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10/29/20 Public Health, Water Security, & Climate Change: A West Virginia Perspective - webinar


Climate change has emerged as one of the greatest challenges for humanity in the 21st century, with the strategic importance of clean and reliable water resources expected to intensify as warming produces more frequent and intense extreme events that disrupt day-to-day life. From a public health perspective, climate change poses a myriad of challenges, from natural disasters and water pollution, to heat waves and disease. Design specifications for the safety and health of the public—from executing emergency response and management protocols during disasters; dealing with flood protection, waste water treatment, and pollution discharge; constructing roads, culverts, bridges, and dams—all are based on last century’s climate. Without taking steps to safeguard communities by considering the effects of climate change, the vulnerability of communities is unduly increased. This webinar will discuss the science of climate change; provide an overview of regional changes in climate and why it matters; and explore implications of a warming climate on community vulnerability and water security.
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • define climate change and discuss what it is, why it is happening, and what it means for public health professionals and regional water security; 
  • describe how climate change is affecting air temperature, precipitation, and water resources throughout the region; and 
  • discuss implications of climate change on community vulnerability and identify communities that have greater risks to floods, droughts, excessive heat, and water pollution.

Date and Time
Thursday, October 29, 2020
1–2 p.m. Eastern

Location
Online. Information to access the webinar will be sent upon registration.

Target Audience
This webinar is appropriate for professionals, academics, and students interest in climate change as well as climate-concerned citizens.

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hour) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend sessions from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given.

Instructor
Nicolas Zegre, PhD
is an associate professor of forest hydrology at West Virginia University and director of the WVU Mountain Hydrology Laboratory.

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Go to Meeting Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar.

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinar. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go to Meeting to not recognize the device and render it unusable.

For more information about this webinar or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please contact marphtc@pitt.edu by 10/19/2020 at 5 p.m. EST.

11/5/20 Community-directed Research to Assess the Impacts of Excessive Heat on Health Outcomes - webinar

Often research originates at universities, then on some occasions, broadens out to engage the community. In this webinar, we will share the experience of the NOAA’s Carolinas Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) team and the Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC), who collaborated on a community-centered research project aimed at better understanding risk and vulnerability to heat-related illness and excessive heat health outcomes in the Carolinas. We will discuss early community engagement efforts around this topic, the development of user-centric tools to better understand and prepare for excessive heat, and how this type of approach led to illuminating research on the impact of excessive heat on pregnant women. Overall, this work reveals a need for a place-based study regarding the impacts of heat on human health. While exposure can be mapped, vulnerability to heat depends upon a variety of factors that are not necessarily evident at larger scales. Engagement with communities can lead to a better, more robust understanding of vulnerability to heat exposure and heat-related health outcomes.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • discuss and demonstrate the community-centered approach utilized in the RISA-SERCC collaboration to better understand and develop tools to address heat-related health outcomes;
  • describe results from research on the impacts of excessive heat on pre-term labor in North Carolina; and
  • demonstrate and share recent research on heat exposure for student-athletes in North Carolina, and efforts by SERCC and CISA to develop tools used by athletic directors and trainers to increase planning and preparedness around heat exposure.

Date and Time
Thursday, November 5, 2020
1–2 p.m. Eastern

Location
Online. Information to access the webinar will be sent upon registration.

Target Audience
This webinar is appropriate for professionals, academics, and students interest in climate change as well as climate-concerned citizens.

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hour) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend sessions from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given.

Instructor
Jordan Clark, MA
is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research assistant for Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments.

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Go to Meeting Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar.

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinar. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go to Meeting to not recognize the device and render it unusable.

For more information about this webinar or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please contact marphtc@pitt.edu by 10/25/2020 at 5 p.m. EST.

