Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center Newsletter
Summer 2017 Newsletter
New Mexico Student Feature - Mary Carmody

(L to R) Mary Carmody, Noell Stone,
Laurel McCloskey
The summer of 2017 has been busy for the Region 6 Public Health Training Center Local Performance Site (LPS) located at the University of New Mexico College of Population Health. Graduate Assistant Mary Carmody, a second-year master of public health student, has worked on a project with director Dr. Kristine Tollestrup and Senior Research Scientist Noell Stone during a break in coursework this semester. Mary's efforts to evaluate the training needs of stakeholder groups, public health professionals and managers in the state have included collaboratively aligning several data collection instruments, developing a key informant interview guide and a survey database using EpiInfo, as well as supporting manuscript development and expanding her professional network. In addition to working with the LPS staff, Mary also completed her practicum with a coalition focused on improving public health surveillance for domestic violence using novel data sources and community outreach.
During her stint with the New Mexico LPS, Mary attended the Twentieth Anniversary Celebration of the New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco, where she had the opportunity to meet various local and regional decision maker, including Laurel McCloskey, Executive Director of the New Mexico Chronic Disease Prevention Council. The Council is a host site for New Mexico PHTC trainees and remains a valued partner as we work to improve skills and opportunities for our public health workforce. The New Mexico LPS is pleased to highlight our local partner the NM CDPC as well as Mary's work with us as she continues her important work in violence prevention and finishes her graduate degree in community health.

Camille Miller, MSSW, President/CEO of Texas Health Institute (THI) to retire this fall.

Camille Miller
The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center extends our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Camille Miller, MSSW, President/CEO of the Texas Health Institute, for her many years of outstanding service in public health and the three years she has worked with our team. Camille has chaired the Region 6 SCPHTC Practice Advisory Board and been a tireless advocate for our program and our work. Texas Health Institute is one of our three Local Performance Sites and her leadership has been exemplary.
Camille has been THI's President/CEO since 1996. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and social work at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously Camille gained extensive experience in policy research and development while she served three Texas governors, two lieutenant governors, a state comptroller, and state senator. Previously, Camille supervised legislative interim studies on medically fragile children, reorganization of health and human services, and conducted a comprehensive study of Medicaid in Texas as chief of staff for the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services
Camille's leadership enabled THI to play a comprehensive and sustaining role in meeting the organization's mission to "make a difference by improving the health of people and their communities." She made a difference in people's lives through THI's programs that span the United States having an impact in our country and internationally. Camille is a former National Network of Public Health Institutes's Board Chair and long-time advocate for public health. Her dedication and meaningful contributions span several decades.  We are pleased that THI's board awarded Camille the honor of President Emeritus and voting member of the Executive Committee and Board. We wish Camille well in her retirement with her biggest cheerleader, confidant, and love of her life - her husband Bill. What better way to celebrate their 34th anniversary than to spend more time with each other, their family, and friends.

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Featured Course Bundle
Leadership Communication

After completing the Leadership Communication course bundle, users will be able to demonstrate written and oral communication skills that are essential for a leader/manager in the field of public health. 

Topics covered in this bundle include negotiation, conflict resolution, writing techniques, presentation skills, indirect/non-verbal communication styles and the use of media in times of disaster.

The Leadership Communication course bundle consists  of the following courses:
Managerial Communications 2 hours 
Risk Communication in Public Health Emergencies 2 hours 
Negotiating Skills for changing Times 4 hours 
Leadership Management Communication 3 hours
Productive Communication Skills 4 hours

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