July 2019 Newsletter
Tulane University and Louisiana Public Health Institute collaborate on Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub (LA-HRH)
Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is one of five regional technical assistance centers for the Hurricane Response Hub (HRH)  initiative led by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) . Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this national program aims to enhance disaster-related recovery efforts in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria by building disaster-related public health workforce capacity

Through the Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub , LPHI will lead information coordination to build the public health workforce’s capacity in disaster surveillance, environmental and occupational health, and mental health resilience and support. LPHI is utilizing the Tulane Learning Management System (LMS) to provide free online hurricane, emergency, and public health preparedness-related courses for first responders and the public health workforce.

For more information about the Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub, please visit the LA-HRH website . A dditional items of interest are available via LA-HRH's monthly newsletter and social media accounts ( Facebook and Twitter).
The Introducing Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals: Benefits, Legal, and Ethical Considerations training is now available on the Tulane Learning Management System . This course provides public health professionals, students, Tribes and Tribal-serving organizations with information, tools, and resources on the use and function of Service Animals, Therapy Animals, Emotional Support Animals, and pets.

Course learning objectives are listed below:
  • Recognize the breadth and depth of the field of Service Animals
  • Explain the differences between, and benefits of, Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Therapy Animals and pets
  • Describe the advantages of the use of Service Animals in today’s society, including current evidence-based research
  • Define the current laws/regulations
  • Recognize legal/ethical considerations for professional interactions with individuals using Service Animals

Interested in taking this training? Click here to enroll.
New Partner Spotlight: Amy Dixit-Moffa, PhD, MPH
Please help us welcome Amy Dixit-Moffa, PhD, MPH to to the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center team!

Amruta (Amy) Dixit-Moffa is an epidemiologist and the student development director at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center , where she has worked since January 2017. Prior to earning her PhD in epidemiology in at the University of California, Irvine , Amy worked on malaria and schistosomiasis research projects in western Kenya, gaining skills and expertise in spatiotemporal and infectious disease epidemiology. During the course of her time with AASTEC, Amy has been able to expand her interests and skills in community engagement, survey design, and implementation. Over the past two years, Amy has given several presentations on opioid misuse trends in the AI/AN community and more recently, worked to organize a tribal public health emergency preparedness conference for tribal partners. She has also developed a regional injury profile for the AI/AN population served by AASTEC. 

Though Amy will always be a California transplant, she and her husband now think of New Mexico as home and use every opportunity to explore all that it has to offer--- often, with the world’s best dog in tow.
Are you looking to advance your career in Public Health and improve your earning potential?   Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's online Master's degrees in Public Health and Graduate Certificate program s, focused in Occupational and Environmental health, 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; pursue an online Master of Science in Public Health with a focus in Industrial Hygiene; or 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   https://caeph.tulane.edu/content/request-info   for information on how to apply. Applications for the Fall 2019 semester are currently being accepted.
Course Spotlight:
Disaster Responder Health
and Safety

The Disaster Responder Health and Safety course will address concerns for the health and safety of first responders involved in the response to natural disasters including hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods and will include the identification of specific hazards associated with these type events. A number of topics will be covered including heat stress; injuries from working around debris and on unstable surfaces; dust; confined spaces; chemicals and contaminated flood and standing waters; electrical hazards; infectious diseases; food-borne, water-borne, insect-borne and animal-borne diseases of concern; animal and insect hazards; and traumatic stress injuries.

This training addresses public health and first responder health and safety issues when responding to man-made or natural disaster events. This past spring’s violent tornado outbreak left a wave of destruction and created numerous physical hazards and public health concerns throughout the Southeast region, including downed power lines, housing debris, tainted water, exposure to temperature extremes, exposure to hazardous materials, and psychosocial concerns. This course will discuss best practices and lessons learned taken from public health responses to these types of events.

For more information about
this training,   please click here .
Featured Course Bundle:
First Responder Preparedness

The First Responder Preparedness course bundle covers subjects in communication, field exercises, handling chemical agents and biological response preparedness.

Trainings included in this bundle are:

  • 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,  
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. 
Please send us an email at   r6-phtc@tulane.edu   and let us see if we can be of help.