Health Equity Internship 2020-2021

NEPHTC Health Equity Interns can get their internship guidance materials here

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

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Course Information

  • Audience: Accepted Health Equity Interns
  • Format: Online Portal
  • Date/Time: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
  • 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

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COVID-19 Peer Learning and Support for Community Health Workers

How can Community Health Workers learn from and support each other to improve resilience, address burnout, and build ways to better support CHWs and their communities in the future?

*This course is available only to Community Health Workers from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Enrollment Limit 45

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Course Information

  • Audience: This course is available to Community Health Workers from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont
  • Format: Four online peer learning series workshops
  • Date/Time: Part 1: Monday April 27, 12pm-1:30pm ET
    Part 2: Thursday May 14, 12pm-1.30pm ET
    Part 3: Tuesday May 26, 12pm-1:30pm ET
    Part 4: Tuesday June 16, 12pm-1.30 pm ET
  • Price: Free
  • Length: 4 part series, Each of the 4 workshops will last from 12:00pm-1:30pm ET
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: If you complete the evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for each workshop. 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: Workshop 1 and 2:  Public Health Sciences Skills
    Workshop 3: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
    Workshop 4: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Companion Trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials: Presentation materials will be available after each session. Thematic analysis of three sessions will be provided to participants.
  • Pre-requisites: Current position as CHW, or if furloughed from CHW work, recently furloughed

About this online peer learning series

Community Health Workers are a group of professionals who, under normal times, are generally overstretched and working with challenging populations. As the US confronts the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, these individuals deserve extra support of all kinds: emotional, informational and structural. We can learn from Community Health Worker (our peers’) insights during this time. This learning experience is intended to be a conversation. The HRSA-funded New England Public Health Training Center, with its network of almost 9000 public health professionals, is working with partners from Southern New Hampshire AHEC, Mane Mobile Health and the National Association of Community Health Workers to facilitate supportive conversations and learning among Community Health Workers on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Part 1: Resiliency and Thriving in the age of COVID19 – Peer Learning and Support

How do we uncover the secret power of stress and the key to grow from resilience to thriving for ourselves and the communities we serve?

About part 1 of the series: The Resiliency to Thrive Peer Learning session can help define how each participant perceives life challenges and examine how the power of perception can enhance your resiliency factor or erode it. Resiliency can grow when one is in tune with mind and body. Raising body consciousness is a KEY for sustainable wellbeing. Now more than ever self-care has been defined as critical to our mental and physical health under the new “normal” of COVID19.

What you'll learn

Through the peer learning process, our guided interaction and listening will allow you to:

  • Apply the tools of Resilience and Thriving through self-examination of events in personal and professional lives.
  • Evaluate the broader aspects of stress and how they can reframe stressors to strengthen their ability to flourish under challenging circumstances.   
  • Integrate the role of stress and thriving across the National Wellness Institute’s six dimensions of Wellness.
  • Recognize early warning signs and utilizing the core tools of the positive stress cycle

Part 2: Addressing Burnout: Peer Learning & Support for CHWs

Have you found yourself exhausted, frustrated, or discouraged by your job as a community health worker? This could be the right session for you.

About part 2 of the series: Today, burnout is an all too common experience among health care professionals, and Community Health Workers are no exception. On the front lines of providing critical services to vulnerable communities in the era of coronavirus, while often dealing with the same insecurities that their patients experience, CHWs are particularly vulnerable to stress and burnout. This session will be an opportunity to learn from other CHWs and a mental health professional on how burnout impacts our day to day work and to identify concrete strategies for self-care and peer support.

What you'll learn

Through the peer learning process, our guided interaction and listening will allow you to:

  • Assess yourself for the three main components of burnout
  • Choose one new strategy for self-care that you plan to apply to your daily routine
  • Examine the potential for burnout in your work environment using 6 key-factors
  • Investigate one new opportunity for peer support in your work environment

Part 3: Community Health Workers: Insights on Building a Movement for Health Equity and Social Justice during COVID-19

Will COVID provide the moment of equitable transformation in our systems? Will CHW drive the change?

