quality training efforts, including the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice’s Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, the online Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training, and the TRAIN learning network for training the public health workforce. Questions? Contact Kathleen Amos at kamos@phf.org.

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness resources

NCIPH continues to transition many of our preparedness training packages and programs developed through the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center to a consolidated web resource. To access these program resources, update your browser to: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/cphp-programs/.

April 2016

Seeking users to pilot new training needs assessment tool

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health has developed an online assessment tool that will allow users to quickly self-assess areas of individual training need tied to established public health competencies. Users receive a custom snapshot report that lists training needs based on current knowledge/skill, importance to current position and frequency of use. The report also identifies Training Website trainings matched to areas of assessed training need.

We are seeking Training Website users who are public health professionals working in the United States to help us pilot the new tool. Participants who complete the pilot will have a chance to enter a drawing for a FitBit. Sign up for the pilot and receive more details.

This new tool will be available to Training Website users in the next couple of months. Initial competencies in the new tool will include:

  • Applied Epidemiology Competencies Tier 1 and Tier 2 (CDC/CSTE)
  • Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies (CDC/ASPPH)
  • Public Health Preparedness Capabilities (CDC)

Coming Fall 2016 - Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.

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Improvements to Training Update emails

The Training Update emails are getting an upgrade and a new look! Over the next couple of months, this listserv will be transitioning to MailChimp to enhance our listserv management and delivery. This transition should not affect your current email subscription. Stay tuned for updates.

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness resources

If you missed it from our last Training Update, NCIPH has transitioned many of our preparedness training packages and programs developed through the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center to a consolidated web resource. To access these program resources, update your browser to: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/cphp-programs/.

From 2000-2016, NCIPH has served as the institutional home for several CDC-funded preparedness initiatives, most recently the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, one of 14 such centers nationwide providing workforce development and technical assistance programs for national, state, and local public health agencies.

March 2016

Field-based forensic epidemiology

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) recently developed a 25-minute introductory module, Forensic Epidemiology. This interactive module provides an overview and introduction to the principles and concepts of field-based forensic epidemiology.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the principles of epidemiologic investigation as they relate to outbreak investigations and surveillance
  • Define forensic epidemiology and identify examples of forensic epidemiology
  • Explain the similarities and differences between law enforcement and public health investigations

Support for this training was provided through the CDC-funded UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center.

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Archived webinar: Successful hospital-health department collaborations in conducting joint implementation strategies

In March, NCIPH’s Public Health Law Project and the North Carolina Hospital Association hosted a webinar focusing on successful hospital-health department collaborations in conducting joint implementation strategies for community health needs assessments. You can view the webinar recording via the Training Website’s archived webinars page.

Zika virus podcast

Public Health Behind the Scenes

NCIPH and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health hosted a special Public Health Behind the Scenes podcast with public health law experts around the country working behind the scenes on the Zika virus outbreak. Guests for this 35-minute episode included:

  • Jim Blumenstock, Chief Program Officer of Health Security, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Bob Eadie, Administrator, Monroe County Health Department in Florida
  • James Hodge, Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics, Arizona State University
  • Gene Matthews, Senior Investigator, NCIPH and Director, Network for Public Health Law-Southeastern Region

Click here to access the episode and transcript.

UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness resources

From 2000-2016, NCIPH has served as the institutional home for CDC-funded preparedness initiatives, most recently the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, one of 14 such centers nationwide providing workforce development and technical assistance programs for national, state, and local public health agencies. As this program comes to a close, many of our preparedness training packages and programs will continue to be available online within a consolidated web resource. To access these program resources, update your browser to: http://sph.unc.edu/nciph/cphp-programs/.

February 2016

New environmental risk assessment online trainings

NCIPH recently developed two new online trainings to highlight key concepts in environmental risk assessment. Using the perspective of a local health department employee, these interactive modules describe how to assess the probability that a person or community will become ill if they are exposed to chemicals or microbes in the air, water, soil, or food. Both modules also include a quick reference guide outlining the steps needed in a risk assessment process.

These modules were developed collaboratively with Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Gibson was recently highlighted in UNC’s Endeavors magazine.

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Free webinar: Successful hospital-health department collaborations in conducting joint implementation strategies

On March 8th from 2:00-3:00 PM EST, NCIPH’s Public Health Law Project and the North Carolina Hospital Association will host a free webinar sharing successful hospital-health department collaborations in conducting joint implementation strategies for community health needs assessments. The webinar will also provide updates on the North Carolina Community Health Improvement Collaborative healthy weight initiative using shared strategies among hospitals, health departments, and community partners. Click here to register.