Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
October 2017 Newsletter
LMS Upgrade This Weekend (October 13-15, 2017)

The Tulane Learning Management System is scheduled to be upgraded this weekend,
October 13-15, 2017. During this time, users 
may not  be able to access the system (including courses, transcripts, etc).

We will let you know when the upgrade has been completed. We thank you for your patience as we continue to improve our system.

- Tulane LMS Staff
Partner News: Oklahoma LPS

(Oklahoma Public Health Training Center Team L-R:
Sameer Gopalani MPH, Munim H Deen MPH CPH,
Kerstin Reinschmidt PhD MPH, Amanda Janitz PhD,
Thomas Teasdale, DrPH)
The College of Public Health at  The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center LPS was awarded $1.2 million from the Oklahoma State Department of Health Civil Monetary Penalties Fund to implement a hands-on training that builds empathy and improves skills for dementia care.

Delivered at 120 nursing home locations throughout Oklahoma, the free "Step-Up for Dementia Care" program includes two curricula. "Walking Through Dementia" helps staff build daily care skills, increase understanding of the disease state, increase sensitivity toward residents living with dementia, and reduce their own care provider stress. "Bathing Without Battles" focuses on creating a better bathing experience for nursing home residents using non-pharmacological methods known to reduce agitation and aggressive behaviors. Additional "Train-the-Trainer" sessions for key staff use these curricula plus Tulane's SCPHTC-developed online training modules to ensure that facility staff can share and sustain the new knowledge as future employees are hired. Targeted quality measures include dementia-related deficiency citations, antipsychotic medication use, and deficiencies associated with abuse and neglect.
Partner Spotlight:  Yoonhwi Cho 

Yoonhwi Cho  
Yoonhwi Cho is the Project Coordinator for e-Learning and Transgender projects at Texas Health Institute (THI). Previously, Ms. Cho served as a Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6-SCPHTC) practicum student  (Summer 2016). While finishing up her MPH degree at Texas A&M University School of Public Health, Yoonhwi worked part-time for both THI and Harris County Public Health (HCPH). She was the Worksite Wellness Project Coordinator for the Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention division at HCPH. In this role, Yoonhwi designed an employee wellness project for Harris County Independent School Districts, focusing on increasing organizational support at the policy and environmental level. Her employee wellness project has been selected to be presented at the American Public Health Association 2017 annual conference.

At THI, Yoonhwi was responsible for developing last year's Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) state assessment report for Region 6 SCPHTC in 2016. The report assessed 26 local health departments in Texas on their knowledge, status, and attitude on PHAB accreditation. She will continue this work and develop the second annual PHAB state assessment report in 2017. Yoonhwi is also the primary author of the first six Transgender Learning Course Series, "Transgender Health 101: A Foundational Course on Transgender People and Public Health." She is also leading the development of the remaining five courses, in which topics vary from workplace inclusion to creating a competent healthcare environment for the Transgender population. Yoonhwi was the co-author of "Transgender Health Equity: Resilience and Support in Public Health and Beyond" article in NNPHI's Elevate Magazine in February 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 Disaster Management or Industrial Hygiene, 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 Spring & Summer 2018! 
Featured Course Bundle: VCEHP - The Importance of Integrated Pest Management

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 Zika virus and others. VCEHP includes several courses particularly helpful for understanding and addressing Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Course offerings in the VCEHP bundle are listed below. For more information about the course bundle, please   click here.

VCEHP 101: Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance 1 hour
VCEHP 102: IPM Basics for Environmental Health Professionals 1 hour
VCEHP 103: Performance Assessment and Improvement of Vector Control Services 1 hour
VCEHP 104: Tick Biology and Control 1 hour 
VCEHP 105: Mosquito Biology and Control 1 hour
VCEHP 106: Toxicology of Pesticides for Environmental Health Professionals  1 hour
VCEHP 107: Rodent Management 1 hour
VCEHP 108: Public Health Insect Pests in Food & Housing Environments
1 hour
VCEHP 109: Pest Management Considerations for Schools
1 hour
VCEHP 110: Risk Communication Basics for Environmental Health Professionals
1 hour
VCEHP 111: Bed Bugs - Identification, Biology, and Control 1 hour

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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