About part 3 of the series: CHWs have many titles and roles. What is happening with CHWs in other parts of the country during COVID? Are emergency response structures changing because of new challenges and opportunities during the pandemic? This workshop will explore CHW experiences in Northern New England and some national data. The group will discuss systems changes involving CHWs needed to improve health.

What you'll learn

Through the peer learning process, our guided interaction and listening will allow you to:

  • Examine themes from a national survey on CHWs and their information, resource and self-care needs in the early weeks of COVID-19
  • Explore strategies used with public and private institutions to advocate for the role of CHWs in emergency response efforts
  • Discuss how to advance an equity and social justice agenda among state and national emergency response initiatives

Part 4: Using the Research Lens: Thematic Analysis of the CHW Peer Learning Sessions

What have Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Community Health Workers expressed about resiliency for themselves and their communities, preventing burnout, and needed change over the three workshops?

About part 4 of the series: Part 4 of the series will describe the research process used to identify key themes about resiliency, burnout, and CHW needs discussed in the previous three sessions. The evaluator will share the identified themes with participants and engage the CHWs in a discussion to validate and refine the themes.

What you'll learn

Through the peer learning process, our guided interaction and listening will allow you to:

  • Describe the research methods used to collect and analyze data and validate findings from the three session
  • Describe strategies that CHWs identified to build resiliency among their clients, as well as to build resiliency and prevent burnout within the CHW workforce and needed change

Subject Matter Expert


  • Paula Smith, Co Host

    Southern New Hampshire Health Education Center


  • Maria Reyes, SME

    Seacoast Public Health Network


  • Ben Hummel, Co Host

    Maine Mobile Health Program


  • Laura Valencia, SME

    Maine Mobile Health Program


  • Denise Octavia Smith

    National Association of CHW


  • Hope Worden Kenefick, MSW, PhD

    Consultant and Evaluator

Registration

Select the Enroll Me button below to register for this workshop series. If you have any trouble accessing the workshop, 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.

Medication Administration in Schools:
What School Nurse Managers Need to Know - Blended 2020

How do School Nurses work at the intersection of public health education, and primary care to keep students safe, healthy and ready to learn?

*This course is available only to pre-registered participants. You will need an enrollment key to unlock this course. Visit the SHIELD registration page for more information.

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Course Information

  • Audience: School Nurse Managers listed as signatories on the district’s MDPH Medication Administration Registration Application
  • Format: Blended
  • Price: $50 (due at the time of registration on the SHIELD website)
  • Length:  4.25 hours
  • Course Release Date: 05/30/2020
  • Course Expiration Date: 05/29/2021
  • 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: 4.25 hours
  • Competencies: Manage a district’s medication administration program
  • Learning Level: Application
  • Companion trainings:
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide (PDF) and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nursing Practice in Massachusetts

About this course

This course is designed as an alternative to the live Medication Administration in Schools: What School Nurse Managers Need to Know workshop offered by SHIELD. It is designed for public and private School Nurse Managers who are signatories on the Handling, Storage and Delegation Registration Application with the MA Department of Public Health. This course will provide School Nurse Managers with the knowledge and tools they need to oversee their district’s Medication Administration Program. It includes a set of prework readings and activities followed by a live Zoom class.

Participation in this workshop and the online course Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nursing Practice in Massachusetts is required every five years for school nurses listed as signatories on the district’s MDPH Medication Administration Registration Application.


What you'll learn

After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of the school nurse manager in the medication administration program in schools
  • Evaluate a district’s medication program for regulatory compliance
  • Develop and implement district medication administration procedures the meet state regulations
  • Explain and implement the process for registration with MDPH of the school’s or school district’s medication administration program

Subject Matter Expert

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    Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
    Director School Health Services
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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    Caitlin Pettengill, DNP, RN Assistant Director of School Health Services
    Massachusetts
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    of Public Health

Special acknowledgements

  • Thank you to the MA School Nurse Regional Consultants and the MA Department of Public Health School Health Services Unit for their contributions to this course design.


