Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
November/December  2017 Newsletter
Pilot Testers Needed! 

The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center is currently looking for volunteer pilot testers for the first two courses in the Data Into Action for Tribes course bundle. Pilot testing will begin the first week of January 2018 and will last three weeks. The Data into Action for Tribes curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and understanding to increase the knowledge among tribal health departments of how to access available data from federal, state, and local resources for program planning surveillance, and data use. 

The two courses are: Introduction to Epidemiology and Publicly-Available Data Sources. Pilot testers may test one or both courses depending on your availability.  Please email  if you are interested in pilot testing these courses.. 

Year in Review - Oklahoma LPS 

2017 was a busy and fulfilling year for the Oklahoma local performance site of the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center based at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. We kicked off the year with the Region 6 meeting hosted by Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine - connecting with colleagues and learning more about the courses we are developing. Following this meeting, we selected the stipend award winners for the year. All of our applicants were very competitive, and it was a tough final decision. All of our stipend winners completed outstanding practicums throughout Oklahoma that made meaningful and lasting changes in their settings.  Projects areas of focus included tobacco cessation among those with severe mental illness, improving Hepatitis C estimation in Native Americans, improving public health policy for food pantries, and increasing Pap smear and HPV vaccination rates in the Hispanic population. These varied projects all fit with our general focus on behavioral health, Native Americans, and vulnerable populations. Additionally, our student-faculty collaborative project was a thorough analysis of Oklahoma health departments and agencies' experiences with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accreditation process.

By the end of this year, we will completed ten courses and a further six lessons for the Tulane Learning Management System (LMS). These courses, all of which will be available free of charge, cover various aspects of gerontology, turning data into action, tribal health, and behavioral health. In collaborating with various subject matter experts for these courses, we built new relationships and cemented existing ones with partners throughout Oklahoma and beyond, including the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Cherokee Nation, and the Oklahoma Department of Securities. One of these partners is the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA). At their 2017 annual meeting, we presented a well-received poster highlighting our work and all the various trainings available on the LMS.

Additionally we've added two new members to our team, and are now five faculty members and two graduate students. We are all proud of all we've been able to achieve this year and look forward to building on our success.

Year in Review - Texas LPS

The Texas Public Health Training Center led by Texas Health Institute, a Local Performance Site for the Region 6, South Central Public Health Training Center, expanded its engagement network, practicum student capacity and course development capacity during 2016-2017.

Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine organized the second Region 6 meeting to organize activities and introduce the new course development process. The meeting set course and practicum student experience priorities for 2017. Most importantly, the meeting enabled the principals at from the three LPS's to meet with Tulane's staff and contractors to refine the course development process and set goals.

Texas Health Institute, working with Harris County Public Health, Equality Texas Foundation, and University of Texas School of Public Health (San Antonio), facilitated well received practicum experiences. Topic areas Chagas, PHAB accreditation, creating online learning courses, and organizing the Family Dinner Day for a large health department. THI also employed one of the 2016 MPH Practicum students as full-time employee.

THI will have ten 1-hour courses completed by May, 2018. Courses include a Behavioral Health Challenges, a six course Transgender Learning Series in Public Health with a focus on behavioral health, Oral Health, LGBT healthcare research and the importance of PHAB in Public Health. The content for each course is developed by subject matter expert teams that include public health practitioners, community stakeholders, MPH Practicum students, and healthcare professionals. Teams range in size from five to twenty-five and include more than forty-five individuals. These teams have cemented relationships with Texas City and County Health Officials (TACCHO), Equality Texas Foundation, People's Community Clinic, Kind Clinic, Texas A&M University School of Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Memorial Hermann Health System, The Montrose Center, and Harris County Public Health. Presentations have been made to National Association of Social Workers - Texas, Texas Primary Care and Medical Home Summit, Public Health Learning Network, and National Network of Public Health Institute's Annual Conference. Listening sessions were conducted in Dallas and Houston.

We also conducted the second PHAB Survey with TACCHO and its forty-three-member local health departments. The survey, led by one of our MPH Practicum student, developed a comprehensive report to better understand where Texas local health department are in seeking PHAB accreditation. The practicum experience included key information discussions with local health department leaders and accreditation coordinators involved in PHAB accreditation.

We are all proud of the work we have completed. We believe we are positioned to have an excellent 2017-2018 year building upon the work completed in 2016-2017.

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: Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC)

Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) is a comprehensive package of courses for environmental public health practitioners. The 15 courses are taught by experts in their field and include information on various roles and responsibilities of environmental public health staff. Target audiences include: new-hire environmental public health professionals; individuals preparing for a state or national credential exam; environmental health and other students; and environmental public health professionals wanting to improve their technical knowledge. Additional information on EPHOC is available at

This bundle of courses is designed to be used as a study guide for the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) exam.

Note: At this time there isn't an official certificate awarded for completing all 15 courses. 

E001: General Environmental Health 3 hours
E002: Statutes and Regulations 3 hours
E003: Food Protection 4 hours
E004: Potable Water 6 hours 
E005: Wastewater 4 hours
E006: Solid and Hazardous Materials 3 hours
E007: Hazardous Materials 1 hour
E008: Zoonoses, Vectors, Pests and Weeds 4 hours
E009: Radiation Protection
2 hours
E010: Occupational Safety and Health
1 hour
E011: Air Quality and Environmental Noise 2 hours
E012: Housing Sanitation and Safety 3 hours
E013: Institutions and Licensed Establishments 3 hours
E014: Swimming Pools and Recreational Facilities 3 hours
E015: Disaster Sanitation 5 hours

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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