Training Opportunities – December 7, 2012

The Oregon Health Policy Board meeting on “Public Forum: Health System Transformation Progress Report” will be held December 11 from 1 to 4:45 p.m.

On December 11 from 12:30-3 PM (Pacific), Legacy and the Human Rights Campaign will host Tobacco Use in the LGBT Communities: Why LGBT People Smoke So Much & What Can Be Done About It,a panel discussion examining the socio-cultural factors influencing tobacco use in LGBT communities in the U.S., which result in high prevalence rates, disease and loss of life.

On December 14 from 9-10:15 AM (Pacific), Partnership for Prevention/ActionToQuit will co-sponsor an upcoming educational webinar: Meaningful Use and Tobacco Cessation – What You Need to Know. The program will explain what Meaningful Use is, how tobacco use assessment and cessation treatment relate to it, and how the public comment process can make a difference.

On January 23 from 11 AM – 12 PM (Pacific), Maine Public Health will offer the webinar: A Community Based Proactive Health Care Model for Small Business. The Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative (GSPHC) in Somerset County, Maine in partnership with HERO, The Maine Health Access Foundation and Medical Care Development developed a community-based employee wellness program for very small businesses and demonstrated that small businesses within a community can join together to offer their workers wellness activities that would not normally be economically feasible for groups their size. This model complements national health reform, which proposes models to allow small employers to group together to purchase coverage. Large employers understand that wellness and prevention form a continuum with insurance; indeed, as the law permits, employers and insurers offer incentives for wellness. By creating a project that gave small employers a similar opportunity to jointly obtain worksite wellness; this project was able to develop a prototype of a complementary product that can be used to offer a full spectrum of health, wellness and medical care protection for small and very small employers.

The 7th National Smokeless & Spit Tobacco Summit will take place in Missoula, Montana August 6-8. There is currently a call for abstracts.

A recording of the Tobacco Control Network’s recent webinar, “November Election Results: Implications for Tobacco Control,” is now available.

The 2013 Active Living Research Annual Conference will take place inSan Diego, California on February 26-28, 2013. The conference presents the latest thinking, methods, and research on policy and environmental issues related to active living.

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