Having trouble accessing the course?
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*This course is available only to pre-registered participants. You will need an enrollment key to unlock this course. Visit the SHIELD registration page for more information.

School and Community Health Equity Needs Assessment (SCHENA) 2019-2020

Have you considered how institutional racism impacts student health and achievement in your school district and community?

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Course Information

  • Audience: School nurse managers in CSHS funded districts. Mandatory for Model Program districts, optional for Affiliated districts
  • Format: Blended: Classroom and webinar
  • Price: $600
  • Length: Monthly sessions (3 live classroom, 6 webinars) September through May
    Total ~25 hours
  • Course Release Date: 09/19/2019
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours: Certificate of completion
    PDPs will be provided
  • Competencies:
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Companion trainings: None
  • Supplemental materials: Course Syllabus (pdf)
  • Pre-requisites: For those seeking CEU or CNE Credit:
    • Registered Nurse
    • Registered Nurse
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Licensed Social Worker (i.e., LICSW, LSW, LCSW)

About this course

This course introduces the participant to current practices and approaches to community assessment and planning for the purpose of community health improvement. Multiple exercises along the way will culminate in the development of a school/community equity needs assessment report for the participant’s school or district, and a preliminary community health improvement plan that corresponds to state performance measures. The second year of the course will pick up from the community health improvement plan, and guide the development of a specific continuing quality improvement CQI) project.


What you'll learn

By the end of Year 1 of the SCHENA program, participants will be able to:

  • See themselves as public health change agents in the school setting
  • Apply a racial equity lens in health data collection and interpretation
  • Develop a school/community needs assessment and equity-focused community health improvement plan
  • Identify strong school/community relationships and ones that still need fostering

Specifically, participants completing this course will develop skills in:

  • Planning your assessment activities including identifying important stakeholders and community partners.
  • Practicing principles of health equity as you develop community understanding and partnerships.
  • Identifying, collecting and presenting health and demographic data about your community (including many new web-based data platforms).
  • Documenting sources and consequences of health inequities in the community.
  • Designing and conducting key informant interviews and assessment surveys.
  • Assembling the information you’ve collected and communicating findings in an assessment report.
  • Developing a preliminary Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) which stems from your assessment findings and community input, and promotes health and educational equity.
  • Presenting assessment results and CHIP to your community

Learning Resources

All readings and course materials will be posted on a course Moodle page.

Subject Matter Experts

  • Candice Belanoff
    Candice Belanoff
    ScD, MPH

Candice Belanoff, ScD, MPH, is a Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist with a particular interest in the relationship of social forces and inequities to patterns of population health. Candice designed and is the founding Director of the Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation (CAPDIE) certificate program, which has over 100 enrolled students (as of 2018). She also teaches several courses at BUSPH, including Perinatal Epidemiology (MC759), Assessment and Planning for Health Promotion (SB820), and Social Justice and the Health of Populations: Racism and other systems of oppression (MC775).


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.

Financial Management and Budgeting for Non-Financial Public Health Professionals

Are you looking to increase your financial literacy as a public health leader?

 

*This course is available only to pre-selected participants from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Course Information

  • Audience:Public health professionals who have limited knowledge and experience with financial management and budgeting and wish to develop beginning financial acumen about key financial management and budgeting principles and their applicability to practice settings.
  • Format:Blended live training
  • Date: May 30, 2019
    8:30 AM-3:30 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Length:1 day, 6 hour training
    *An online “office hours” will be offered Friday, June 14, 10:00-11:30 am for follow up questions.
  • Competencies:Financial Planning and Management Skills
  • Learning Level: Develop awareness of financial management and budgeting principles.Awareness
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours:Certificate of completion
  • Pre-requisites: Selection by BPHC

About this course

Traditionally in health and social service organizations, financial management and budgeting responsibilities have been the purview of the chief financial officer, accountants, and budget analysts. However, today, front-line managers are being called upon to integrate fiscal planning and management into their clinical and operational responsibilities.

