September 2019 Newsletter
University of New Mexico MPH student reflects on her experience at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
The Public Health Training Center (PHTC) traineeship opportunity at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC) has provided me with a new skillset and an overall valuable experience working in the Public Health realm. As a current MPH student, I was able to expand upon my coursework in Biostatistics and Epidemiology - from analyzing data to creating factsheets . I was able to apply my knowledge to projects I was passionate about. Specifically, I was able to work towards finding solutions to help resolve the opioid epidemic in Indian Country and help provide useful information on medication assisted treatment (MAT) to American Indian/Alaska Native peoples. Having an experience like this has allowed me to form strong connections with public health professionals and with members of the tribal communities AASTEC serves. Most importantly, this internship has renewed my sense of purpose and dedication to serving
American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

- Lenora Waconda, University of New Mexico, MPH student
Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) to hold
annual conference October 22-23, 2019
Celebrate 80 years of the Oklahoma Public Health Association! OPHA will hold its annual conference at the River Spirit Hotel in Tulsa October 22-23, 2019.

This year's conference theme is “Creating the Healthiest State: For Science. For Action. For Health. ” For complete conference details (including featured speakers, sessions and registration information), please click here .
#SpeakforHealth: Oral Health in
Region VI Rural Areas 

In celebration of National Public Health Week (April 1-7, 2019), Region VI representatives of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and state affiliates submitted papers that were published in the Texas Public Health Journal , a peer-reviewed publication of the Texas Public Health Association. These papers focused on oral health issues in rural areas of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Region VI representatives are recirculating these articles so public health professionals will utilize to educate Congressional delegates and other decision makers in their home states and/or in Washington DC. 

Please help spread the word! Twee t #SpeakforHealth to expand the reach of these public health issues in Region VI. The American Public Health Association will host its annual meeting November 2-6, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. Visit for more information.

Featured articles : Oral Health in Rural Louisiana, Geriatric Oral Health, Texas Tooth Steps, A Model of Collaborative Dental Public Health Community Outreach and Oral Health in Oklahoma Rural Communities

- Marisa New, MPH, OTR, Regional ARGC Rep, Oklahoma Public Health Association
In The News: Student Placement Alumna
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Helen Waller, a graduate student in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, boarded a Startup Bus bound for New Orleans as part of a team that would develop a tech startup concept, create original software and secure new users - all...

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Course Spotlight:
Transgender Health 102: Transgender Patient-Provider Relationships

The Transgender Patient-Provider Relationships training reviews behavioral health issues pertaining to transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex individuals. This course is designed for health care, behavioral health, and public health practitioners administrators, and leaders who wish to enhance their capacity to serve the transgender community in their practice.

Transgender Health 102 Learning Objectives:

  • Identify components to provide culturally friendly and culturally competent transgender healthcare

  • Define key terms including: gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, transgender, gender non-binary, intersex, and cisgender

  • Describe the elements to create a transgender-inclusive physical environment in a clinic or hospital

  • Recognize how overall healthcare experience of transgender patients is derived from healthcare provider-patient interactions, staff-patient interactions, and the physical environment of a healthcare organization

For more information about the
Transgender Health 102 training, click here.
Featured Course Bundle:
First Responder Preparedness

The First Responder Preparedness curriculum covers communication, field exercises,
handing of chemical agents and
biological response preparedness. 

Trainings in this bundle include:
  • Recognition and Safe Handling of Chemical Terrorist Agents (2 hours)

  • Practice-based Scenarios for Recognition, Detection and Exposure Assessment of Chemical Terrorist Agents (3 hours)

  • Biological Response Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services (4 hours)

  • Communication Gap: Linking First Responders and First Receivers (3 hours)

  • Planning, Implementation and Exploitation of a Field Exercise (6 hours)

For additional information about the
First Responder Preparedness
course bundle, click here .
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