A Large Dose of TED

TED Talks LogoIf you are ever in need of some inspiration (and who isn’t?), just look to TED.com – a sight dedicated to sharing “ideas worth spreading”. When it comes to public health, simply do a search in their repository of TED Talks and you’ll find about 118 different talks that are relevant to some aspect in public health.

Before you say to yourself “I don’t have time to watch a TED Talk,” you may want to consider the following:

  • TED Talks range anywhere from 5 and 20 minutes.
    Watch one during lunch or when you need a little break from the day-to-day tasks. Grab a few co-workers, hover around the computer, watch and be inspired. Or, start the weekly office meeting with a viewing. If you have time to check your Facebook news feed or forward funny YouTube videos to your friends, then you have time to watch a TED Talk!
  • Watching a TED Talk may align with Essential Public Health Services.
    Let’s look at EPHS #10. It states “Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.” Many of the TED Talks invite viewers to reflect on community problems and local health issues from a fresh or new perspective. In fact, some talks go so far as to offer additional ways to contribute to their on-going discussions about a topic. Isn’t this the start of research? Couldn’t a series of ideas spark new conversations in your organization that eventually lead to new programs or processes to solve local health problems?
  • TED Talks may improve your Core Competencies.
    For instance, the core competency under the Leadership and Systems’ Thinking Domain states “[8A2] Describes how public health operates within a larger system.” Several TED Talks often provide meaningful insights into public health networks and systems. Talks given by top public health experts often share where these systems have failed (are failing) and where they succeeded (are succeeding). Don’t believe me? Just watch Laurie Garrett’s talk on “Lessons Learned from the 1918 flu.”

Don’t know where to start? No problem! Here are the Top 10 TED Talks on Public Health. At the very least, watch one of those!

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Free Webinar: Core Competencies of Public Health with Dr. Adewale Troutman!

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice just announced an upcoming FREE webinar “Core Competencies in Public Health” hosted by Dr. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH.

Date: March 18, 2013
Time: 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Adewale Troutman
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2013
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Summary: The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are broad sets of skills that are useful in the public health field. These skills strengthen the public health workforce at all career levels and help improve performance.

Audience: This course is designed for public health workers and Florida Department of Health employees.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and identify the 8 domains.
  2. Learn why competencies are important in public health and how they are used.
  3. Find out how public health employees use Core Competency tools.
  4. Recognize the benefits of Core Competency training.
  5. Understand how public health employees can use Core Competencies in various stages of their careers.
  6. Find out how Florida and other states use Core Competencies in public health.

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For more information, please contact Desiree Liburd, Assistant Program Director in Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice at 813-974-9070 or dliburd@health.usf.edu.

Course: Basic Epidemiology

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Need to dust off your Basic Epi skills?

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice recently launched a new section of their online course entitled “Basic Epidemiology.” The training course develops the awareness and knowledge of public health workers who may be deployed on Field Epidemiology strike teams. It is designed to help them assist local, regional, state, and national epidemiology staff in disease investigations during surge capacity.

In four (4) hours, participants will become able to:

  • Define terms and concepts associated with epidemiology.
  • Understand how to design and/or modify field epidemiology surveys and questionnaires.
  • Understand strategies for setting up an epidemiology field investigation surveillance system.
  • Be aware of the procedures and protocols for sampling and packaging of clinical specimens.
  • Be aware of the policies related to quarantine and isolation.
  • Understand interview communication concepts and techniques.
  • Understand the function of and associated interview skills for epidemiological contact investigation.

This course was developed to meet the Public Health Core Competencies in the Analytical and Assessment Skills [1] and Communication Skills [3] domains.

The related public health core competency are:

  • [1A4 and 1B4] Uses methods and instruments for collecting valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data.
  • [1A8] Adheres to ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information.
  • [1B8] Employs ethical principles in the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information
  • [3A6, 3B6, 3C6] Applies communication and group dynamic strategies in interactions with individuals and groups.

The course also meets the following Related Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies in Domain 2. Communicate and Manage Information

  • [2.3] Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency throught the chain of command
  • [2.4] Collect data according to protocol
  • [2.5] Manage the recording and/or transcription of data according to protocol.

OFFERED BY: USF Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice
COST: Free
DELIVERY METHOD: Online
REGISTRATION: Go to CLPHP’s course page for instructions.

FPHTC-OMP Participants: The Basic Epidemiology course mentioned above is for professional development and can be applied towards program completion.

Course: Public Health Leadership and Systems’ Thinking Certificate Program

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice is introducing a new certificate program entitled “Public Health Leadership and Systems’ Thinking Certificate Program.” The program consists of three (3) online courses, which participants may take one or all in any order for professional development. However, all three courses must be completed in order to obtain the program completion certificate.

The three courses equal 3 contact hours and their descriptions are included below:

[COURSE 1] Public Health Performance Improvement: Programs and Processes
This course addresses the performance improvement, quality improvement, and performance standards of the public health system and public health agencies. It helps participants identify and describe national, state, and local public health performance improvement processes to effectively measure, report, and improve public health organizational performance. (Click for more details…)

[COURSE 2] Public Health Systems, Services, and Practice: Infrastructure and Functions
This course examines the role of the public health system within the local, state, and national infrastructure and the social, political, and economic factors that impact an organization’s functions. (Click for more details…)

[COURSE 3] The Art and Science of Ethical and Effective Public Health Leadership.
This course reviews the leader’s role in creating and maintaining a shared public health vision to guide practice and community action. It describes the public health leader’s role in creating an organizational culture that incorporates ethical standards of public health practice. (Click for more details…)

This program was developed to meet six of the 8 Public Health Core Competencies in the Leadership and Systems’ Thinking domain. The related Public Health Core Competencies are:

  • Describes how public health operates within a larger system.
  • Describes the impact of changes in the public health system and the larger social, political, economic environment on organizational practices.
  • Identifies internal and external problems that may affect the delivery of the Essential Public Health Services.
  • Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals.
  • Participates with stakeholders in identifying key public health values and a shared public health vision as guiding principles for community action.
  • Participates in the measuring, reporting, and continuous improvement of organizational performance.

This program also was developed to meet Public Health Essential Service #8: “Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.”

OFFERED BY: USF Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice
COST: Free
DELIVERY METHOD: Online
REGISTRATION: Go to CLPHP’s course page for instructions.

Online Mentor Program Participants: All of the courses mentioned above are for professional development and can be applied towards your program completion.