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

  • Audience: Designed for ambulatory care settings, such as primary care clinics and doctor's offices. Intended audiences are administrative and clerical staff; non-licensed clinical staff; non- clinical staff; facilities staff and volunteers
  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 20 Minutes
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_BIPSCP If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Companion Trainings
  • Supplemental materials: None
  • Supplemental materials: None
  • Pre-requisites: None


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 Expert

  • David B. Banach

    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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Course Information

  • Audience: Designed for ambulatory care settings, such as primary care clinics and doctor's offices. Intended audiences are administrative and clerical staff; non-licensed clinical staff; non- clinical staff; facilities staff and volunteers
  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 25 Minutes
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_BIPHH. 
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Companion Trainings:
  • Supplemental materials: None
  • Pre-requisites: None


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 Expert

  • Louise-Marie Dembry
    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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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
    Louise-Marie Dembry
    MD, FACP, MS, MBA

    Professor of Medicine
    and Epidemiology
    Director, Hospital Epidemiology
    VA CT Healthcare System

  • David B Banach
    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
  • 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) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 0. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_UPHCA.
    If you are not seeking CHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Analytical/Assessment, Communication Skills, Community Dimensions of Practice, Cultural Competency
  • Companion Trainings: The 10 Essential Public Health Services in Action
    Introduction to Outreach Methods and Strategies
  • 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

Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_CHAUHME.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • 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

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?


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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
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_HHECC.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Public Health Sciences 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.

Onboarding New Employees

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


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Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • 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) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 0. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_ONE.
    If you are not seeking CHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Management and Finance 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.

Coaching Skills

How can you balance employee evaluation and employee coaching to become a more effective manager? 

 
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Course Information

  • 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) to receive up to 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 0. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_CS.
    If you are not seeking CHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Management and Finance Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None

About this course

As a manager, you wear two hats that can be difficult to manage effectively. On one hand, you have to evaluate your employees and make decisions regarding promotions, demotions, salary actions, and terminations. On the other hand, you are also a coach and an advocate for your employees' success. Employees may be reluctant to be frank and discuss weaknesses or mistakes. While there is no perfect solution, this course will help you to understand the problems and provide you with a strategy to effectively balance these two inherently conflicting roles.


What you'll learn

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

  • Apply the four-step coaching process
  • Make clear separations between performance reviews and developmental coaching sessions
  • Demonstrate how to listen effectively and with empathy
  • Recognize how to discuss performance issues that will impact an employee's ability to achieve his/her goals


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.

Holding Effective Meetings

How can you make the best use of employee time in meetings? Learn about the key components to running a successful meeting. 

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Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_HEM.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Management and Finance Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Job Aid
  • Pre-requisites: None


About this course

Have you ever attended a meeting that was disorganized, took much longer than it should have, and ended with nothing to show for it? We've all sat through meetings like that at some point in our careers. Not only are they frustrating to the attendees, but they also deplete one of our most valuable resources, time. In this training, you'll learn about the key components of successful meetings so you can plan, set up, and run a meeting that makes the best use of everyone's time.


What you'll learn

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

  • Determine the need for a meeting
  • Plan a successful meeting
  • Set up a meeting
  • Effectively run a meeting
  • Follow up after a meeting


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.

The 10 Essential Public Health Services in Action

What are the ten essential public health services and how are they provided at the local level?

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Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Competencies: 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_07012020. If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)

  • Pre-requisites: Infectious Disease Case Management,
    Surveillance of Infectious Diseases

About this course

Local health departments are responsible for creating and maintaining conditions that keep people in their communities healthy and safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined and recently updated 10 essential public health services that communities should undertake to protect and promote the health of all people in their community. This training uses a case study (based on an actual infectious disease outbreak) to relate each step of the investigation to one of the 10 essential public health services. Public health professionals should be able to describe each of these essential services, and should work to ensure that all 10 services are provided in their community.

What you'll learn

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

  • Summarize the 10 essential public health services
  • Describe the three local board of health (LBOH) responsibilities for infectious disease investigation: reporting, case investigation, and controlling further spread of infectious diseases
  • Classify disease investigation activities into one of the 10 essential public health services
  • Give examples of partners that are necessary to deliver the 10 essential public health services
  • List the signs and symptoms of a specific pathogen linked to this case study

Subject Matter Experts


  • Anne Fidler, ScD

    Assistant Dean and
    Professor,
    Boston University
    School of Public Health


  • 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. Select the Enroll Me button below to enroll for this course. 

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

* Yale School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, a New England Public Health Training Center partner, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. All CHES credit inquiries are managed by YSPH

Introduction to Outreach Methods and Strategies

How can community health workers create effective outreach plans that address the needs of vulnerable populations? Learn about the key components of an effective outreach plan.


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Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_IOMS.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Community Partnership Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None


About this course

As a community health outreach worker, a key function of the role is providing health outreach to vulnerable populations in order to connect them with the appropriate enabling services. In order to do so, community health workers must be able to identify when outreach should occur and how to develop the most effective outreach plan.