11/12/20 Examining Public Health Workers’ Perceptions toward Response Expectations in Disasters: Climate Change Considerations - webinar


In the face of climate change, an expanding array of disasters and emergent public health threats has raised operationally relevant research questions about the willingness of public health and other health care workers to fulfill organizational expectations in disaster response and recovery. This webinar will describe the latest research on public health and health care workers’ perceptions toward fulfilling disaster response expectations against the backdrop of an ever-broadening array of threats to population health relating to climate change, including emergent infectious diseases and more frequent severe weather events. The presentation will include evidence-informed interventions based on mixed-methods research, for boosting responders’ willingness to perform role expectations amid climate change-related disaster scenarios.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe types of emergency and disaster impacts exerted by climate change;
  • characterize public health and health care workers’ scenario-based willingness to respond to climate change-related emergent threats; and
  • describe evidence-informed training approaches to boost public health providers’ willingness to participate in institutional response and recovery activities in the context of climate change.

Date and Time
Thursday, November 12, 2020
1–2 p.m. Eastern

Location
Online. Information to access the webinar will be sent upon registration.

Target Audience
This webinar is appropriate for professionals, academics, and students interest in climate change as well as climate-concerned citizens.

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hour) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend sessions from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given.

Instructor
Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH
is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Go to Meeting Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar.

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinar. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go to Meeting to not recognize the device and render it unusable.

For more information about this webinar or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please email marphtc@pitt.edu by 11/01/2020 at 5 p.m. EST.

11/13/20, No Marathon Gets Easier Later—COVID-19's Impact on Local Public Health

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Date and Time
Friday, November 13, 2020
1–2 p.m. Eastern 

Location
Online. Information to access the course will be sent upon registration. 

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health and clinical professionals, students, and others interested in learning more about COVID-19 and local public health. 

Instructor
Jason E. Orcena, DrPH, MA is the health commissioner of the Union County Health Department in Marysville, Ohio—a position he has held since 2008. Prior to assuming this position, Orcena served as the division director for the Department’s Division of Health Education and Community Partnerships. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Local Public Health Services Collaborative, LLC, and the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, where he has also served as president. Orcena is an active member of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, serving on their Public Health Transformation Workgroup. He is a lecturer at The Ohio State University and his research interests include the governance and funding of public health. Most recently, he worked on Ohio’s new Public Health Alert Advisory System, a COVID-19 risk communication system. Orcena received his Doctor of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has a Masters of Arts in sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. 

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar series is presented through the Go To Webinar Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar. 

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinars. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go To Webinar to not recognize the device and render it unusable. 

For more information about this course or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require accommodation to participate in this training, please email marphtc@pitt.edu by 11/01/20 at noon, Eastern.

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11/16/20 Introduction to Effective Writing

You can write like a pro!

This webinar will introduce participants to strategies and techniques that will enable them to write with confidence and know-how. Participants will discover how to express personality and style in their writing, tap into their natural creativity, and present messages in ways that will achieve positive results in public health. Techniques for tailoring writing to meet readers' needs, applying effective email etiquette, and writing precisely to avoid dangerous misunderstandings or mixed messages will be addressed.
Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • define and apply ‘user-centered’ design for effective professional writing;
  • define the elements of ‘audience analysis’ and its practical relevance to professional written communication;
  • identify strategies to overcome potential ‘writer’s block;’
  • describe effective strategies for proofreading your writing;
  • describe the structure and relevance of briefing memos for effective workplace communication; and
  • describe and apply the elements for professional email etiquette.

Date and Time
Monday, November 16, 2020
10–11 a.m. Eastern
Location

Online. Information to access the course will be sent upon registration.
Target Audience
This webinar is appropriate for public health and clinical practitioners with varying professional experiences and diverse educational backgrounds.
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified health education specialists (1 CHES entry credit) and certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hours) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend the session from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given.
Instructor
Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He received his MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, his MPH and general preventive medicine training from JHSPH, and his BA in English from Yale University. He teaches on writing for public health in connection with his faculty role at JHSPH, and as a trainer for MAR-PHTC. Prior to his academic career, Barnett worked at Baltimore City Health Department's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar series is presented through the Go To Webinar Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar.

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinars. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go To Webinar to not recognize the device and render it unusable.

For more information about this course or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please email marphtc@pitt.edu by November 1, 2020.

