Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
June 2017 Newsletter
Region 6 SCPHTC partner & mentee study drug use
in New Mexico

Hayley Peterson & Noell Stone
Noell Stone, MPH, Senior Research Scientist and lecturer with the University of New Mexico College of Population Health, and mentee Hayley Peterson (Region 6 PHTC 2016 Trainee) are partnering with the Substance Abuse Epidemiology Section (SAES) of the New Mexico Department of Health to understand drug use in rural and urban New Mexico. The team was granted funding from the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) to evaluate a novel surveillance system for substance abuse in the state using the NMDOH Harm Reduction Syringe Services Program database and other resources in order to estimate heroin and methamphetamine use, transference from prescription opioids to heroin and initiation of methamphetamine use.This information will primarily be used to better provide substance abuse prevention services in the state and will also be provided to epidemiologists at other health departments to inform the usefulness of using syringe services data for public health surveillance. The team presented their work at the annual CSTE meeting in Boise, Idaho this June 2017.

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First Responder Preparedness

Topics covered in the  First Responder Preparedness course bundle include  communication, field exercises, handling chemical agents and biological response preparedness. 

The First Responder Preparedness course bundle consists of the following courses:
Recognition and Safe Handling of Chemical Terrorist Agents 2 hours 
Practice-based Scenarios for Recognition, Detection and
Exposure Assessment of Chemical Terrorist Agents
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