Kristine Tollestrup retires from UNM

Kristine Tollestrup

After 29 years of service for The University of New Mexico, Kristine Tollestrup, PhD, MPH has decided to retire. Dr. Tollestrup shared her wealth of knowledge as a leader in behavioral ecology, epidemiology and maternal child health with the College of Population Health.

During her career at UNM, Dr. Tollestrup served as the director of the Master of Public Health program (2007 - 2016), the director for the graduate education programs (2016 - 2020), and the interim director of the undergraduate education programs (2018 – 2020), as well as being a professor (2015 – 2022) within the College of Population Health. Dr. Tollestrup’s legacy ripples across the years as the impact of her efforts will be felt for decades to come, and lives most strongly in the alumni she served. Throughout the decades of leadership at UNM, Dr. Tollestrup remained focused on the success of the students and that of the community.

Dr. Tollestrup has been a part of the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center since 2014. She enjoyed working with all of the different partners over the many years. Noell Stone, MPH, will be taking over as the principal investigator for the University of New Mexico site.

We thank Dr. Tollestrup for her dedication to our students and alumni, to the College of Population Health, her numerous contributions to public health, to education at The University of New Mexico and for her contributions to the R6-SCPHTC.

Going to APHA 2023?

Stop by the Public Health Training Center Network (PHTCN) Booth!

We know determining travel, time, and payment for conferences

can be challenging!

For those of you who are traveling to Atlanta for the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo November 12-15, 2023, we hope you will say hello to members of the Public Health Training Center Network (PHTCN) at a presentation, poster session, or our exhibit booth at the Georgia World Congress Center at Booth 1420

See the list of Public Health Training Center Network sessions here!

PHTCN staff are always happy to discuss how we can support your workforce and infrastructure needs with our many existing trainings and training development.   

Thank you to the public health workforce for all you do

to support public health in your communities!

November is National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month.

This month commemorates the history, heritage, and culture of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. The vast achievements of America’s original indigenous people are acknowledged and celebrated during November.

Learn more about National Native American Heritage Month

by visiting the resources below.

National Native American Heritage Month - For Teachers

Paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

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6 ways to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Learn how to recognize and celebrate Native and Indigenous voices and experiences this Native American Heritage Month.

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National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each year in November. It is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation.

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Sharon Shaw selected as new Executive Director of

Texas Association of City & Council Health Officials (TACCHO)

Sharon Shaw

The Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) Executive Leadership Team and members are pleased to announce that Sharon Shaw has been selected to serve as their new Executive Director, effective November 1, 2023. Ms. Shaw will be stepping into the role currently held by tenured departing Executive Director, Jennifer Smith. 

Ms. Smith has a 42-year history of public health service and assisted in the development of TACCHO in 2014. “Jennifer has guided TACCHO through prosperous and contentious times in public health, and we are forever grateful for her leadership,” states Denton County Public Health Director,

Dr. Matt Richardson, TACCHO President. 

As the new Executive Director, Shaw brings over 30 years of local public health and healthcare system experience to TACCHO. As the recently retired Administrator of the Angelina County & Cities Health District, Sharon has a distinguished career of innovative work with a vast array of partners in the public and private sectors. “We look forward to working alongside Sharon to further expand the TACCHO vision for the future,” says Dr. Richardson.

Thank you for your service to the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center, Jennifer! Welcome to the R6-SCPHTC Team, Sharon!

Thanksgiving Holidays - November 23-24, 2023

The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center and Tulane University will be closed on November 23-24, 2023 in observance of Thanksgiving.


During this time, technical support for the Tulane PACE Learning Management System will be delayed. If you require technical support, please email us.


The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center

wishes everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!


“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.” - Johannes A. Gaertner

Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) hosts

first in-person conference since COVID-19 pandemic

OPHA Conference Planning Chair, Mareyba Fawad, MPH (back row, middle) with student volunteer group. Photo credit: Drew Dobyne

With great success, the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) held their first in-person annual conference since the COVID-19 pandemic September 24 & 25.

Because of our generous sponsors and distinguished presenters, our guests learned the 'state of the state' related to various domains of health. We also featured multiple research and poster sessions, and celebrated community health champions in our annual awards ceremony.


At that time, OPHA welcomed new leadership including Section, Caucus, & Committee Chairs and board officer changes included incoming President, Tracy Freudenthaler, PhD, MPH and Wendi Middleton, PhD as President-Elect

Congratulations and welcome Dr. Freudenthaler and Dr. Middleton!

Course Spotlight:

Facing Fear: Crisis Communication and Disaster Behavioral Health

The fields of crisis communication and disaster behavioral health have knowledge that can be mutually beneficial when disaster strikes. In the aftermath of a disaster, effective communication with the public plays a critical role in determining whether or not the public adheres to recommendations from officials. Understanding how individuals and groups behave in emergencies allows for messaging that is more likely to be understood and acted upon. In turn, effective messages can minimize helplessness and foster resilience.

This course will discuss disaster mental health myths that can be expected in media coverage and which should be dispelled when possible. It will examine the ways in which psychological responses to disasters influence people’s behaviors. Principles of crisis communications will also be reviewed. Finally, the areas in which communication can address psychological and behavioral responses will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to list basic assumptions about life that are violated by disasters

  • Be able to outline factors that influence people’s assessment of risk and their level of fear

  • Be familiar with principles of crisis communication

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.

Courses in Tribal Behavioral Health bundle include:

  • 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.

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