Training Opportunities- May 22nd, 2015

Million Hearts® and Sodium Webinar: Making Sense of the Science and Translation to Practice
Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  Register Now
Audience: Million Hearts® Collaboration Partners and Stakeholders, State and Local health departments, Healthcare Professionals, National Organizations, Community Partners
Purpose: Decreasing sodium intake of the population is a priority of the Million Hearts® Initiative. This webinar will present the public health rationale for reducing population sodium intake and address recent research that has called sodium recommendations into question. The aim is to help professionals make sense of the sodium science, clarify confusion about guidelines regarding salt and health, and provide a state and local example of successful implementation of sodium reduction guidelines.
Objectives: At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize sodium reduction strategies as one of the Million Hearts® priorities.
  • Describe some of the reasons why research on sodium intake and health outcomes has produced inconsistent results.
  • Identify nationally recommended sodium reduction guidelines.
  • Discuss practical applications of sodium reduction guidelines at the state and local level.

Register for the event: 

Request for Applications: InSHAPE Wellness Program
People with serious mental illness in publicly funded mental health organizations have a reduced life-expectancy of 25-30 years compared to the general population. Obesity and tobacco use are major causes of this dramatic health disparity. Would you like to do something about it?

InSHAPE is a wellness program designed to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health recently funded Dr. Steve Bartels and his Dartmouth College team to implement InSHAPE and determine how to best implement evidence-based health promotion to decrease obesity and reduce cardiovascular risk for persons with mental illness — an opportunity that is being offered to 48 mental health organizations across the nation.

The National Council is pleased to invite you to apply for the InSHAPE wellness program. Sites will be randomly chosen to either receive individual technical assistance or a learning collaborative placement.

To learn more about the InSHAPE program and this particular opportunity, register for one of the following two informational webinars:

You can also learn more about this initiative by reviewing the Request for Applications, and apply by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Physical Activity in Worksites Networking Call
May 26, 2015 2:30-3:30pm EST 866-581-9669, participant code 31358597
Sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Physical Activity in Worksites Workgroup

The focus of this call will be  to hear from  states who are just beginning a physical activity worksite program and/ or new staff to the field of physical activity worksite wellness or states currently facing a challenge. Everyone is welcome to listen in as you may have experienced and overcome a similar challenge and maybe able to offer a solution to the other working on physical activity in worksite settings.
Who are the calls for?  This call series is intended for state or local health departments and partners that are taking an active role in supporting physical activity in worksite settings.
What is the purpose?  The purpose of this networking forum is to facilitate information sharing among public health practitioners who are supporting  physical activity in worksites

Topic:  States sharing their needs for networking calls on physical activity in worksites. If you would like to receive future notices for these networking calls on Physical Activity in Worksite Settings, please send your  name, e-mail address, type of worksite program and telephone number to Annie Carr

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will host a webinar titled, Essential Guide to the Master Settlement Agreement
June 16, 2015 at 1:00pm Central Time, 2:00pm Eastern.  Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) experts will share their perspectives on the MSA, how it came to be, how it has been enforced, and why it is so crucial in tobacco regulation. To register for this event, click HERE.

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium will sponsor a webinar titled, Regulating Tobacco in the Retail Environment: An Overview of Local Point-of-Sale Strategies.
The program will take place Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00am Central Time, 11:00am Eastern. To register, click HERE.

 Please join us for the next Point of Sale Strategies Webinar: It’s Go Time: Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook on Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET.
Tobacco retailer licensing has emerged as one of the most effective and versatile regulatory schemes to reduce youth access and exposure to tobacco products and marketing in the retail environment. This webinar will discuss the steps necessary to create and implement an effective tobacco retailer licensing policy.

ChangeLab Solutions will introduce a new tool to help local health departments and tobacco control professionals along the path to licensing, the Tobacco Retailer Licensing Playbook.  Guest speakers from communities with successful tobacco retailer licensing programs will discuss their approach to craft, enact, and enforce an effective policy.

Please register for this webinar here:

Oregon Brownfields Forum Meeting Thursday, May 28 10 am – 12 noon

Portland State University; Native American Student and Community Center 710 SW Jackson St, Portland, OR 97201 Nimiipuutimt Room (Room 110)

Topic: Health, Equity and Brownfields
This gathering will create opportunities for state and local health departments and equity-focused organizations to connect with the brownfields redevelopment community. Participants will learn through conversation about how health and equity-focused organizations are working to improve health, address inequities, and meaningfully engage communities in benefits that result from brownfield efforts across the state. Speakers will discuss their shared interests in:

– Community engagement and partnerships that are inclusive, culturally mindful, and representative of communities impacted by brownfields.

– Diversifying funding and capacity building to include health and equity focused stakeholders.

– Using data to describe opportunities to improve health and address inequities, and encouraging metrics and indicators to track health and equity benefits from brownfield investments.
No charge to attend, but please RSVP online at:

Webinar: Measuring the Economic Impact of Non-motorized Transportation
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
To register:
As if health benefits were not enough, communities across the United States are also interested in understanding how transportation decisions and investments can result in economic benefits. This webinar will explore methods that can be used to evaluate the economic benefits of non-motorized transportation investments based on a recent report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Evaluating the Economic Benefits of Non-motorized Transportation. The report documents a variety of economic benefits of these investments and provides resources for communities who are interested in measuring the economic impact of future projects. There will be case study presentations from agencies that have assessed the local impacts of investing in bicycling and walking, including one bike share program.

The Intertwine Alliance presents the third Health and Nature Forum Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to noon (8:30 am – Health and Nature 101)

The Intertwine Alliance (in the David Evans & Associates building) 2100 SW River Parkway, Willamette Room (off main lobby), Portland Free

We are excited to take this conversation to the next level and to begin considering a range of possible directions to take the foundational work we’ve completed to this point. A key feature of this forum will be to break into small discussion groups to explore a range of potential project avenues. To that end we are asking individuals to look at the list of topics below and, when registering for the event, select the one that most appeals to you and your work, or that you find most compelling:

  • Inserting Nature into our Healthcare Model
  • Workplace Wellness and Nature
  • Nature at our Schools
  • One-on-One with Nature
  • Bikes, Pedestrians, Health and Nature
  • Other (areas you are interested in that are not represented in the above discussions)

Webinars: Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities: Stories from the Field
State and local health departments across the country are reducing obesity rates by improving access to healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity. Health departments working in rural communities often have a hard time finding examples of what’s working in other rural places.  The webinars will cover strategies to improve access to healthy food in small rural stores, create a culture of wellness in schools, and create environments that support physical activity.

Featuring five rural communities, speakers will provide practical tips to implementing policy, system, and environmental changes in rural communities. Sponsored by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and ChangeLab Solutions.

Recording for the May 21, 11 AM

Invited Speakers:

  • Sarah Tennyson, Mountainwise (Western North Carolina) – Improving access to healthy foods in rural stores
  • Ray Sharp, Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department (Michigan) – Making rural streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Kathleen Hein, Crawford County (Wisconsin) – Creating a culture of wellness in rural schools

 May 28, Noon – 1 PM PT / 3 PM – 4 PM ET


Invited Speakers:

  • Gloria Begay, Dine Community Advocacy Alliance (Navajo Nation) – Making junk food more expensive and healthy food more affordable through taxes
  • Dean Ledbetter, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Working with state departments of transportation to revive rural main streets




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