Storytelling for Public Health

How can you effectively convey your public health message using storytelling? 

Course Information

  • Audience: Public health professionals, especially program managers and communication specialists, in governmental and non-profit sectors. Public health stakeholders who would like to contribute their story to the public health dialog.
  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.0 hours
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours:

    Sponsored by New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hour.  Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hour is 1.  Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID:SS1131137_04012020.If you are not seeking a CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the post-test and evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.

  • Competencies: Communication Skills
  • Learning Level: Performance – learners will be able to outline a story using a storyboard.
  • Companion trainings: None
  • Pre-requisites: None

About this course

This course introduces storytelling as an effective communication tool in public health practice. After reviewing story structures, learners will review public health stories in multiple formats and outline their own story using a storyboard.

Do you have a great idea, data, or experience to share but can’t seem to reach your intended audience? Create a story to match your communication goal, audience, delivery options. In this course you will learn the elements of story and become familiar with two formats that you can use to frame your story. After reviewing real public health examples in a variety for formats, try outlining your own story using a storyboard. 

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to...

  • Briefly describe the history of storytelling
  • Explain why story is an effective means of communication
  • Define the subject, audience, goal, and delivery format options for a story
  • Define the elements of a story: hook, inciting incident, protagonist, antagonist, tension, climax and conclusion
  • Explain two story formats: Story Mountain and the Journey Curve
  • Describe how a storyboard is used to outline a story
  • List questions to ask yourself when creating your title
  • List ethical consideration of storytelling
  • Outline a story in storyboard format

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    Select the Enroll button below to register for the course. If you have any trouble accessing the course, contact support@nephtc.org.

    Acknowledgement:

    This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    Creating Persuasive Public Health Messaging

    Do you struggle with describing your work and its public health impact? Avoid "story spaghetti" - learn how to craft compelling messages for public health projects and programs.


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    Course Information

    • Audience: Public health professionals, or a related professionals who collaborate to improve population health or work to improve the social determinants of health
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours If you complete the post-test and evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour and the contact hour(s) for this course may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. You may want to check with your credentialing body if you’re unsure if this course meets its continuing education requirements.
    • Competencies: Communication skills
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Companion Trainings Creating Your Marketing Pitch
      Marketing Public Health
    • Supplemental materials: None
    • Pre-requisites None

    About this course

    Creating Persuasive Public Health Messaging is a one-hour self paced course for public health managers and leaders. An “online, self-paced” version of the Creating Your Marketing Pitch half day workshop, this version contains examples from Rhode Island and Ohio.

    This training is a collaboration project between Region 1 PHTC (New England Public Health Center - NEPHTC) and Region 7 PHTC (Midwestern Public Health Training Center - MPHTC).

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Identify the four pillars of a strong brand
    • Explain how to formulate a clear, concise, compelling, and consistent elevator pitch
    • Explain how to build a strong brand message hierarchy
    • Discuss common mistakes to avoid when creating persuasive messaging
    • Apply the characteristics of effective messaging using realistic public health case studies

    Subject Matter Experts

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      Michele Levy 
      Marketing Consultant
      ML Brand Strategy Consulting

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Acknowledgement: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31685 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program.” This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Introducción a los Métodos y Estrategias de Alcance

    ¿Cómo pueden los trabajadores en el campo de la salud crear planes de alcance efectivos que resuelvan las necesidades de las poblaciones vulnerables? Conoce los componentes clave de un plan de alcance efectivo.

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    Información del Curso

    • Formato: Autorregulado
    • Costo: Gratuito
    • Duración: 1.5 horas
    • Competencias: Analíticas/Evaluativas, Habilidades Comunicativas, Estándares de Practica Comunicaría, Desarrollo de Políticas/Programas de Planificación
    • Nivel de Aprendizaje: Concientización
    • Material Complementario: Guía del Curso y Requisitos Técnicos (PDF)
    • Requisitos: Ninguno

    Sobre este curso

    Como un promotor de salud en la comunidad, una función clave es proveerles cuidados a poblaciones vulnerables para poder conectarlos con los servicios apropiados. Para lograr esto, los trabajadores en el campo de la salud deben identificar cuando debería realizarse una tarea de alcance y como desarrollar un plan de alcance efectivo.