As a public health leader, are you adept in financial management and budgeting principles, concepts and tools? Or, are you looking to further your knowledge and skills in this area.

This program is intended for public health leaders who have limited knowledge, skills and experience with financial management and budgeting or those wish to review and/or refresh their knowledge of fiscal principles.

What you will learn

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of financial management in the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day and long-term public health service delivery in the community.
  • Understand financial management and budgeting terminology often encountered in not-for-profit and governmental public health settings.
  • Differentiate among types of budgets applicable in a public health setting.
  • Examine the importance of and develop beginning knowledge about budgeting processes including budget preparation and variance analyses.


Subject Matter Expert


  • Dr. Rebecca Arsenault,
    Arsenault Consulting

The program will be taught by Dr. Rebecca Arsenault of Arsenault Consulting, based in Raymond, Maine. Dr. Arsenault has 35+ years of experience in health care administration, including responsibility for leading hospitals, physician practices and community health agencies. Rebecca earned a master's degree in community health from Boston University and a doctorate in health services administration from Capella University. Currently, Dr. Arsenault serves as adjunct faculty in University of New England's graduate public health program and Southern New Hampshire University's health care administration graduate program.


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.

For those already registered, you will receive an enrollment key ahead of the start date to access the full course page.
Enter the enrollment key provided in your email in the field below and then select Enroll me

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

Foundations of School Nursing Practice

How do School Nurses work at the intersection of public health education, and primary care to keep students safe, healthy and ready to learn?

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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)

    Any School Nurse seeking to refresh their knowledge of the regulations, requirements, and responsibilities of School Nurses in MA
  • Format: Blended
  • Price: $180  (due at the time of registration for the live class)
  • Length: 3  Online Lessons: 60 minutes each
    Live class: Two full days
  • Course Release Date: 07/15/2019
  • 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: 16.3 hours
  • Competencies: MA School Nursing Practice Regulations and Guidelines
  • Learning Level: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application
  • Companion trainings: Medication Administration in a School Setting: School Nursing Practice in Massachusetts
    SBIRT in Schools
    Mandated Screening
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide (PDF) and Technical Requirements (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: None

About this course

School nurses play an essential role in keeping students healthy, safe and ready to learn. When taking on a position in schools, nurses don’t always understand their role beyond providing clinical services to students. They need additional information about the roles they must assume to be leaders and public health partners to assure health and wellness - in their school, district, and community.

This foundational course introduces the laws, regulations and guidelines that affect professional school nursing practice in Massachusetts. Key topics relevant to school nursing, such as health equity, emergency preparedness, communicable diseases, behavioral health, and managing complex health conditions are discussed.

This is one of four training workshops mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) in order to be licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a School Nurse.

This course consists of 3 online lessons and a 2-day live class.  Learners must complete the first two lessons prior to registering for the live class. After the live class, they will return online to complete the lesson three, post-test and course evaluation – a code will be provided at the end of the live class to access these.  Please note:  Learners will be required to pay the $180 registration fee at the time of registration for the live class.

What you'll learn

After completing the training, you will be able to:

  • Support student health and academic success
  • Contribute to a healthy and safe school environment
  • Act as health and wellness leaders in their school, district, and community

Subject Matter Expert


  • Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN
    Director SHIELD
    Nurse Planner,
    BUSPH

Special acknowledgements

  • Thank you to the MA School Nurse Regional Consultants and the MA Department of Public Health School Health Services Unit for their contributions to this course design.
  • A special thank you to Mary Ann Gapinski, MSN, RN, NCSN, former Director of School Health Services, for her expertise, guidance, and support in preparing this course.


Having trouble accessing the course?
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SBIRT in Schools

How does SBIRT help me reinforce healthy teen behaviors?

