January 25, 2022. This Hot Topics webinar shares how organizations can help address racial bias using the “Racial Justice Competency Model for Public Health Professionals.”

Learning Objectives

  • Identify steps to cultivate cultures of belonging in all shared spaces
  • Consider the importance of using the Racial Justice Competency Model in addressing racial bias and creating a sense of belonging
  • Apply health and racial equity principles across public health policies and practice competently using the Racial Justice Competency Model

December 14, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews tips for developing more inclusive data practices that better represent the people behind the numbers.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider the importance of inclusion in public health data visualizations.
  • Detect biases that impact the visualization process.
  • Identify basic approaches for inclusive data visualization practices.

November 16, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews framing principles about alcohol and drugs to help practitioners, journalists, advocates, and other communicators tell a new story about this urgent and timely issue.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of framing in telling the story of alcohol and drugs in the United States and in helping broad audiences imagine the systems-level solutions required to reverse trends.
  • Identify how harmful stereotypes are reinforced in the “usual stories” about drugs and alcohol and what is needed to develop and tell new "solutions" stories.
  • Specify resources to both illuminate current patterns in communications about drugs and alcohol and to help build a new narrative.

October 26, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, considers strategies for preventing firearm injury in older adults with cognitive impairments.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the major risks related to having firearms in the home.
  • Identify the period of greatest risk for perople with Alzheimer’s Disease and its related dementias regarding suicide.
  • List and understand key policy and other pragmatic solutions being used to address firearm safety around the country. 

May 27, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, considers successful strategies for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Alaska.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role of the Alaska Tribal Health System, tribal self-determination, and Alaska Native demographics.
  • Describe how the Alaska Tribal Health System supports Alaska’s public health system and industries.
  • Review Alaska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the innovative state and tribal vaccination campaign.

April 27, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, considers how public health organizations can navigate change in the face of disclosed or undisclosed trauma experienced by staff.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider methods for assessing organizational and individual change readiness. 
  • Discuss Prosci’s ADKAR change management tool for identifying barriers to change.
  • Describe how to screen for the prevalence of trauma and the organizational capacity to successfully manage and minimize it throughout the change lifecycle.

March 30, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews strategies and policy approaches for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the history of how intimate partner violence came to be viewed as a public health issue in the United States.
  • Examine epidemiological data on intimate partner violence as it affects adolescents.
  • Consider strategies for addressing adolescent intimate partner violence through state laws.

February 23, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews how the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department began to apply a racial equity lens to their existing health equity work and how other agencies can get started too.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider the importance of focusing on policy, systems, and environmental changes to address racism’s impacts on health.
  • Identify the key strategies and objectives of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Racism, Resilience and Action Response Team.
  • Summarize the Racism, Resilience and Action Response Team’s achievements after the local board of health declared racism a public health crisis and directed the health department to take specific actions to address it.

January 26, 2021. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews the nuances of local governance in Washington state to better understand the financial, political, and cultural factors that influence local public health oversight.  

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the nuances of local governance in Washington state, with an emphasis on the community response to local public health decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Describe the financial, political, and cultural factors that influence and drive local public health oversight.
  • Gain insights and strategies for addressing local and state policies that impact public health governance.

December 15, 2020. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, considers how to frame vaccine issues and promote responsible media coverage.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role of message framing in driving the public’s understanding of vaccines.
  • Consider research-based principles related to framing vaccine coverage.
  • Discuss opportunities and strategies for improving media coverage of vaccines.

November 23, 2020. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews how public health professionals can make sure accurate messages cut through an abundance of information and help steer the public conversation. 

Learning Objectives

  • List key elements that nurture the rise of false and misleading information, like uncertainty and mistrust.
  • Understand the connections between COVID-19 and climate change conspiracy theories and messaging.
  • Consider how to apply findings and strategies from the latest research on the psychology of misinformation to your communications work.

October 27, 2020. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, explores strategies for building trust and confidence in local public health.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the unique characteristics of Idaho’s South Central Public Health District and how COVID-19 has impacted its people and industries.
  • List key leadership strategies for building trust with elected officials, community partners, and the public to address the health risks associated with a pandemic.
  • Consider lessons learned for navigating the politics of a pandemic.

September 29, 2020. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews how health departments can partner with businesses on prevention and health promotion.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand health equity issues related to small worksites in low-wage industries and their employees.
  • Describe the goals and the work of the Connect to Wellness program.
  • Describe opportunities for health departments to use Connect to Wellness to engage with local employers.

August 31, 2020. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews the investments needed to build a modern public health system.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe historical trends associated with disinvestment in core public health services.
  • Identify the risks of disinvesting in public health in light of current crises like COVID-19.
  • Consider policy actions to reverse trends of disinvestment and improve the nation’s public health infrastructure.

July 29, 2020. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, explores equity-focused leadership skills for the COVID-19 crisis.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe public health leadership challenges in the context of COVID-19 and racism crises. 
  • Identify the range of health challenges presented by different inequities in rural America, as identified in Alaska.
  • Identify equity-focused leadership and communication strategies for addressing challenges related to today’s health crises.
  • Describe how tribal sovereignty, federal responsibilities, and state regulatory authorities interact related to public health in Alaska.