Training Opportunities — February 25, 2011

Please note: Grantee attendance at non-HPCDP sponsored events, conferences, and trainings is encouraged as long as the content of the learning opportunity directly supports the workplan and the associated expenses fit within the approved budget. Please consult with your liaison to determine whether a training opportunity meets these requirements.

Kick Butts Day 2011, March 23, 2011
Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Kick Butts Day is a day of activism designed to empower youth across the country and around the world to take action against Big Tobacco. Download the 2011 activity guide, access promotional materials and gear, get ideas for an activity, and register an activity.

Tobacco Research Intensive Lecture Series, April 4-8, 2011, Morgantown, WV

The Translational Tobacco Reduction Research (T2R2) program is sponsoring the Tobacco Research Intensive Lecture Series. This series will feature nationally known experts presenting on Tobacco and Co-Occurring Health Risks and Disparities. The Tobacco Research Intensive Lecture Series is an annual event that includes presentations by national experts on treating tobacco dependence in different populations.

National Association of Local Boards of Health 2011 Annual Conference, September 7-9, 2011, Coeur d’Alene, ID

The theme of the 2011 Annual NALBOH Conference is Public Health: Effective Governance, Strong Leadership, Engaged Citizens. Accordingly, the conference will provide attendees with information about public health governance, current public health issues, and the role of strong leadership and citizens engaged in improving the health of our communities. A call for presentations is open through March 1, 2011.

Smoking Cessation in Special Populations This CME Course from the American Medical Association provides clinicians with an overview of the myths associated with smoking cessation in individuals with a mental illness or substance use disorder and provides counseling tips and strategies. This activity is part of AMA’s Educating Physicians on Controversies and Challenges in Health (EPoCH) program.

Pedestrian Policy: Creating Walkable Streets
Two webinar recordings featuring PHLP staff look at ways to make walking safe, convenient, and appealing. Pedestrian Policy 101 examines the elements that promote or discourage walking in a neighborhood, and Pedestrian Policy 201 shows how to advocate for changes.

Rail~Volution 2011: Building Livable Communities with Transit, October 16-19, 2011, Washington, DC

Rail~Volution 2011 is seeking speakers: We want the people who will lead the movement — people who can best share the stories that will educate, provoke and inspire conference attendees through toolbox sessions, panel presentations, and workshops. We are calling on a wide range of speakers whose work supports and furthers our mission of building livable communities with transit. If you are one of those people, we want to hear from you!  

Webinar Series: Hand in Hand, Together We Can: Working with Communities to Improve America’s Health

Presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, these free webinars will be held every other week on Thursdays at 11 am, Pacific.

  • A Focus on Health: The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, March 10 — The National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy and the Prevention and Public Health Fund set specific goals and objectives to improve the health of all US residents through federally supported and funded prevention, health promotion, and public health programs. This webinar will provide an overview of the national strategy, information about community implementation, and address potential implications of the current political and economic climate.
  • Weighing In On School Meals: USDA School Meal Regulations, March 24  — The US Department of Agriculture is updating the nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program. Their proposal will raise the standards for meal requirements for the first time in 15 years. USDA also wants to make critical changes to the quality of school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids who eat at school every day. This session will provide a primer on USDA’s proposal as well as offer guidance on how to submit comments. It will also highlight how schools have already begun making changes to improve their food environments.
  • New York City Active Design Guidelines: A Model for Promoting Physical Activity, April 7 — In January 2010, New York City released innovative Active Design Guidelines, a set of evidence-based and best-practice strategies to guide public and private sector architects, designers, planners, owners, and managers on how to promote physical activity in the design, construction, and operation of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods.
  • Farm Bill 101, April 21 — The Farm Bill authorizes billions of dollars for nutrition and agriculture programs across the country. It governs a wide range of federal farm and food policy and programs including vital domestic food and nutrition programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This webinar will give a brief overview of the current legislation and the political climate surrounding the pending reauthorization. It will also highlight how policies authorized through the Farm Bill are related to childhood obesity, and offer potential strategies for combating this epidemic through changes to our national, state, and local food policy.
  • Portraits of Success: The Farm Bill in Action May 12 — While the Farm Bill is is shaped at the federal level, its policies are implemented at the state and local levels. Initiatives such as EBT access at farmers’ markets, assistance for local farmers to produce and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, and programs that help make healthy food available to low-income children year-round are all funded through the Farm Bill. This session will highlight some of the community-based promising strategies that are currently underway to help improve access to affordable, healthy food choices for all.
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