August 2021 Newsletter
CDC Updates Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
COVID-19 Vaccination

Important update: Healthcare facilities CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Updated information...

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Oklahoma CBT Partners Congratulate 2020-2021 Field Placement Students
The Oklahoma Public Health Training Center (OPHTC), Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB), and Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) congratulate eight graduate students who completed their 2020-2021 student field placements.

Three students engaged in projects related to COVID-19: Andrew Schaff used GIS skills to investigate the distribution of COVID-19 across Oklahoma; Spencer Hall helped develop target metrics to act as “control” for Oklahoma, and Flor De La Garza evaluated the use of iPads in nursing homes for virtual family visits, and as potential post-pandemic education model.

Collaborating with OPHA, Garrett Pierce assessed and evaluated policy that aligned with the OPHA’s policy agenda, and Heather Scott assisted OPHA with the annual conference planning, marketing, and outreach.

 Three students used their field placement to work with, or set up their future work with American Indian tribes. Joshua Moore evaluated the effects of rural/urban location on the association between diabetes and obesity among Native Americans hospitalized in Kansas between 2011 and 2016. Birjis Khan helped with the preparation and completion of a Hazard Communication Protocol that provided preparedness training and emergency response guidance to a tribe in central Oklahoma. Amber Anderson engaged in a literature review to describe the current role of Indigenous cancer patient navigators and cultural/spiritual support services in healthcare systems. Although this was the second year that students had to adapt their projects to the realities of a continuing pandemic, they were determined and resilient in completing their field placements.

The Oklahoma CBT partners are proud of our awardees, and we wish them all the best for their future adventures. Congratulations!
News Around The Region
An epidemiologist answers questions about the Delta variant

The more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the country and now represents more than 80 percent of sequenced cases in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Harold Neighbors to join Tulane Public Health as senior...

Dr. Thomas LaVeist, dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, today announced that Dr. Harold "Woody" Neighbors will join the school as senior advisor for public health research and training, effective immediately....

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Course Spotlight:

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to provide general training and build capacity for prescribers regarding the opioid epidemic, signs of overdoses, naloxone, and harm reduction. 

The Revive. Survive. OverDose Prevention program works within the Prevention Department at Odyssey House LA. Their goal is to address and alleviate the impact the opioid epidemic has on the New Orleans community. Valuable examples will be provided on what steps Louisiana has taken to address the epidemic.

The Revive. Survive. OverDose Prevention curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and training to prescribers, pharmacists, clients, and community members on the overview of the opioid epidemic, naloxone administration and access, and tools to address the needs of individuals suffering with addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what is Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and the severity of the opioid epidemic

  • Recognize the signs of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone

  • Describe the laws and regulations that protect you as a pharmacist when prescribing Naloxone and as a bystander when administering Naloxone

  • Understand your biases on addiction and how stigmatizing language may affect individuals from receiving proper care

  • Recognize examples of harm reduction methods based on harm reduction principles and how it relates to the stages of change

For more information about
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Featured Course Bundle:
First Responder Preparedness

Bundle Description:

The First Responder Preparedness curriculum covers  communication, field exercises,
handing of chemical agents and
biological response preparedness. 

Trainings in this bundle include:

  • Recognition and Safe Handling of Chemical Terrorist Agents (2 hours)

  • Practice-based Scenarios for Recognition, Detection and Exposure Assessment of Chemical Terrorist Agents (3 hours)

  • Biological Response Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services (4 hours)

  • Communication Gap: Linking First Responders and First Receivers (3 hours)

  • Planning, Implementation and Exploitation of a Field Exercise (6 hours)

For additional information about the
First Responder Preparedness
course bundle,  click here.
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