    Qué aprenderás

    Tras completar este curso, podrás:

    • Describir qué son las tareas de alcance y los componentes del Modelo de Alcance de la Salud
    • Identificar las cualidades y características de una población vulnerable y qué inicia el trabajo de alcance
    • Conocer tips que te mantendrán seguro en tus esfuerzos
    • Describir cómo seleccionar métodos y estrategias de alcance efectivos
    • Listar los elementos de un plan de alcance efectivo

    Experta en el Tema

    Horario de Registro y Contacto

    El Certificado de Realización incluirá la duración del módulo. Generalmente 50-60 minutos equivalen a 1 hora de contacto. Las horas de contacto pueden utilizarse para cumplir con los requisitos de ciertas credenciales. Confirme con su ente acreditador para verificar si este tema cumple con sus requisitos de educación continua.

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    Reconocimiento:

    Este Proyecto ha sido/fue subsidiado por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud (HRSA) del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales de los Estados Unidos (HHS) bajo el número de subsidio UB6HP27877 “Programa Centro Regional de Entrenamiento en Salud”. La información, contenido y conclusiones son propias del autor y no deben considerarse como la posición o política oficial del HRSA, HHS o del Gobierno de los Estados Unidos.

    Course Information

    • Audience: Dental health care personnel and administrative staff
    • Format: Online Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 10-part series, approximately 3.5 hours to complete
    • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Certificate of completion
      VT: 3.5 CEUs 

      Rhode Island: 3.5 CEUs

    • Competencies: Public Health Sciences Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills, Analytical/Assessment Skills skills
    • Learning Level: Performance
    • Companion Trainings:
    • Supplemental materials: CDC Power Points of Basic Expectations for Safe Care Training
    • Pre-requisites: Infection Prevention series for non-clinical staff

    About this course

    This 10 module training series covers the basic principles of infection prevention and control that form the basis for CDC recommendations for dental health care settings.

    The training was recorded with an audience of dental professionals in Vermont on June 10th 2019.  Adhering to the CDC script, presenter comments are excluded.  

    Vermont and Rhode Island dental health care personnel and administrative staff  have a new option for learning about infection control in a dental practice setting! This 10 module series takes approximately 3.5 hours to complete and is based on the CDC's Basic Expectations for Safe Care training modules. This free course has been approved for 3.5 CE credits by both the RI and VT Boards of Dental Examiners.

    CDC citation:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; October 2016.

    Adapted from: Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Provide basic infection prevention principles and recommendations for dental health care settings.
    • Reaffirm standard precautions as the foundation for preventing transmission of infectious agents during patient care in all dental health care settings.
    • Access links to full guidelines and source documents that can be referenced for more detailed background information and recommendations.

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Kathy J. Eklund

      Director of Occupational Health
      and Safety, RDH MHP

    Ms. Eklund is the Director of Occupational Health and Safety, and the Forsyth Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at The Forsyth Institute. She is adjunct faculty at Regis College, Dental Hygiene Program where she teaches senior level courses in Oral Health Research and Evidence-Based Decision Making. Ms. Eklund serves as faculty for the New England AIDS Education and Training Center and HIVdent.org. She is a member and 2017-2019 Chair of the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Board of Directors. Ms. Eklund is a consultant to the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.


    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Professional Skills and Conduct: Ethics

    What tools can CHWs use when facing ethical dilemmas in their work?


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    Course Information

    • Audience: Community Health Workers, CHW Supervisors, Community Health Centers
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Competencies:Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Supplemental materials: None
    • Pre-requisites: None

    About this course

    A Community Health Worker (CHW) is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served.

    Part of the role of a CHW is to help address legal and social challenges facing their clients and the communities they serve. In doing so, it is common to run into a situation that poses an ethical dilemma. CHWs must learn to develop their professional skill of handling these ethical dilemmas. CHWs must become comfortable consulting with supervisors, colleagues, and partners to act decisively in these difficult situations. They must observe the policies and rules of their agency, protect client's privacy rights, and meet legal reporting requirements, while also exercising creativity in helping community members meet their individual and family needs.

