September 2022 Newsletter

University of New Mexico MPH Student Reflects on Field Placement Experience 

Nayeem Khan

As a Master of Public Health student at the University of New Mexico, I successfully completed my fieldwork practicum program this past summer. My Practicum site was the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) of The University of the New Mexico Health Sciences Center. At CTSC, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator under the supervision of the Clinical Research Manager. CTSC supports high quality collaborative translational science to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical translational research; and create, provide, and disseminate domain-specific translational science training and workforce development. The vision for CTSC is to catalyze scientific discovery into improved health by enabling high quality clinical and translational research (CTR). As a clinical research coordinator, I was responsible for coordinating and administering a funded research study/activity or group of associated activities. I also assisted in project planning, and ensured that pre-established work scope, study protocol, and regulatory requirements were followed. I recruited and coordinated research subjects, as appropriate, and served as principle administrative liaison for the project.

Collaboration Leading to Addiction Treatment and Recovery from Other Stresses (CLARO) is one of the projects I worked on during my field placement. This project is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions by providing collaborative care to patients with co-occurring opioid use disorder and a mental health problem (depression and/or PTSD). An additional goal of CLARO is to determine how this type of intervention is best implemented and sustained in a resource constrained setting (e.g. New Mexico). When problems with substance use or mental health are not identified and/or treated, it can hold people back from doing everyday tasks such as holding a job, having good relationships, parenting children, managing personal finances, and taking care of one’s health. A lot of people who have problems with substance use do not get the treatment they need. The results of this project will be used to improve substance use services at this clinic and within the community. We hope the project will benefit the community long after the research has ended. My work on this project included outreach, recruitment, coordination, and communication with participants, ensure eligibility requirements were met, conduct participant interviews, and data collection and quality assurance. This practicum has helped grow my professional and real world experiences in Public Health.

HRSA’s 10 Regional Public Health Training Centers

Refunded and Rebranded as

the Public Health Training Center Network!

We are a consortium of regional Public Health Training Centers that collectively represent the nation’s most comprehensive resource for public health workforce development. While our individual Center work is tailored to meet the needs of those in our respective regions, we collaborate to sustain a skilled public health workforce by providing access to world-class professional development, experiential learning, and consulting and technical assistance.

We are excited to announce that all 10 centers in the Public Health Training Center Network (PHTCN) were awarded funding by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a new grant cycle (2022-2026).

In the spirit of continuous growth and improvement, the PHTCN is entering this grant cycle with updated branding. We may have a new look and feel, but we still aim to develop and deliver high quality training and learning resources for the public health workforce across the nation. 

For information about each of the 10 PHTCs and to learn about upcoming public health training events and student stipends in your region, visit their websites:

Stay tuned! Over the next few months we will develop a new website and other tools

to share the stories of our collective work and impact.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. It was responsible for nearly 46,000 deaths in 2020. In 2020, an estimated 12.2 million adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million made a plan, and 1.2 million attempted suicide."

Listed below are several resources and strategies for suicide prevention.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

Please call all or text 988 for assistance. 

Resources for Suicide Prevention

Below are resources for suicide prevention among children, youth, and young adults. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

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Prevention Strategies

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have long-lasting effects on individuals, families, and communities. The good news is that suicide is preventable. Preventing suicide requires strategies at all levels of society. This includes prevention and protective strategies for individuals, families, and communities.

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Course Spotlight: Revive.Survive.OverDose Prevention for Prescribers

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to provide general training and build capacity for prescribers regarding the opioid epidemic, signs of overdoses, naloxone, and harm reduction.

The Revive. Survive. OverDose Prevention program works within the Prevention Department at Odyssey House LA. Their goal is to address and alleviate the impact the opioid epidemic has on the New Orleans community. Valuable examples will be provided on what steps Louisiana has taken to address the epidemic.

The Revive. Survive. OverDose Prevention curriculum is designed to provide general guidance and training to prescribers, pharmacists, clients, and community members on the overview of the opioid epidemic, naloxone administration and access, and tools to address the needs of individuals suffering with addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what is Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and the severity of the opioid epidemic
  • Recognize the signs of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone
  • Describe the laws and regulations that protect you as a prescriber when prescribing Naloxone and as a bystander when administering Naloxone
  • Understand your biases on addiction and how stigmatizing language may affect individuals from receiving proper care
  • Recognize examples of harm reduction methods based on harm reduction principles and how it relates to the stages of change

For more information about this training,

please click here.

Featured Course Bundle: Leadership Communication

Course Bundle Description:

Upon completion of the Leadership Communication course bundle, learners will be able to demonstrate written and oral communication skills that are needed as a leader or manager in the public health setting. No matter how effective a leader or manager a leader is, this bundle is designed to refresh and refine the communication skills needed to succeed in today's fast-paced and stressful public health environment. Issues that are covered in the course bundle include: negotiation, conflict resolution, writing techniques, presentation skills, indirect communication styles such as facial expressions and body postures, and the use of media in times of disaster. There are five courses required for this course bundle.

Trainings in the Leadership Communication course bundle include:

  • Managerial Communications
  • Risk Communication in Public Health Emergencies
  • Negotiating Skills for Changing Times
  • Leadership Management Communication
  • Productive Communication Skills

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. Email us!

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