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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 health or related professionals who will conduct verbal substance use screenings in school
    • Anyone who wants to learn more about the SBIRT in Schools program.
  • Format: Blended
  • Price: Free
  • Length: Online, self paced: TBD minutes
    Zoom Class: 2.0 hours
  • Course Release Date: 07/01/2020
  • 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: XX hours
  • Competencies: Verbal substance use screening using SBIRT
  • Learning Level: Knowledge, Comprehension
  • Companion trainings: Foundations of School Nursing Practice
    Mandated Screening
    Medication Administration in a School Setting
  • Supplemental materials: Course Guide (PDF) and Technical Requirements (PDF)
    SBIRT in Schools Resource Toolkit
  • Pre-requisites: For those seeking CEU or CNE Credit:
    • Registered Nurse
    • Licensed Social Worker (i.e., LICSW, LSW, LCSW)

About this course

Massachusetts law (MGL Chapter 71, Section 97) requires verbal substance use health screenings in public schools. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is being used as a comprehensive approach to meet this mandate. This course introduces learners to school SBIRT program implementation and best practices in screening, reinforcing healthy choices, and intervening when students report substance use behaviors.

This course includes both live Zoom and online training content.  Health professionals seeking contact hours and nurses seeking licensure as school nurses must complete all components of this course.

  • The first online lesson of this course describes the impact of substance use on teens, regulatory requirements for conducting verbal substance use screenings in schools, and key elements of the SBIRT in Schools program. The second online lesson provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing and how it is used to enhance conversations about behavior change.
  • The live Zoom session introduces learners to SBIRT skills including screening, providing positive reinforcement, conducting brief negotiated interviews using Motivational Interviewing principles, and making referrals.


What you'll learn

After completing the full course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of substance use on teens
  • Utilize the state approved verbal substance use screening tool
  • Summarize the elements of the REACT model (for students who do not report substance use, or screen negative)
  • Summarize the elements of the Brief Negotiated Interview (for students who do report substance use, or screen positive)
  • Identify statewide referral resources
  • Describe why MI is an effective counseling style when working with individuals with substance use
  • Describe how the components of the Spirit of MI facilitate conversations about change
  • Comply with MA regulatory requirements to implement a school based verbal substance use screening program


Subject Matter Experts

  • Angela Cooper, Cred, Trainer, MASBIRT TTA
  • Alissa Cruz, MPH, Program Director, MASBIRT TTA
  • Lee Ellenberg, LICSW, Training Manager, MASBIRT TTA
  • Alex Heinz, MSW, MPH, Trainer, MASBIRT TTA
  • Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN, CNE Nurse Planner
  • Caitlin Pettengill, DNP, RN, Assistant Director of School Health Services, MDPH
  • Wanda Visnick, MSN, RN, NCSN, HN-BC
  • Enid Watson, MDiv, Trainer, MASBIRT TTA


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 SBIRT in Schools Resources Section (the 4th gray box down the page).

Less is More: Clear Writing for Public Health Professionals

Do you write a lot of emails, memos, meeting minutes, or reports? Are you looking to increase the impact of your writing?

 

*This course is available only to pre-selected participants from the Boston Public Health Commission.

Course Information

  • Audience:Public health professionals
  • Format:Blended live workshop and online coaching
  • Price: Free
  • Length:6 hour workshop. Select participants will be offered online coaching, which includes four 30 minute sessions spread over 6 weeks. Each session will require 30-60 minutes of preparation, and will focus on a specific piece of writing.
  • Competencies:Communication Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
  • Learning Level: Workshop: awareness
    Coaching: performance Awareness
  • Credential(s) eligible for contact hours:Certificate of completion
  • Supplemental materials: None
  • Pre-requisites: None

About this course

Do you write a lot of emails, memos, meeting minutes, or reports? Are you looking to increase the impact of your writing? If so, this hands-on workshop is for you. 

This workshop is designed for people at all levels of public health who are looking to boost their writing skills, especially managers seeking to improve their written communication approaches with teams.

Select participants will be offered  online coaching to work on specific pieces of writing.