    This self-paced training will outline the code of ethics CHWs are expected to abide by, address ethical dilemmas that CHWs may face in the field, and summarize the guidelines covered by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996).

    What You'll Learn

    After completing the training, you will be able to:
    • Recognize components of a code of ethics
    • Identify conditions for a situation to be considered an ethical dilemma
    • Explain the importance of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)

    Subject Matter Experts


    LaTrischa Miles
    Treatment Adherence Specialist
    Kansas City, MO

    Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Introduction to Systems Thinking

    How do you solve problems by addressing their underlying causes rather than treating the symptoms?


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    Course Information

    • Audience: Public health professionals, or a related professionals who collaborate to improve population health or work to improve the social determinants of health
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours Certificate of completion
    • Competencies: Systems Thinking skills, Communication skills
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Companion Trainings: 1 day live training, offered periodically through NEPHTC
    • Supplemental materials: None
    • Pre-requisites: None

    About this course

    This self-study course introduces learners to the fundamental tools of Systems Thinking.

    Systems thinking provides a framework for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of complex problems. This approach minimizes responding to problem symptoms and the associated unintended consequences of quick fixes.

    This training will provide an overview of key concepts and specific tools for use with a systems thinking approach.

    Systems thinking skills were identified as one of the top new skills needed by the public health workers in a recent report “Building Skills For a More Strategic Workforce” from the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Define Systems Thinking and describe its application in understanding and resolving complex problems.
    • Explain three Systems Thinking tools (the Iceberg, System Archetypes, and Belief/Action/Results (BAR) framework).
    • Apply these Systems Thinking tools to an important issue in your workplace.

    Subject Matter Experts

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nursing Practice in Massachusetts

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    Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nursing Practice in Massachusetts

    What do nurses need to know about managing medication administration in Massachusetts schools?

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    Course Information

    • Audience: Nurses seeking Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensure as a School Nurse in Massachusetts (mandated course)

      School Nurse Managers who are listed on a school district’s MDPH Medication Delegation Registration Application (mandated every five years)

      Any School Nurse seeking to refresh their knowledge of the regulations, requirements, and responsibilities for medication administration in MA schools
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: $50
    • Length: 3.5 hours
    • Course Release Date: 11/17/2017
    • Material Reviewed : 10/15/2018, 7/1/2019
    • Course Expiration Date: 6/30/2020
    • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Continuing Nursing Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours: 3.5
    • Competencies: Medication Administration in MA schools
      Medication delegation in MA schools
    • Learning Level: Knowledge, Comprehension and Application
    • Companion trainings: Foundations of School Nursing Practice (Live program)
      Mandated Screening (Live program)
    • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
    • Pre-requisites:
      • Registered Nurse
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    About this course

    School Nurses are responsible for providing care for students so they can be successful, healthy, and safe in school. School Nurses are managers of, and hold full responsibility for, the school's medication administration program. This course provides the key information every School Nurse needs to know about medication administration in Massachusetts public and private schools including:

    • Regulations and oversight of medication administration and delegation in Massachusetts
    • The School Nurse’s role and responsibilities
    • Medication administration resources and compliance tools
    • Step-by-step processes required for medication delegation
    • Delegation training materials for unlicensed assistive personnel
    • Guidance around individual student situations
    • Guidance in how to register with the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) to register for delegation and medication administration in the school setting

    This is one of four training workshops mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order to be licensed as a School Nurse. Participation in this workshop is also required every five years for School Nurses listed on the school district’s MDPH Medication Delegation Registration Application.

    What you'll learn

    After completing the training, you will be able to:

    • Outline a School Nurse's responsibilities around medication administration
    • Identify a School Nurse's obligations  under Federal, State, and Local Regulations
    • Describe types of medication delegation in a school setting and identify situations that can and cannot be delegated
    • Describe the five rights of delegation
    • Identify the best practice approach for several common student situations

    Subject Matter Expert


    • Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
      Director of School Health Services
      Department of Public Health

    • &


    • Mary Ann Gapinski, MSN, RN, NCSN
      (Retired)Director of School Health Services
      Department of Public Health

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    The materials for this course may be audited at no cost. No credit or certificates are provided for this option. Auditing is recommended for anyone who wants to review the course material, access resources, or to refresh skills. Completion of a pre-test is required to begin the audit but, once you’ve completed the pre-test, you will have future access to the course without having to repeat it.

