September 2021 Newsletter
Category 4 Hurricane Ida Slams South Louisiana
'Total devastation' in south Lafourche, where Hurricane...

GOLDEN MEADOW - Jrew Lafont's dad built his second house strong enough to withstand the storm that took the first. But a bigger storm came on Sunday - one that people in south Lafourche Parish say is the worst to hit the area in generations.

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How to help people affected by Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the United States, has caused at least five deaths, and knocked out power in New Orleans amid extremely hot and humid weather.

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New Partner Spotlight: Reety Erwin
Please help us welcome Reety Erwin to the

Hello! I am Reety Erwin and I am so excited to be joining the
Oklahoma Public Health Training Center as the new Graduate Research Assistant. 

I am coming into the Hudson College of Public Health as a first-year student in the Master of Health Administration program. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations this past spring and I am excited to learn more about the impact I can make in this role. 
National Suicide Prevention Month:
Preventing Suicide
September is National Suicide Prevention Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo topic. Suicide is a leading cause of death reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2019, it was responsible for more than 47,500 deaths, which is about one death every 11 minutes. In a 2015 US transgender health survey, 40% of respondents indicated they had made at least one attempt to kill themself. More common was 82% indicated suicidal thoughts within their lifetime, 48% indicating suicidal thoughts within the last year, and alarmingly 24% planning a suicide in the last year.

The Sun is Going to Shine was recently published by John Oeffinger, our Texas lead at Texas Health Institute (THI). John seamlessly blends in personal stories with professional expertise to inspire us with concrete steps clinicians and people in the academic community can take to address suicidality. As Sarah Kapostasy, LPC, the clinical and social services director at Austin-based OutYouth notes, "the trigger warning that accompanies the post acknowledges two realities: we need to break through the stigma by talking about it, and, part of self-care in doing this work requires deciding when and how to process this information for ourselves." This is a timely post helping to illuminate a topic people do not want to discuss. One that may affect friends and family more than we realize.
Building A Culture of Resilience Resource Launches
The "Building A Culture of Resilience" online tool is a collection of micro-learnings and resources for building and cultivating resilience at the community, organizational, and personal level.
The goals of this online resource are to help support public health professionals in creating an environment where they can achieve success during times of increasing difficulty and overall challenges as well as to better equip individuals with practical actions and tools that can be applied in any environment, personal or professional by changing thoughts and behaviors in times of adversity and trauma. 

To access the Building a Culture of Resilience online tool, click here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s
12 Tips for a Health Fall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of healthy strategies to help prevent chronic disease this autumn. Tips include getting your flu shot, moving more and sitting less and scheduling annual screenings. Click here to download CDC's 12 Tips for a Healthy Fall.
12 Tips for a Healthy Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler and the leaves change color, use these 12 healthy strategies to help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Get Your Screenings Visit your doctor regularly for preventive...

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Course Spotlight:

Course Description: 

While there are several types of natural disasters that can affect the Southeastern region of the United States, the most common are hurricanes and flooding events, particularly here in Louisiana. The start of hurricane season, June 1st, coincides with when temperatures throughout Louisiana begin becoming uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, with average maximum temperatures climbing into the lower 90s (℉) and average maximum heat indexes climbing into the upper 90s (℉). Because temperature and humidity typically are high following a hurricane or flooding event, it is important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness as clean-up activities are undertaken.

In this course you will learn about heat stress and heat-related illness. You will learn how to identify vulnerable populations, associated risk factors, and the different forms of heat-related illness including signs and symptoms, predisposing factors, and recommended first aid for each form of illness. Finally, you will learn how to prevent heat stress and heat-related illness. Although most of the data and material in this course is presented in the context of workers and the work environment, it applies to everyone. As anyone involved in clean-up or response efforts after a major storm event can tell you, it is work, whether that work is done as an unpaid community volunteer, a citizen dealing with clean-up of their personal property, or as a paid employee of a company or other type of organization. The information found in this course applies to all of these scenarios.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how heat stress can lead to heat-related illness

  • Distinguish between the different types of heat-related illness

  • Understand how to prevent heat stress and heat-related illness

For more information about
this training, please click here.
Featured Course Bundle:
Texas Hurricane Response Hub (TxHRH)

The Texas Hurricane Response Hub bundle is an eight course curriculum designed for public health, first responder, emergency response and preparedness professionals, and healthcare practitioners.

Hurricane Harvey's experience, with added perspectives from Hurricanes Ike, Rita and Katrina, help us look at topics through the eyes of the people involved. You will also see stories by some of our sister projects and their Hurricane Irma or Maria experience. Practitioner family members will also benefit from some of our topics. Harvey illustrates how we are all in this together and can learn from each other.

Courses in the TxHRH course bundle include:

  • TxHRH101: Emergency Management and Public Health - Working Together to Prepare for Disaster - 1 hour

  • TxHRH102: Public Health’s Role During a Hurricane - 1 hour

  • TxHRH103: Protecting Your Physical and Mental Health: Before, During, and After a Disaster - 1 hour

  • TxHRH104: Resources Available When Mass Effect Incidents/Casualties Happen - 1 hour

  • TxHRH105: A Practical Guide to the Access and Functional Needs of Vulnerable Populations - 1 hour

  • TxHRH106: Communicating to the Public During a Hurricane or Other Disaster - 1 hour

  • TxHRH107: Maintaining Situational Awareness: Tools for Creating the Common Operating Picture (COP) Before, During, and After a Hurricane - 1.5 hours

  • TxHRH108: Public Health and Recovery: Roles, Responsibilities, and Expectations - 1 hour

For more information about this course bundle, please click here.
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. 
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