What you'll learn

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

  • Articulate what outreach is and the components of the Health Outreach Model
  • Identify qualities and characteristics of vulnerable populations and what triggers outreach
  • List tips to keep you safe in your outreach efforts
  • Describe how to choose effective outreach methods and strategies
  • Outline the elements of an effective outreach plan

Subject Matter Expert

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


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.

Monitoring for Cyanobacteria

What is cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and how do we reduce risk among visitors to recreational waters? Learn how to detect the presence of cyanobacteria and manage recreational waters if it is present.


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Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_MC.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None

About this course

This course provides an overview of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and the risks it poses to people and pets. Learn how to monitor recreational waters for cyanobacteria (including distinguishing it from look-alikes), manage recreational waters when cyanobacteria is present, and track blooms. Information is provided on documentation through photographs, water sampling and reporting systems.

This training is intended for public health and environmental personnel, state and municipal employees responsible for management of recreational waters, citizen scientists participating in a cyanobacteria monitoring program, as well as anyone interested in learning about cyanobacteria and how recreational waters are monitored and managed from a public health perspective.

This training was developed in conjunction with the University of Vermont, Vermont Department of Health, and Lake Champlain Committee to address the concern about water quality in Vermont. Therefore, the regulations and administrative processes cited are specific to Vermont. However, the underlying science and public health implications are applicable to all states and jurisdictions.


What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to answer the following questions.

  • What are cyanobacteria?
  • What are the risks to people and pets?
  • How do you monitor for it?
  • What should you do if you find it?
  • How can you track instances?


Subject Matter Expert


  • Lynn Blevins

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Vermont
    College of Medicine

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.

If you wish to receive contact hours in Massachusetts, please go to the Massachusetts-specific training on Recreational Waters.

Maintaining Safe Recreational Waters

How do we minimize the public health hazards experienced by visitors to recreational waters? Learn about the health hazards common to recreational waters and how to manage them.

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Course Information

  • Format: Self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1.5 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_MSRW.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Public Health Sciences
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None


About this course

This course reviews the four health hazards common to recreational waters: biological, chemical, physical, and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Information is provided on water sampling and testing, visual monitoring, reporting, and recreational water management (i.e., beach closure, signage). This training is intended for the environmental public health workforce, state and municipal employees responsible for management of recreational waters, as well as anyone interested in understanding how recreational waters are monitored and managed from a public health perspective.

This training is intended for public health and environmental personnel, state and municipal employees responsible for management of recreational waters, citizen scientists participating in a cyanobacteria monitoring program, as well as anyone interested in learning about cyanobacteria and how recreational waters are monitored and managed from a public health perspective.

While the regulations and administrative processes cited are specific to Vermont, the underlying science and public health implications are applicable to all states and jurisdictions.


What you'll learn

After completing this course, you will be able to address the following questions.

  • Identify common recreational water hazards
  • Describe regulations and strategies to prevent recreational waterborne illnesses
  • Describe methods to monitor, sample, and test recreational water
  • Explain the process for posting warning signs and closing beaches


Subject Matter Expert


  • Lynn Blevins

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    University of Vermont
    College of Medicine

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.

If you wish to receive contact hours in Massachusetts, please go to the Massachusetts-specific training on Recreational Waters.

Marketing Public Health

How can the basic principles of branding and marketing contribute to the success of your public health mission? Learn how to develop an effective marketing communications plan.

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Course Information

  • Format: Online, self-paced
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 1 hour
  • 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 hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 1. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID: SS1131137_MPH.
    If you are not seeking CHES/MCHES contact hours, if you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate will include the length of the course.
  • Competencies: Management and Finance Skills
  • Learning Level: Awareness
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None


About this course

Whether you are managing a single program or an entire public health department, understanding the basic principles of branding and marketing can be crucial to your success. Every program and organization has key stakeholders. The goal of this course is to offer concrete strategies for communicating with those stakeholders in order to support your broader program and organizational goals.

What you'll learn

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

  • Describe the four pillars of building a strong brand
  • Outline the steps for developing an effective marketing communications plan which includes:
    • Understanding the mission and goals
    • Knowing the audience
    • Identifying the core umbrella messaging
    • Defining messaging by target audience, and
    • Identifying and prioritizing tactics
  • Describe the importance of educating the staff and other stakeholders on desired brand behaviors, and
  • Identify and track success metrics.

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 training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 6 NB01OT009172-01-02, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services. 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 (PHTC) 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.

Health Equity Internship 2021-2022

NEPHTC Health Equity Interns can get their internship guidance materials here

*This course is available only to accepted Health Equity Interns.

Enroll

Course Information

  • Audience: Accepted Health Equity Interns
  • Format: Online Portal
  • Date/Time: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
  • Price: Free
  • Length: Varies per student project
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: NA
  • Competencies: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Learning Level: Practice
  • Companion Trainings: N/A
  • Supplemental materials: N/A
  • Pre-requisites: Application and Acceptance

Registration

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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

We transitioned SHIELD courses and content to our new website in December 2021.

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