    Course resources (i.e., forms, regulations, guidelines, ebook) are also available in SHIELD’s Medication Administration and Delegation Resources Section.

    Numbers in Health: Make the Meaning Clear

    What are the frameworks to ensure health numeracy among populations?

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    Course Information

    • Audience: Public Health Professionals, Community Health Workers, Medical Professionals
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Competencies: Communication Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice, Cultural Competency
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Supplemental materials: None
    • Pre-requisites: None

    About this course

    Numbers can be hard for people to understand and apply, especially when related to public health and health care decision making. The concept of risk is particularly abstract and difficult to grasp. Numbers can pose a significant roadblock for people. For example, those with chronic diseases must use numbers to monitor their health on a daily bases. As health professionals, it is important to have the skills needed to assist people with numbers, especially people with basic and below basic numeracy and health literacy skills. This webinar offers tips and strategies health professionals can use to communicate about numbers and help people better manage and improve their health.


    What you'll learn

    After completing the training, you will be able to...

    • Define numeracy and how it impacts health and healthcare
    • Outline 10 tips to help adults use numbers for self-care and community health
    • Consider risk communication strategies to help people make health related decisions

    Subject Matter Experts


    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Transmission-Based Precautions in the Ambulatory Care Setting

    What actions should you take with a patient who may have a serious infectious disease? Learn about Transmission-Based Precautions, practical steps that protect you, your patients and your co-workers from infection.  

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    Course Information

    About this course

    This self-study course introduces learners to Transmission-Based Precautions. This course provides an overview of why and when Transmission-Based Precautions should be used, along with examples of how these precautions can be applied in the ambulatory care setting. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Define Transmission-Based Precautions
    • Recall the three categories of Transmission-Based Precautions
    • Describe the unique features of each category of Transmission-Based Precautions
    • Recognize when to use each category of Transmission-Based Precautions
    • Recognize when to combine Transmission-Based Precautions

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, FACP, MS, MBA
      Professor of Medicine 
      (Infectious Diseases)
      and of Epidemiology
      (Microbial Diseases);
      Director, Hospital Epidemiology
      VA CT Healthcare System

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Standard Precautions in the Ambulatory Care Setting: Personal Protective Equipment and Safe Surfaces

    What is personal protective equipment (PPE)? What should you do if a surface may have been exposed to patient body fluids? Learn about different types of PPE and how to properly clean surfaces to protect yourself, your patients and your co-workers from infection transmission.  

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    Course Information

    About this course

    This self-study course introduces learners to personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe surfaces, two components of Standard Precautions. After a quick review of Standard Precautions, this course provides an overview of types and use of PPE in the ambulatory setting and when and how to treat potentially contaminated surfaces. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Recognize commonly used personal protective equipment
    • Recall actions to take is a surface may have been exposed to patient body fluid

      Subject Matter Experts


    • David B. Banach, MD, MPH
      Assistant Professor of Medicine
      Head of Infection Prevention 
      and Hospital Epidemiologist UConn Health

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Standard Precautions in the Ambulatory Care Setting: Safe Cough Practices

    Standard Precautions in the Ambulatory Care Setting: Safe Cough Practices

    How do you approach a patient with a cough? Learn how you can prevent the spread of respiratory infections. 

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    Course Information

    About this course

    After a quick review of Standard Precautions, this course provides an overview of how to prevent respiratory infection transmission. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Recall two types of respiratory infection transmission
    • Recognize the correct approach to patient with a cough
    • Recognize patient symptoms that require additional infection control actions

      Subject Matter Experts



    • David B. Banach, MD, MPH
      Assistant Professor of Medicine
      Head of Infection Prevention 
      and Hospital Epidemiologist UConn Health

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Standard Precautions in the Ambulatory Care Setting: The Basics of Hand Hygiene

    What is hand hygiene and why is it fundamental to preventing the spread of infections? Learn about when and how to perform hand hygiene to protect yourself, your patients and your co-workers from infection.  