Subject Matter Expert


  • Dr. Ariela Freedman,
    Maven Tree Consulting

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Ariela Freedman of MavenTree Consulting, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Freedman is an experienced trainer with over 20 years of experience in education and public health, including CDC, state and local public health departments, Head Start, nonprofits, and public schools. Dr. Freedman earned her PhD from Emory University where she has also served as an Assistant Research Professor and is now adjunct faculty. Her workshops are known for being interactive, fun, and designed for immediate use back in the office.


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.

For those already registered, you will receive an enrollment key ahead of the start date to access the full course page.
Enter the enrollment key provided in your email in the field below and then select Enroll me

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

Health Equity Internship 2019-2020

NEPHTC Health Equity Interns can get their internship guidance materials here

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

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Course Information

  • Audience: Accepted Health Equity Interns
  • Format: Online Portal
  • Date/Time: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
  • 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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Course Information

  • Audience: Community health center personnel who have a direct role in emergency preparedness planning and response, as well as key decision-making staff such as executive directors, operations managers, office managers and facility staff.
  • Format: Blended
  • Price: Free
  • Start Date: January 17, 2017
  • End Date: February 14, 2017
  • Length: Two 90 minute webinars with a one-month team project period in between webinars
  • Competencies: Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, Domain 3: Plan for and Improve Practice
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Course Summary (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites:

About this course

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and hands-on planning experience incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) into your Center’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and customizing ICS tools for your Center’s use. The training will consist of two 90 minute webinars with a team project in between. Webinar #1 will provide an understanding of key incident management concepts for FQHCs, based on the Healthcare Incident Command System (HICS) model, including how it is incorporated into the EOP. Following the webinar, participants will update their Center’s EOP as a team and customize standard HICS tools for their center. Technical assistance will be available to Center teams as requested during the 4-week period between the two webinars. On webinar #2, participants will share their accomplishments and challenges updating their plans and tools followed by a presentation on how to draft and execute a workplace exercise to test their organization’s utilization of HICS.

This training is a collaboration between NEPHTC, the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers.

What you'll learn

This course provides practical knowledge on how to apply basic HICS principals and concepts in the Community Health Center environment. Successful participants will improve their ability to apply HICS by updating ICS aspects of their EOP and customizing ICS tools for their centers. The training is appropriate for individuals with all levels of experience with emergency operations planning.

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

  • Discuss the importance and purpose of utilizing HICS to manage the response to an incident.
  • Discuss how HICS is incorporated into the organizational Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
  • Describe the primary functions and management principles of HICS.
  • Recognize the key HICS tools and forms used in incident management.
  • Update the organizational EOP to enhance the use of HICS when the plan is activated
  • Select HICS tools and forms to be used within the organization and adapt them as necessary.
  • Provide examples of common challenges updating an organizational EOP and associated HICS tools.
  • Identify initial steps to draft an exercise to test the use of HICS in a simulated EOP activation.
  • Locate resources to support the design and execution of an exercise.
  • Summarize course key concepts

Instructors

Enrollment and Completion

To enroll in this course, please select the Enroll Me button below. Note that centers are strongly encouraged to register as teams of 2 to 5 staff from each Center.

This course is designed for Community Health Center staff. Participants must attend both webinars and participate in the team project in order to receive a NEPHTC Certificate of Completion. Any questions about the program or enrollment can be directed to Kathi Traugh at kathi.traugh@yale.edu or by calling 203-785-2868.

Foundations for Local Public Health Practice

Are you new to local public health in Massachusetts? Or do you have experience but just want to refresh your skills? This blended course (live and online) will teach you how to provide the ten essential public health services according to local and state laws, regulations, and policies.

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Course Information

  • Audience: Public health professionals new to the field as well as professionals with experience who have an interest in advancing their knowledge and skills
  • Format: Blended
  • Start Date: October 28, 2019
  • Price: $150
  • Contact hours: 17.5 contact hours to Certified Health Officers (CHO) and Registered Sanitarians (RS), and 15 hours for Registered Nurses (RN).
  • Length: 21 Weeks (end April 8, 2020)
  • Effort: 2-6 hours per week
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Course Overview (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites: Written supervisor approval

    * Please note, no one will be denied entrance to the course due to inability to pay. If there is an issues with the cost, please email lphi@bu.edu to discuss a possible waiver of fee.

