Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
January 2018  Newsletter
Happy New Year!

The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center wishes everyone a Happy New Year! 

May you have a great year filled with immense happiness and luck! Stay in good health and achieve greater heights of success. Wishing all a wonderful year ahead!

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series launched

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and partners have launched the Safe Water Program Improvement (SWPI) e-Learning Series on the Tulane Learning Management System. The trainings are designed to help health departments strengthen services to people that use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in these types of drinking water programs.

What We're Working On - Transgender Health Learning Series

The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center is nearing the completion of Transgender Health 101: A Foundation Course on Transgender People and Public Health. The course, first in a six course learning series, will provide a foundation in understanding transgender people and the trans community in the context of population health. It is designed for health providers and anyone interested in becoming more familiar with the transgender, gender non-binary, and Intersex community. Like all people, each transgender "trans" person's life is a different journey. Trans people are no different except they face unique challenges and opportunities specific to being trans.
At the conclusion of this course, users will be able to:
*  Define and differentiate between sex and gender, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation with respect to the transgender community and lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities
*  Identify each letter of the LGBTQ acronym and define each term
* Articulate the proper use of pronouns and their importance
* Recognize specific psychological distress and behavioral health trends encountered by people who are transgender
* Describe population health and how this effects a transgender person's access to health care and its cost and quality
* Construct a safe zone for transgender individuals in your organization or community
The Transgender Health Learning Series serves as a convenient, online series of six courses for healthcare providers and for people interested in becoming more familiar with the transgender community. Our goal is to increase public awareness and help orient public health and healthcare professionals address issues specific to the transgender community. Our long term goal is to work towards a transgender culturally competent healthcare and public health workforce. A workforce that is welcoming, respectful, affirming, and knowledgeable.

Are you looking to advance your career in Public Health and improve your earning potential? Tulane University's online Master's degrees in public health and Graduate Certificate programs provide mid-career professionals a crucial level of flexibility, permitting students to maintain their career while completing an accredited Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program.  With options to concentrate your Master's in Public Health in Disaster Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management or Occupational and Environmental health; to pursue an online Master of Science in Public Health with a focus in Industrial Hygiene or to secure a Graduate Certificate in any of our offered concentrations, Tulane's programs offer unique opportunities to help you reach your professional and career goals. 
Visit for information on how to apply; we're currently accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2018! 

Featured Course Bundle: Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC)

The Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP): The Importance of Integrated Pest Management course bundle contains 11 online courses and emphasizes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread diseases, including Zika virus and others. VCEHP includes several courses particularly helpful for understanding and addressing Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Course offerings in the VCEHP bundle are listed below. For more information about the course bundle, please  click here.

VCEHP 101: Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance 1 hour
VCEHP 102: IPM Basics for Environmental Health Professionals 1 hour
VCEHP 103: Performance Assessment and Improvement of Vector Control Services 1 hour
VCEHP 104: Tick Biology and Control 1 hour 
VCEHP 105: Mosquito Biology and Control 1 hour
VCEHP 106: Toxicology of Pesticides for Environmental Health Professionals  1 hour
VCEHP 107: Rodent Management 1 hour
VCEHP 108: Public Health Insect Pests in Food & Housing Environments
1 hour
VCEHP 109: Pest Management Considerations for Schools
1 hour
VCEHP 110: Risk Communication Basics for Environmental Health Professionals
1 hour
VCEHP 111: Bed Bugs - Identification, Biology, and Control 1 hour
We Want To Hear From You!

Looking for more training on a specific topic in public health? Need additional training on a current public health hot topic? We want to help you address these needs. Please email us and let us know about your current training needs/interests/issues. We will evaluate our current trainings to see if we have something that can address your area of interest.

If we don't have the resources already available, we will look into the possibility of developing those resources for you. Please send us an email at and let us see if we can be of help. Thank you.
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