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    About this course

    This course provides an overview of standard precautions, the practice of hand hygiene and the role of healthcare staff in preventing the spread of infections to themselves, colleagues and patients. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Define Standard Precautions
    • List at least two reasons whyhand hygiene is important to infection prevention
    • Recall when hand hygiene should be performed
    • Recall how long hands should be rubbed when using long soap
    • Recall two advantages of using alcohol- based rubs

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, FACP, MS, MBA
      Professor of Medicine 
      (Infectious Diseases)
      and of Epidemiology
      (Microbial Diseases);
      Director, Hospital Epidemiology
      VA CT Healthcare System

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Foundations of Infection Prevention in the Ambulatory Care Setting

    What is the basic science that underlies infection prevention? Learn about how bacteria and viruses are spread and how you can prevent disease transmission. ? 

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    Course Information

    About this course

    This course provides an overview of basic principles of infection transmission and the role of healthcare staff in preventing the spread of infections to themselves, colleagues and patients. It contains non-graded knowledge checks so learners can interact with the content. The course may be taken in more than one sitting.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Explain the basic modes of infection transmission
      • Recall the differences between bacteria and viruses
      • Recognize the three basic transmission principles
      • Recognize common ways diseases are spread
      • Recognize common signs of active infection
      • Recognize the three stages of an infection

    • Describe your role in preventing infection transmission
      • Recall at least three ways you or others can prevent disease transmission
      • Recognize the importance of teamwork in infection prevent in healthcare settings
      Subject Matter Experts


    • Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, FACP, MS, MBA
      Professor of Medicine
      and of Epidemiology
      Director, Hospital Epidemiology VA CT Healthcare System


    • David B. Banach, MD, MPH
      Assistant Professor of Medicine
      Head of Infection Prevention 
      and Hospital Epidemiologist UConn Health

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org


    Acknowledgement:

    This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    Use of Public Health Concepts and Approaches

    What is public health?  How do community health workers fit into the public health framework?

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    Course Information

    • Format: Self paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 2 hours
    • Competencies: Analytical/Assessment, Communication Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice, Cultural Competency
    • Companion Trainings: 10 Essential Services
      CHW Strategies for Outreach
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Supplemental materials: None
    • Pre-requisites: None

    About this course

    In this course, learners will learn more about “what is public health", add to what they already know about public health and medical systems, gain a better understanding about the importance of public health and how community health workers fit into the public health framework.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this training, you will be able to:

    • Explain what is public health and why it is so important.
    • Describe how public health has impacted life expectancy over the past century.
    • Identify the types of public health challenges faced by vulnerable populations.
    • Name the various parties and agencies involved in a public health infrastructure
    • Provide an example of how data is used in public health policy
    • Distinguish between health equity and health disparity
    • Explain how the social determinants of health impact health equity
    • List at least four priority topic areas of the Healthy People 2020 initiative
    • Demonstrate how the public health pyramid can be used to develop a comprehensive intervention
    • Discuss important considerations when developing a public health plan for your community.

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Dawn Heffernan, RN, MS, CDE
      Director,
      Western Massachusetts
      Public Health Training Center

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    LPHI Emergency Preparedness Training Certificate

    Do you work in Emergency Preparedness or want to learn more about it? This certificate will give you a broad knowledge base and you will receive a training certificate upon successful completion.

    Note: The Emergency Preparedness Training Certificate was discontinued from July 1st 2020 due to reduced funding, still 14 Self- paced trainings are available for enrollment.

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    Course Information

    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 14 Self-paced trainings and exam
    • Competencies: Emergency Preparedness
    • Learning Level: Awareness through performance
    • Supplemental materials: None

    About this course

    The Emergency Preparedness Training Certificate is produced by the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM) of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Emergency Preparedness Training Certificate has been developed for staff and volunteers from municipal or state agencies across Massachusetts who are responsible for public health emergency preparedness and response activities.

