Training Opportunities- June 12, 2015

The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center will sponsor the free webinar, “Tobacco Use in the LGBT Community: Preconceptions, Challenges & Experiences,” on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at 2:00pm Eastern time (90 minutes). The program will explore the evidence for an LGBT smoking disparity, the reasons for this disparity, and challenges the LGBT population faces in smoking cessation. To register, click HERE

The Walking College Webinar Series
In early May, America Walks awarded 25 Walking College Fellowships to local advocates for walking and walkable communities.  These Fellows, who hail from 22 different states plus the island-nation of Palau, will participate in a five-month peer-mentoring program designed to expand their capacity as change agents in their home communities.  The “Walking College Webinar Series” is a component of the program that is open to Fellows and non-Fellows alike.
Part 1 of the “Walking College Webinar Series” will be broadcast in June and July.  These three webinars will cover the “why” and “how” of walkability, and will include nationally-renowned speakers Dan Burden and Mark Fenton. More webinars to build on this introductory knowledge are to follow in coming months.

#1: Thursday, June 18th (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “Why Walking?”
Why do we care about walking, and why do we put so much effort into campaigning for walkable communities? In our first Walking College Webinar, we take an introspective look at the walking movement with the help of two of its most accomplished practitioners.  Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, will discuss the human, psychosocial practice of walking and give examples from the increasing popular vogue of walking groups, clubs, and programs.  Then, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego will present “The Ecology of Walking” – an exploration of  the interrelationships between walking, health, the environment, and the economy; and a chronology of the fall and rise of walking as transportation over the last 100 years.

#2: Tuesday, June 23rd (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): “Designing Places for People”
After delving into the foundations of the walking movement, the Walking College Webinar Series gets into the nuts and bolts of walkable communities with the acknowledged expert in this area.  Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable communities that support healthy, affordable lifestyles. Along with Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones’ Built Environment Manager, Dan will teach us all to see through his eyes, as he surveys a desolate and abandoned downtown district, and visualizes its transformation into a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction – welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions.

#3: Wednesday, July 15th (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): ” Institutionalizing the Change”
With an understanding of the physical components of a walkable community, the next step is to redesign and rebuild our streets and public places – and that means engaging in the public policy process and working with the business establishment.  No-one knows more about “changing the system” than celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton, who recently authored a Practice Guide for the Every Body Walk! Collaborative titled, Making Walking Routine: Building Walkability Through Policies and Market Forces.  Join Mark as he describes the most effective and achievable strategies for modifying both public- and private-sector procedures so they lead inevitably to walkable communities.

Integrating Tobacco Cessation Tools and Practices within Behavioral Health Settings
Date: Tues., June 23, 2:30-4:00pm EDT
Presenters: Chad Morris and Jim Pavlik, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, University of Colorado; Mike Luxemburger, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System; Carolyn James, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare.
Register here.
While tobacco use rates are nearly double for people with mental illness and addictions, access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments and support can greatly improve health outcomes of this population. Long-term benefits of tobacco cessation may include improved self-esteem and promotion of recovery by increasing the likelihood of long-term drug and alcohol abstinence. Community mental health and addiction treatment providers can directly impact clients’ overall health and wellness by addressing tobacco use and providing cessation supports, including the prescription of FDA-approved cessation medications, and the use of evidence-based counseling techniques, such as the 5 A’s model (Ask, Advise, Refer) and cessation group therapy.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Making the case for integrating tobacco cessation practices and utilizing tobacco cessation tools within community behavioral health settings
  • Tobacco cessation practice guidelines and evidence-based cessation tools
  • Successes and lessons learned from community behavioral health provider(s) that have integrated tobacco cessation efforts into practice

Creating Community-Clinical Linkages to Address & Prevent Chronic Disease
Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM ET
Join NACCHO and Summit County Public Health (Summit County, Ohio) on the upcoming webinar highlighting robust referral networks linking primary care providers with public health and community resources that can be an effective model for improving health outcomes and promoting health equity for all populations.

Leveraging Innovations in Health Information Technology to Advance Public Health: How are States Using Data to Inform Policies, Programs, and Action? 
Monday, June 29, 1:00 pm (ET)  This call will focus on how states are using data to inform policies, programs, and action.

Preventing Prediabetes through the National Diabetes Prevention Program: Lessons Learned from Local Health Departments
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM ET
Join NACCHO for a webinar that will highlight the experiences and lessons learned of two local health departments that have been successful in establishing and running a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program under the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).

When Safe Routes to School Meets Violence Prevention
June 25th 1:00pm Eastern
Hear from speakers about the impacts of violence on youth and communities, strategies to make routes to school safe from violence and crime, and how we can work collaboratively to create communities where kids can be active and safe.

Grantees – Please consult with your liaison regarding questions about the appropriateness of attending any training or conference using TPEP or Healthy Communities funds. This list of training opportunities is provided as a resource for grantees and partners but is not an endorsement of any training or conference hosted by an external organization


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