Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
March 2018  Newsletter
New Mexico student thankful for Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Traineeship

Lauren Freeman
New Mexico student recently reflected on her R6 traineeship; her thoughts are listed below.

"I am honored to have been awarded a graduate student traineeship funded by the Division of Public Health Workforce Development at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and University of New Mexico. I was assigned to work closely with the New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA) co-presidents to provide assistance and support to their annual conference planning process. Within a short six months , I have learned practical and technical skills that are relevant and useful to my future profession. I have also had the opportunity to network and meet professionals across disciplines, organizations, and areas of the state. I have also had the pleasure of learning about different public health topics, services, and areas of the profession that I was not aware of. Specifically, I learned about the steps necessary to plan a state-wide conference and how to execute a successful abstract submission process. Under the leadership and guidance of my preceptors, my hands-on experience throughout the conference planning process has been, without question, invaluable . I am grateful to have been able to contribute to the improvement of the planning process for a successful conference that is vital in connecting multidisciplinary public health professionals from across the state to improve the quality of life of New Mexicans.
The traineeship has taken me directly from a textbook experience to a practical real-life professional experience that revealed to me a public health perspective that I would otherwise not have had nor could have imagined. During graduate school, it is often easy to imagine that others are the "movers and shakers" within public health and that they develop ideas that come alive for the greater good of the public. However, this time, I was able to be one of those movers and shakers due to this opportunity and the incredible mentorship from my preceptors. I was given the responsibility to accomplish tasks that I have never accomplished before and I have come away from this experience with a great sense of professional self-efficacy.
Now that I have successfully completed this traineeship, I will now pursue my profession in New Orleans, Louisiana with an extra layer of confidence and set of skills. Thank you to everyone for making this possible for me!" -    Lauren Freeman, MPH Candidate 2018, MSW Candidate 2020
Transgender Health 101 course launches

The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center is pleased to announce the addition of Transgender Health 101 to the Tulane Learning Management System. Transgender Health 101: A Foundation Course on Transgender People and Public Health is the first of six courses in our Transgender Health Learning Series. Transgender Health 101 and Transgender Health 102 serve as prerequisite courses for the advanced, specialized courses found in Transgender Health 103 - 106. 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.

Learning objectives for the Transgender Health 101 course are listed below:
  • 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.
If you are interested in enrolling in this training, please click here

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: Leadership Development

The Leadership Development course bundle  is an online version of the highly successful South Central Public Health Leadership Institute. The online version aims to enhance and develop leadership skills in participants through education and individual change and growth.  The course bundle stresses application of core functions to public health issues, and translation of leadership skills  into  tools for community empowerment. The goals of the program are to:
  • Effect individual growth and change
  • Develop leadership skills among participants
  • Apply leadership skills and techniques in public health practice
  • Improve organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and equity
  • Develop collaborative partnerships to generate healthy communities
  • Develop the skills to create online learning environments conducive to program outcomes
For more information about the Leadership Development course bundle, please click here

Course Title
Contact Hours
Transition from Management to Leadership 1
Futures Methods for Public Health Leaders 2
Creating a Context for Change: Leading through Organizational Development 4
Decision Making: A Systematic and Organized Approach 2
Managerial Communications 2
Civic Engagement 2
Community Partnerships and Perspectives - Intermediate Level 6
Collaboration: The Key to Public Health System Improvement 5
Managing and Motivating Effective Public Health Performance 7
Diversity Leadership: A Strategic Approach 1
Ethics and Public Health: How Public Health Reacts Ethically in a Disaster 4
Risk Communication: Best Practices for Communicating Effectively
in High Stress Situations
Crisis Management: Critical Thinking in Crisis Preparation 2
Resilient Leadership: Building an Organizational Culture of Resilience 2
Coaching and Mentoring: Learning with and from Others 3
Evaluating Effectiveness in Public Health at the Individual and Organizational Level 2
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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