May 2021 Newsletter
Save the Date - Oklahoma Partners in Public Health Conference
Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) and Oklahoma Turning Point Council are combining efforts this year to bring all the Oklahoma Partners in Public Health Conference. The conference is will be held virtually September 21-22, 2021. Conference registration will open very soon.

Proposals for presentations/abstracts are currently being accepted until Wednesday, June 30, 2021. For more information, please click here.
Upcoming Webinar:
Applying Science Driving Infection Control Operations to
Large-Scale Mass Vaccination Sites
Join us for a three-part webinar series focusing on infection control and mass vaccination sites. Cross-pollinating traditional clinical medicine and emergency response disciplines with exposure and environmental health sciences, including industrial hygiene, are crucial to enhancing local and state-level Emergency Support Function 8 – Public Health and Medical Services as well as the emergency management enterprise pre- and post-disaster. As such, this webinar series will feature experts in infection control, public health emergency preparedness and management, and industrial hygiene.

In the final webinar of the series, speakers will identify lessons learned and science-driven operations to securely operate a large-scale mass vaccination sites. Information related to operational challenges including logistics and infection prevention and control strategies will be discussed. Topical content areas will include core principles of exposure management used in occupational and environmental health practice as well as definitions and example applications of engineering and administrative exposure control strategies. The use and selection of personal protective equipment will also be discussed as it relates to the preferred hierarchy of exposure controls used in Industrial and Occupational Hygiene practice.

"Applying Science Driving Infection Control Operations to Large-Scale Mass Vaccination Sites" will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Speakers include Lina Moses, PhD and Mark Wilson, PhD, CIH. Registration is free. To register for the webinar, please click here.
Hurricane Preparedness Week - May 9-15, 2021
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. For hurricane preparedness tips and resources, please click here
Course Spotlight:
Data Into Action for Tribes: Conducting A Health
Community Assessment

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction on how to conduct a community needs assessment and how to develop the needs assessment report. This course will provide basics of community assessments, describe several available toolkits for developing a community needs assessment, and describe the basics of writing up the results of the community needs assessment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define a Community Health and Needs Assessment

  • Describe the purpose of conducting Community Health and Needs Assessments

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of toolkits available for conducting community needs assessments

For more information about
this training, please click here.
Featured Course Bundle:
Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub (LAHRH)

The Louisiana Hurricane Response Hub (LaHRH) curriculum was developed by the Louisiana Office of Public Health to provide general guidance and training to the public health workforce, response workers, volunteers, and community members who face hazards that arise after hurricanes and floods occur in Louisiana. The courses will increase awareness, understanding, and preparedness of events and hazards associated with hurricanes and floods in Louisiana communities. 

The 4 courses in this curriculum cover topics related to general safety and health considerations, heat-related illness, private water wells, and mold exposure. Local resources related to Louisiana hurricane preparedness and recovery are provided to strengthen community awareness and resilience.

Courses in the LaHRH course bundle include:

  • LaHRH 101: After the Hurricane: Potential Hazards and Disaster Recovery - 1 hour
  • LaHRH 102: Mold Exposure and Health Effects - 1 hour

  • LaHRH 103: Heat-Related Illness - Risk Factors, Types & Prevention - 1 hour

  • LaHRH 104: Protecting Your Private Well Water - 1 hour

For more information about this course bundle, please click here.
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