11/18/20 Climate Change: What's law got to do with it? webinar

Join us as we examine the U.S. laws and international agreements that bear on the regulation of the heat-trapping pollutants that cause climate change, and the role of public health impacts in shaping those regulations.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe the sections of the Clean Air Act that govern the pollutants that contribute to climate change;
  • identify the international agreements that govern the regulation of such pollutants; and
  • discuss political influences, both in the U.S. and globally, that bear on the likelihood of successfully addressing climate change.

Date and Time
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
1–2 p.m. Eastern

Location
Online. Information to access the webinar will be sent upon registration.

Target Audience
This webinar is appropriate for professionals, academics, and students interest in climate change as well as climate-concerned citizens.

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hour) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend sessions from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given.

Instructor
James Van Nostrand, JD, LLM, MA
is the Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and a professor at West Virginia University College of Law.

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Go to Meeting Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar.

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinar. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go to Meeting to not recognize the device and render it unusable.

For more information about this webinar or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please contact marphtc@pitt.edu by 11/01/2020 at 5 p.m. EST.

12/7/20 Best Practices for Facilities Management in Public Health Emergencies

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Facilities management is a critical element of pandemic preparedness and response, including for COVID-19. In this webinar, Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH, presents essential content designed for public health practitioners and their stakeholders on best practices for facilities management to help optimize response to evolving pandemic threats. Content will be highly applied and is directly related to current and future considerations for COVID-19 and other emerging pandemic threats. 

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • describe the relationship between the public health emergency preparedness system and facilities management;
  • define the term ‘ready’ in the context of the ‘ready, willing, and able’ model as it relates to facilities management in public health emergencies;
  • describe the relevance of non-pharmaceutical interventions to facilities management in public health emergencies;
  • list two relevant examples of resource allocation considerations of relevance to facilities management in public health emergencies ; and
  • name two types of hierarchy of controls for facilities management in public health emergencies. 

Date and Time
Monday, December 7, 2020
1–2 p.m. Eastern 

Location
Online. Information to access the course will be sent upon registration. 

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for public health practitioners involved in preparedness efforts and their community-based partners. 

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified health education specialists (1 CHES entry credit) and certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hours) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend the session from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given. 

Instructor
Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His areas of expertise include public health emergency readiness and response; mental health aspects of public health emergency response; and organizational culture change issues facing health departments in building a ready public health workforce. The recipient of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Cofounders Award for Excellence in Crisis Intervention/Trauma Research and the National Association of Counties Achievement Award, Barnett holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a medical degree from The Ohio State University. He regularly provides training in public health core competencies and public health preparedness. 

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar series is presented through the Go To Webinar Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar. 

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinars. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go To Webinar to not recognize the device and render it unusable. 

For more information about this course or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please email marphtc@pitt.edu by 11/24/20 at 5 p.m. Eastern.

01/29/21 Jumpstart Your Career! Public Health Practica

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Join us as practicum site supervisors and students from the Drexel University, Johns Hopkins, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University talk about their practicum experiences and answer your questions. 

Date and Time
Friday, January 29, 2021
1–2:30 p.m. Eastern 

Location
Online. Information to access the course will be sent upon registration. 

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for students, site supervisors, faculty, and HRSA Public Health Training Center personnel. 

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Go to Webinar Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar. 

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinars. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go to Webinar to not recognize the device and render it unusable. 

For more information about this course or assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please email marphtc@pitt.edu by 1/15/2021 at noon, Eastern.

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03/12/21 Job Hunting Ahead! Opportunities in Consulting and More

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Date and Time
Friday, March 12, 2021
1–2:30 p.m. Eastern 

Location
Online. Information to access the course will be sent upon registration. 

Target Audience
This presentation is appropriate for students, site supervisors, faculty, and HRSA Public Health Training Center personnel. 

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Go to Webinar Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. Connection information will be provided following registration. Basic functionality, including the use of a feature to type in questions, will be reviewed during the webinar. 

We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the webinars. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Go to Webinar to not recognize the device and render it unusable. 

For more information about this course or assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this training, please email marphtc@pitt.edu by 03/01/21 at noon, Eastern.

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