Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
September 2017 Newsletter
Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

The thoughts and prayers of the  Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center are with all affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma this summer.

You can help! If you'd like to contribute to the recovery effort, please visit  Tulane University's Center for Public Service Hurricane Relief Efforts and Resources page .

"The human capacity for burden is like bamboo - far more flexible than
you'd ever believe at first glance." - Jodi Picoult

LPS Student Highlight: Celina Martinez, New Mexico

Celina Martinez (center) 
Celina Martinez recently completed her traineeship at Presbyterian's Center for Community Health (PCCH) in Albuquerque, NM. PCCH primarily serves vulnerable communities throughout the Albuquerque Metro area, such as the South Valley and the International District. Martinez had the privilege of working on a combination of projects throughout summer 2017, such as helping out with a mobile farmers' market and conducting a descriptive analysis to assess a community's current health status. Celina was primarily involved in creating a resource guide/report for Presbyterian Healthcare System (PHS). This report summarized the best cultural competence practices within healthcare systems, provided a baseline assessment of PHS' own cultural competence practices and its current efforts in place to increase cultural diversity and awareness, and also provided data collection templates that will be used to collect data involving race, ethnicity, and language. Celina would like to thank the staff at PCCH, who she describes as "very kind and are truly committed to helping and serving the local communities." Being able to interact with communities' members directly, and being a part of the PCCH team, has reaffirmed Martinez's passion for public health. 

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 2018! 
Courses of Interest: Hurricane Preparedness 

Did you know? The Tulane Learning Management System offers a variety of hurricane preparedness-related courses. Course topics include first responder/health safety, patient care/triage, special needs patients/special populations, environmental health and disaster management.

A few courses have been highlighted below. For a complete list of hurricane preparedness-related courses, click here.

Disaster Responder Health and Safety 6 hours
Special Needs Populations in Disaster Response 6 hours 
Risk Communication in Public Health Emergencies 2 hours 
Transportation Triage during Emergencies 1 hour 
Environmental Sampling and Monitoring in a Disaster 4 hours
Cultural Competence in Emergencies  1 hour
Decision Making in Disasters: Lessons from the Field 8 hours
Lessons from the Storm: Crisis and Collaboration 2 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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