March 2020 Newsletter
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center is following public health best practices to limit contact in large groups and urging
students, faculty and staff to follow CDC guidelines for universities .

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Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) holds its 2020 Premier Public Health Conference
The Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) held its 2020 Premier Public Health Conference in Houston, Texas March 2-3, 2020. The theme of the conference was “Workforce Development in Public Health”. Speakers from the national, state and local arena provided information to more than 240 state and local public health professionals that sought to improve state and local health department practices in workforce development with the focus of maintaining, retaining and recruiting public health professionals. Conference presentations addressed factors that impact workforce retention, workforce satisfaction and offered program strategies to assist in the creation, or amendment of a workforce development plan for their organization based on regular assessment of workforce needs and gaps.
Day 1 of the conference begin with morning breakout sessions in six different professional areas. The Health Equity Workgroup was able to learn how Austin Public Health is infusing health equity into the culture of their workplace. The opening session began with an update from the Texas Workforce Commission on current trends for Texas. The deBeaumont Foundation then provided an update on the Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH-WINS) followed by state and local program best practice presentations.
On Day 2 of the conference, Dr. LuAnn White, Director of the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center, presented background information and preliminary results from the R6SCPHTC training needs assessment. This proved to be an excellent opportunity to share some of the work that the R6-SCPHTC is doing to provide relevant and timely training opportunities for the Region 6 public health workforce. Several county heath officers indicated there were SCPHTC courses they will have their employees take. TACCHO is a valued community-based training partner of the R6 Training Center and provides an important link between the Center and the local public health workforce throughout Texas
Dr. LuAnn White presents at TACCHO's
2020 Premier Public Health Conference
TACCHO's 2020 Premier Public Health Conference was held March 2-3, 2020 in Houston, Texas
In case you missed it:
Replay Tulane SPHTM Facebook Live Sessions on COVID-19
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) hosted a moderated panel titled "Understanding and Responding to the Novel Coronavirus" on February 14, 2020. This seminar included commentary from a variety of experts and was moderated by Dr. Ronald Blanton , chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine.

For a replay of the discussion, click here.
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Susan Hassig and Director of Admissions Sue Barrosse held a Facebook Live session titled "Behind the Numbers: Understanding the COVID19 Epidemic" on March 4, 2020.

For a replay of the discussion, click here .

CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need To Know About
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Help protect yourself and others from novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , your personal actions can make a difference.

Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes and stay away from people who are sick.

  • Try to avoid someone who is showing symptoms. (This is the other side of not spreading the disease, which is not catching it.)

  • If you’re 65 and older and live in areas where there is ongoing community spread, you should think about what actions you can take to reduce your exposures. 

For more information on COVID-19, visit CDC's Coronavirus Disease webpage .
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, primarily focused in Occupational and Environmental health topics, provide working 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 from wherever you are. 

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Course Spotlight:
Crisis Management

The purpose of the Crisis Management training is to understand the management issues in disaster and its outcomes through examining the crisis cycle involved in risk audit, mitigation, preparedness planning, impact of the crisis event, response and recovery. Exercises and discussion will be incorporated as part of the discussion of each of the crisis phases.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the crisis cycle

  • Distinguish between crises and the response to them

  • Define the stages in emergency preparedness planning

  • Understand the importance of mitigation in the planning and response to disaster

  • Determine the phases in management and response to a disaster

  • Explore the transition from response to recovery

For more information about
this training, please click here.
Featured Course Bundle:
Tribal Behavioral Health

The Tribal Behavioral Health curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and understanding to increase the knowledge of behavioral health in the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population and among tribal health departments, including issues and challenges — and organizations seeking to improve AI/AN behavioral health. 

The 4 courses included in this curriculum will cover several topics related to behavioral health in the AI/AN population, including historical trauma and current issues. Descriptions of some of the programs and organizations that are working to improve AI/AN behavioral health will also be presented.

Tribal Behavioral Health Course Bundle Trainings

  • Tribal Behavioral Health 101: Overview of American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health

  • Tribal Behavioral Health 102: Health Issues for American Indian/Alaska Native Men
  • Tribal Behavioral Health 103: The Opioid Epidemic and American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

  • Tribal Behavioral Health 104: Culture is Prevention!

For more information about the TBH
course bundle, click here .
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. 
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