About this Course

The course is now at capacity - we are not accepting new applications.

Enrollment and Contact Hours

Note that you must first register for this course by completing a registration form (PDF). Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an enrollment key to access the course.

This course offers a cross-disciplinary approach to local public health practice in Massachusetts and is based on the three core functions and ten essential public health services. It incorporates the US Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives.

The course goal is for Massachusetts public health workers charged with carrying out routine and emergency environmental and population-focused health functions to appropriately provide the ten essential public health services according to local and state laws, regulations, and policies.

Course participants may be Massachusetts local or state public health agency:

  • Staff

    Includes Agents, Directors, Emergency Preparedness Coordinators and Planners, Environmental Health Sanitarians or Specialists, Health Inspectors, Health Officers, Sanitarians and Public Health Nurses

  • Governing Bodies

    Includes Board of Health members -elected or appointed and Commissioners

  • Consultants

    Working for state or local public health agencies

The course is appropriate for professionals new to the field as well as for professionals with experience who have an interest in advancing their knowledge and skills.

Participation in the course requires:

  1. Written supervisor approval
  2. Two to six hours of work per week (multiple break weeks are built in)
    1. Attendance at all live lessons (classes and webinars)
    2. Completion of self-paced E-Learnings
    3. Completion of individual assignments
  3. Successful completion of the course requires ALL assignments be completed and ALL live sessions attended

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and up to 17.5 continuing education credits. Self-paced trainings completed as part of the course offer additional certificates and credits.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the ten essential public health services in local practice
  • Employ cross disciplinary partnerships
  • Perform routine and emergency environmental and population-focused health functions according to local and state laws, regulations, and policies

This is a blended course and each weekly session will include live lessons (classroom or webinar) or self-paced E-Learnings. Lessons are taught by instructors who are subject matter experts in their field of study. Lessons include optional resources for participants to learn more about each topic.

All course materials will be posted on the New England Public Health Training Center learning management system.

Meet the Course Manager


Seth Eckhouse
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    Course Manager

Sponsors

  • Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts
  • New England Public Health Training Center

Enrollment and Contact Hours

Note that you must first register for this course by completing a registration form (PDF). Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an enrollment key to access the course.

Trouble accessing the course or other course-related questions? Contact Seth Eckhouse at seckhous@bu.edu.

Course Information

  • Audience: Center personnel who have a direct role in emergency preparedness planning and response as well as key decision-making staff such as executive directors, operations managers, office managers and facility staff. Teams of 3 to 5 staff or more from each center are encouraged. Each team should appoint a leader to coordinate the project.
  • Format: Blended
  • Price: Free
  • Start Date: March 1, 2018
  • End Date: March 29, 2018
  • Length: Two 90 minute webinars with a one-month team project period in between webinars
  • Competencies: Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies, Domain 3: Plan for and Improve Practice
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Course Summary (PDF)
  • Pre-requisites:

About this course

The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and hands-on planning experience incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) into your Center’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and customizing ICS tools for your Center’s use. The training will consist of two 90 minute webinars with a team project in between. Webinar #1 will provide an understanding of key incident management concepts for FQHCs, based on the Healthcare Incident Command System (HICS) model, including how it is incorporated into the EOP. Following the webinar, participants will update their Center’s EOP as a team and customize standard HICS tools for their center. Technical assistance will be available to Center teams as requested during the 4-week period between the two webinars. On webinar #2, participants will share their accomplishments and challenges updating their plans and tools followed by a presentation on how to draft and execute a workplace exercise to test their organization’s utilization of HICS.

This training is a collaboration between NEPHTC, the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness and the Maine Primary Care Association.