    Candidates may include, but not limited to:

    • Board of Health or other governing body members
    • Municipal Compliance Officers or Sanitarians
    • Emergency Preparedness Coordinators
    • Environmental Health Inspectors, Sanitarians, or Specialists
    • Health Agents
    • Health Directors or Commissioners
    • Health Inspectors
    • Public Health Nurses

    The Certificate is a bundle of 14 individual trainings that cover a wide breadth of Emergency Preparedness topics. All required trainings are available on-line, 24/7, and can be taken at the candidate’s own pace. If a candidate has completed one of the required trainings within 5 years, they need not take the training again – submission of their previous certificate will be accepted. The majority of the courses are hosted by the LPHI, but some are hosted by other organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Candidates for this Certificate should move through the list of required trainings at their own pace and in the order of their own choosing. Continuing education credits are awarded for completion of most individual trainings, and vary by topic (generally from one to six contact hours). After completion of each individual training, you will need to upload the certificate of completion for that particular block of the certificate to the appropriate section (details on how to do this are provided in the technical help section below.) Once all individual criteria have been completed and verified, you will be given access to the culminating exam.

    This culminating exam, developed by Subject Matter Experts, will test the knowledge and skills gained through the individual trainings. The exam is scenario-based, multiple choice, and open book. Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates are awarded the LPHI Emergency Preparedness Certificate.

    Enrollment

    To enroll in this training, select the Continue box below.

    Enrollment Options Key
    For a Certificate of Completion
    Enroll-001
    To Audit (No Certificate)
    Audit-001

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Course Information

    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Competencies: 
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Supplemental materials: None
    • Pre-requisites: None

    About this course

    In this module you will learn that improving the health of populations is complex work and demands that we define health broadly, that we measure all aspects of health – thinking about cause and effect – and that we recognize the fact that the health system is only one part of the solution for improving health.

    What you'll learn

    After completing the training, you will be able to...

    • Identify 5 factors that may impact the health of a community
    • Explain the limitations of Medical Model and Lalonde model of health.
    • Describe the importance of social determinants of health for a community.
    • Apply Evans/Stoddart model to examine the social determinants of health within a specific community.

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Dorothy Bazos, PhD
      Adjunct Assistant Professor
      Community & Family Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute Director, Dartmouth Population
      Health Research Center


    • Jonathan Stewart, MA, MHA
      Regional Director
      U.S. Health Services,
      Northern New England

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Concussion Management in Massachusetts Schools

    Do you know what a concussion is or how to tell if you have one? What actions should be taken if a student has a concussion?

    New England Public Health Training Center DPH Logo DPH Logo
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    Course Information

    • Audience: school coaches, school physicians, athletic trainers, nurses, athletic directors, marching band directors, students and their parents who participate in an extracurricular athletic activity, and other trainers and volunteers involved in extracurricular sports
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 90 minutes
    • Course Release Date: 07/01/2018
    • Competencies: Concussion recognition and management for schools and youth sports,
      Annual training
    • Learning Level: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application
    • Supplemental materials:Technical Requirements Guide (PDF)
    • Pre-requisites:None

    About this course

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 170,000 kids and teens are treated in an emergency department each year for sports or recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. Playing or practicing with a concussion is dangerous and can lead to a longer recovery and an increased risk for more serious brain injury. This course will help you create an environment that supports students who have suffered a concussion and that allows them to safely return to learn and play.

    This course contains four lessons with information about concussions, related Massachusetts laws and regulations, and guidelines for students to return to learn and play. After completion of a pre-test, post-test, and evaluation, a certificate of completion will be issued that satisfies the annual training requirement in Massachusetts regulation 105 CMR 201.007.


    The certificate will be valid for one year, July 1 - June 30.

    For clinicians: Note this course is eligible for participation credit only. For CME/CNE credit, see courses offered by MA Medical Society [ http://www.massmed.org/CME/ConcussionTreatmentManagementandPrevention/] or CDC [ https://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/clinicians/index.html]

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Michael Beasley, MD Division of Sports Medicine Boston Children's Hospital
      
              

    • Linda Brown Division of Violence and Injury Prevention Massachusetts Department of Public Health

    • Carilyn Rains, MEd, BSN, RN Director, School Health Services Plymouth Public Schools
    • Alan Kulberg, MD, Concussion Clinic, Berkshire Medical Center

    • Kathy Thornton, MS, LAT Injury Prevention & Athletic Training Southcoast Health

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Human Health Effects of Climate Change

    Do you know how climate change will affect health in your community and what you can do to reduce climate-related impacts?

