November 2019 Newsletter
Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center staff
attends regional and national conferences

Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center staff attended the 2019 Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) conference October 22-23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This year’s conference theme was “Creating the Healthiest State: For Science. For Action.
For Health.” 
The Oklahoma Public Health Association assists in protecting and promoting public health, provides for scientific advancement with the enlightenment of its members through the interchange of information, ideas, and experiences and advances the public health program
in the State of Oklahoma.
Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center staff attended the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo November 2-6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This year's annual meeting theme was "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For Action. For Health."
Dr. Alyssa Lederer, PhD, MPH, MCHES and R 6-SCPHTC Co-Principal Investigator, delivered a presentation on the d evelopment and implementation of a regional public health workforce
Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center
 staff attended the 2019
Health Education (TOSPHE ) conference October 24-25 in Houston, Texas. This year’s conference theme was “Achieving Health Equity Through Health Education."  
The Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) is a nonprofit professional association that represents a diverse membership of health education professionals and students across Texas.
An interview with R6-SCPHTC
Student Placement Alum Emily Hassey
Tell us about your background.
I went to Seton Hill University and received a degree in psychology. During my time there, I played NCAA Division II golf. Near the end of my undergraduate degree, I discovered my interest in public health and continued at Texas A&M University where I received my master’s in public health in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences.

How did you find out about the student placement opportunity?
John Oeffinger came to the Texas A&M Public Health intern fair and we immediately hit it off. Texas Health Institute’s passion for transgender healthcare and helping the LGBTQ+ community resonated with me and I knew I had to be an intern at THI.

What was the most beneficial thing about your student placement experience?
Being a part of the program planning and creating process. I was able to experience what it is truly like to start a project that has never been created before, which most students rarely get to experience. The staff at THI were incredibly welcoming and answered all questions that I had during my time.

What are you doing now? Did your student placement help you in your job search?
I am working at a residential treatment facility for children who have been experienced trauma, abuse, and neglect. There I assist in behavior change of these children so they can move into a normal home settling whether it is by fostering or adoption. Yes, my internship showed me how the most vulnerable populations are treated and I wanted to continue this by giving back to a population that I am passionate about helping.

What advice would you give to future student placement students?
Ask every question you have. The wonderful staff at Texas Health Institute went above and beyond to answer my questions as well as showed me real life experiences.
In The News: R6-SCPHTC Trainee Alum
Helps Plan Forum on Gun Violence & Racism
Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center trainee alum Gabriel Gaarden helped plan an upcoming forum on gun violence & racism at The University of New Mexico. "Creating A Safe Campus Environment: Preventing Gun Violence & Racism" will feature several speakers, action-oriented discussion, music, poetry and a candlelight vigil. The forum will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at UNM North Campus - Domenici NW 3740. For more information, click here .
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
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Course Spotlight:
Introducing Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals: Benefits, Legal, and Ethical Considerations

This training 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 include:

  • 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

For more information about this training,
please click here.
Featured Course Bundle:
Vector Control for Environmental Public Health Professionals (VCEHP)

The Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP): The Importance of Integrated Pest Management course bundle contains 11 online courses and emphasizes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread diseases, including the Zika virus and others. VCEHP includes several courses particularly helpful for understanding and addressing the Zika virus and other
mosquito-borne diseases.

Courses in the VCEHP bundle include:

  • Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance

  • IPM Basics for Environmental Health Professionals

  • Performance Assessment and Improvement of Vector Control Services
  • Tick Biology and Control

  • Mosquito Biology and Control

  • Toxicology of Pesticides for Environmental Health Professionals

  • Rodent Management
  • Public Health Insect Pests in Food & Housing Environments
  • Pest Management Considerations for Schools

  • Risk Communication Basics for Environmental Health Professionals
  • Bed Bugs - Identification, Biology, and Control

For more information about the VCEHP 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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