What you'll learn

This course provides practical knowledge on how to apply basic HICS principals and concepts in the Community Health Center environment. Successful participants will improve their ability to apply HICS by updating ICS aspects of their EOP and customizing ICS tools for their centers. The training is appropriate for individuals with all levels of experience with emergency operations planning.

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

  • Discuss the importance and purpose of utilizing HICS to manage the response to an incident.
  • Discuss how HICS is incorporated into the organizational Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).
  • Describe the primary functions and management principles of HICS.
  • Recognize the key HICS tools and forms used in incident management.
  • Update the organizational EOP to enhance the use of HICS when the plan is activated
  • Select HICS tools and forms to be used within the organization and adapt them as necessary.
  • Provide examples of common challenges updating an organizational EOP and associated HICS tools.
  • Identify initial steps to draft an exercise to test the use of HICS in a simulated EOP activation.
  • Locate resources to support the design and execution of an exercise.
  • Summarize course key concepts

Instructors

Enrollment and Completion

To enroll in this course, please select the Enroll Me button below. Note that centers are strongly encouraged to register as teams of 2 to 5 staff from each Center.

This course is designed for Community Health Center staff. Participants must attend both webinars and participate in the team project in order to receive a NEPHTC Certificate of Completion. Any questions about the program or enrollment can be directed to Kathi Traugh at kathi.traugh@yale.edu or by calling 203-785-2868.

Massachusetts Public Health Inspector Training: Housing

How do public health and housing officials comprehensively and uniformly enforce housing-related laws and regulations in Massachusetts? Learn how to enforce State Sanitary Codes 105 CMR 400.000 and 410.000 in this blended course.

Massachusetts public health inspector training: housing

Course Information

  • Audience: Inspectors from municipal and state agencies charged with enforcement of housing- related laws and regulations and laws as well as attorneys, court personnel, and others who work on housing-related matters.
  • Format: Blended
  • Start Date: May 6, 7, and 12 2020
  • Price: $100 for MHOA members, $150 for non-members.
  • Contact hours: Online learning: 8 contact hours for RS and CHO and RN; Classroom (3 days): 22.5 contact hours for RS and CHO
  • Length: Generally takes six to nine months to complete, with a one year maximum.
  • Competencies: Housing, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Learning Level: Performance
  • Supplemental materials: Syllabus, May 2020 (PDF)

Pre-requisites

Now accepting applications for the May 2020 Class

About this Course

This course is designed to train public health and housing officials to comprehensively and uniformly enforce housing-related laws and regulations, including State Sanitary Codes (SSC) 105 CMR 400.000: General Administrative Procedures and 410.000: Minimum Standards of Fitness for Human Habitation, which we will refer to as 400 and 410, respectively.

At the conclusion of the course, a Certificate of Completion will be provided to all learners who successfully complete the 5 course elements listed below. A contact hour certificate (7.5 hours/day) can be printed or saved after evaluations are submitted at the conclusion of each of the three classroom days. Self-paced modules that you completed as part of the course offer additional certificates and credits.

Course Elements consist of the following:

  1. Pre-Classroom Assignments (include prerequisite online trainings and a pre-test)
  2. Classroom Training (3 days)
  3. Virtual House Inspection
  4. Supervised Field Training (minimum of 5)
  5. Online Final Assessment (minimum grade of 70% to pass)

What you'll learn

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Inspect various types of housing to protect the health, safety, and well-being of occupants and the general public, in accordance with state laws and regulations
  • Conduct appropriate enforcement procedures until compliance with regulatory standards is achieved

Meet the Primary Instructors


  • Paul Halfmann,
    Assistant Director of Community Sanitation Program
    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Amy Riordian,
    Environmental Analyst
    MDPH Community Sanitation Program

Enrollment and Contact Hours

The May 2010 class is now accepting applications. The places are limited, and will be assigned on a first come - first served basis. For those already registered, you will receive an enrollment email ahead of the start date to access the course materials and pre-work assignments

Enter the enrollment key provided in your email in the field below and then select Enroll me.

Trouble accessing the course or other course-related questions? Contact Seth Eckhouse at seckhous@bu.edu.