    University of Vermont
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    Course Information

    • Audience: Workforce in public health, emergency management, health care, natural resources, human services, agriculture, community leaders, and others intersecting with climate change and human health
    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: Level 1: 1 hour
      Level 2: 1.5 hours
    • Competencies: Analytical/Assessment Skills, Policy Development/Program Planning Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice, Public Health Sciences Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Supplemental Materials:Course Guide
    • Pre-requisites:None

    About this course

    Following a short overview of the causes and mechanisms of climate change, the course reviews current and expected human health impacts, with particular emphasis on impacts in Vermont and the northeast. These include heat-related illness, water-related impacts, vector borne diseases, air quality impacts, and mental health and well-being. Because climate change affects some people more than others, populations of concern and measures of vulnerability are addressed. The course culminates with examples of strategies used in Vermont and nationally to reduce climate change impacts on health and to improve health through climate change mitigation actions. Learners can select Level 1 for an overview or Level 2 for a deeper exploration of the five types of health impacts.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

    • Explain how and why the climate is changing.
    • List the health conditions exacerbated by climate change, explain how weather/climate affects each health condition, and how we expect future climate change to modify health risks.
    • List those populations more vulnerable to the effects of climate change and explain why they are vulnerable.
    • Describe the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation strategies.
    • Describe climate adaptation and preparedness strategies to reduce climate-related health risks.

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Jared Ulmer, MPH, AICP
      Climate & Health Program
      Coordinator, Vermont Department of Health

    • Lynn Blevins, MD, MPH
      Clinical Assistant Professor,
      University of Vermont 
      College of Medicine


    • David Grass, PhD
      Environmental Health
      Surveillance Chief, Vermont Department of Health

    • Elizabeth Faye, MPH
      Instructional Technologist
      Activist Lab, BU School of Public Health

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    Note there are two different options for enrolling in this course highlighted in the table below.

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org


    Acknowledgement:

    This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

    Grant Writing Basics

    What are the best practices you should know to write a winning grant proposal and maintain long-term support?

    Boston University School of Public Health
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    Course Information

    About this course

    Public health programs are critical to connecting community members with information and services that will improve their health, but often the governmental resources and funding allocated to public health departments aren’t adequate to cover the costs for these important programs. It is then necessary for public health officials to supplement their department’s budget allocation with outside funding opportunities, like grants. Public health professionals should be familiar with how to prepare and write winning grant proposals. This course will introduce the basics of grants and grant writing. Learners will also have the opportunity to practice writing a hypothetical grant.

    What you'll learn

    After completing the training, you will be able to...

    • Distinguish among grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts
    • Explain where to find funding opportunities
    • Detail the information to include in each of the major sections of a grant proposal
    • List five best practices for a successful grant writing and submission process

    Subject Matter Experts


    • Kathleen MacVarish, MS Associate Professor of the Practice,
      Boston University School of Public Health

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org

    Onboarding New Employees

    What are the benefits of an effective onboarding plan for new employees? 

    New England Public Health Training Center
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    Course Information

    • Format: Self-paced
    • Price: Free
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Competencies: Analytical/Assessment, Communication Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
    • Learning Level: Awareness
    • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
    • Pre-requisites: None

    About this course

    An effective onboarding plan helps new employees adjust to their jobs by establishing better relationships, clarifying expectations and objectives, and providing support through feedback, coaching and follow-up. This leads to higher job satisfaction and performance, lower employee stress, greater commitment to the organization, and decreased staff turnover.

    What you'll learn

    After completing this course, you will be able to...

      • Name three ways effective onboarding programs help new employees adjust to their jobs
      • List six benefits of an effective onboarding program
      • Describe the 4 C’s that every onboarding plan should include
      • Design an onboarding plan for new employees that covers day one, week one, and 30/60/90 day check-ins

    Subject Matter Expert

    Enrollment and Contact Hours

    The Certificate of Completion will include the length of the module. Generally 50 – 60 minutes is equivalent to 1 contact hour. Contact hours may be applicable towards continuing education requirements for certain credentials. Check with your credentialing body to verify if the topic meets its continuing education requirements.

    Having trouble accessing the course? Contact support@nephtc.org


    Acknowledgement:

    This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program”. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.