Training Opportunities – May 24, 2012

Webinar: Update on the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act – May 24 at noon (pacific)
This presentation will provide an update on tobacco regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, including a briefing on litigation challenges from the tobacco industry, and will explain how to interact directly with the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products to help the agency further public health.

Webinar: What to Expect – A Look into Tobacco Control – May 29th at 11:00 a.m. (pacific)
This NALBOH webinar is designed for board of health members, health agency staff, and tobacco control advocates working on local tobacco control policies. Presenters will discuss strategies for pursuing a tobacco control policy while facing opposition at the community level.

Webinar: The Power of Policy – Strategies for Working with Local Community Coalitions: A Framework for Local Health Departments and Community Collaboration – June 5 at 11 a.m. (pacific)
This webinar, the third in a series focused on policy as a tool for population health improvement, will discuss a highly structured step-by-step approach for health departments working with local community coalitions. The presentation will feature representatives from the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, who will provide an overview of the framework along with concrete tools and strategies that are used to inform local community coalition activities.

Webinar: No Smoking, Child on Site!  New Smoke-free Policies to Protect Kids – June 5 at 10:00 a.m. (pacific)
The scientific debate about the risks of secondhand smoke ended years ago. Unfortunately, in many foster homes, passenger vehicles, child care settings, and playground areas across the U.S., infants and children continue to be exposed to the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. This webinar provides an overview of policy considerations for those interested in providing safe smoke-free environments for children in these settings.

Webinar: Falls Prevention Programs for Older Adults – June 6 and 10:00 a.m. (pacific)
The webinar will give an overview of the State Fall Prevention Program, which aims to integrate clinical practice with evidence-based community programs to prevent falls and fall injuries among the elderly.  Oregon is one of three states to receive State Fall Prevention Program CDC funding.

School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training (pdf)
This 35 hour program is offered through Growing Gardens, with continuing education credit through Portland State University, and will  share best practices for building, using and maintaining school and youth food gardening programs in our region.  Upcoming trainings include:

  • Summer 2012:  June 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) Applications due May 25th!
  • Fall 2012:  5 Saturday training – dates TBA
  • Winter 2013: 5 Saturday training – dates TBA

To receive and application and information about upcoming trainings sign up here.

Summit on Tobacco Policy – October 4-6, 2012, Kansas City
The Summit, hosted by The National Center for Tobacco Policy, will provide opportunity for those interested to learn how to develop, implement and sustain tobacco-free campus policies.

Online Courses

The University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania are offering free courses online, including:

  • Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act – explore the many problems of the American health care system and discuss the specific ways that the Affordable Care Act will impact access, quality, costs, as well as medical innovation.
  • Social Network Analysis – make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.
  • Basis Stats – a friendly introduction to very simple, very basic, fundamental concepts in statistics.

Making Health Communication Strategies Work for Your Program
Led by staff from the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, the course provides a framework for planning and evaluating health communication activities that is grounded in the day-to-day realities of public health work. Topics include:

  • Using health communication strategies to influence individual, health systems, policy, and  environmental change.
  • Identifying opportunities to integrate health communication into chronic disease activities.
  • Developing a plan for your health communication activities so they have a better chance of making a difference.

Logic Model Essentials – July 16 –August 24th, $300
The Logic Model Essentials web-based course is designed to provide an understanding of the purpose and features of a logic model, the skills and tools needed to build a logic model, and knowledge of the important ways to apply logic model results. During the course, participants will create a logic model for a health program of their choice.

Fundamentals of Evaluation – September 10 – November 30th, $500
Fundamentals of Evaluation helps professionals overcome this barrier as it guides participants through the evaluation process – from planning to reporting results – while giving them the opportunity to develop their own evaluation plan.


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