October 29, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, discusses a unique community coalition in Klamath County, Oregon, that is connecting economic improvements to health.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the intersections between health and economic development.
  • Learn about interventions to community health on various levels of the socio-ecological model.
  • Review how a collaborative approach to community health improvements in a rural community can operate.

September 23, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews how non-tribal public health agencies can better collaborate with tribal entities to support community health.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe important historical events for tribes in Washington that shape their communities today.
  • Define key concepts like sovereignty, collaboration, and consultation as relevant to working with Native American tribes.
  • Identify resources to strengthen good working relationships with tribal public health partners.

August 27, 2018. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews messaging strategies for hot-button issues like vaccines, climate change and fluoridation.

Learning Objectives

  • Recall what recent dental health data reveal about the impacts of ceasing community-level fluoridation programs.
  • Recognize how critics of fluoridation, vaccinations and other contentious public health issues misrepresent the purpose and findings of scientific reports.
  • Understand how to provide crucial facts that shape the public’s understanding of relevant risks, data and disease impacts.
  • Understand techniques for choosing effective visuals for fact sheets, social media and other communication tools. 

July 23, 2019. In the July session of Hot Topics in Practice, Meredith Li-Vollmer, PhD, explores how comics can be used for creative public health messaging.

Learning Objectives

  • List key organizational considerations when developing comics for public information.
  • Describe why comics are effective for conveying health information to diverse audiences.
  • List examples of how comics have been used for health promotion, risk communication, and health advocacy.

June 25, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, describes how Clark County Public Health in Washington State responded to a measles outbreak in a community with large populations of unvaccinated children.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how a local public health department identified and responded to a measles outbreak.
  • Consider the role of community health care providers and systems in working with governmental public health partners.
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities associated with addressing an outbreak, including data quality, communication, building community trust, and the role of policy in improving immunization rates. 

May 21, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews strategies for working with small data sets to better understand health issues, with examples from urban Indian communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify health issues and initiatives important to urban Indian communities.
  • Explore the impacts of racial misclassification on research, policy, and public health practice.
  • List strategies for data analysis and reporting to correct for racial misclassification.

April 30, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews how to address homelessness with new messages and interventions.

Learning Objectives

  • List the upstream determinants of homelessness.
  • Describe evidence-based approaches to preventing homelessness (primary, secondary, and tertiary).
  • Describe mechanisms to fund housing initiatives in major cities on the West Coast.

March 26, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, reviews how a large health department in Oregon reduced their clinical services to focus more on primary prevention.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify planning tools and strategies for considering a change from direct clinical care to population-based services.
  • Describe communication strategies for informing internal and external audiences about large organizational changes and collecting input from them about the transitions.
  • Identify evaluation measures to assess population health outcomes and organizational processes when changing the delivery of key public health services.

February 26, 2019. This one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, explores how public health professionals can take a lead in preventing opioid misuse. View part one of this two-part series on systems thinking and public health.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how to apply systems thinking methods to analyze the opioid crisis.
  • Describe public health’s role in addressing substance misuse and addiction at the community versus the client or clinical level.
  • Review how to apply a comprehensive, cross-sector approach to the opioid crisis at the local and state levels.

January 29, 2019. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Mary Kay Chess explores how systems thinking can be used to understand and resolve difficult public health problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage in systems thinking to identify key stakeholders for public health problems.
  • Consider and articulate interdependencies and interconnections in complex systems.
  • Explore how to identify adaptive, upstream interventions within complex systems.

December 20, 2018. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, David Farrer, MS, PhD, reviews how his colleagues addressed community concerns after high levels of arsenic and cadmium were detected in a Portland neighborhood.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the relationship between environmental public health agencies and the work of state and local environmental quality agencies.
  • Recognize good sources of and common caveats associated with environmental sampling data for evaluating human health risks.
  • Identify credible sources of evidence-based information on the health effects of environmental chemical contaminants.
  • Identify key strategies for communicating about an unseen environmental health concern.

November 27, 2018. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Judith LaPan, MS, MBA, discusses how her rural Montana health department adopted an emergency response framework to better support emotional health in their community.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of a community-based approach to improving emotional wellness and addressing mental health in areas with limited resources.
  • Understand the process and tools used to create a community-driven plan to improve emotional wellness.
  • Identify solutions being implemented to improve emotional wellness and community resiliency.

October 24, 2018. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, communications professor Devon Greyson explores ways to help public health professionals and clinical providers speak about vaccinations.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of understanding individual and community factors that influence vaccine hesitancy.
  • Identify context-appropriate interventions to build trust and confidence among parents and community partners.

September 25, 2018. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Sarah Coefield, MS, discusses how the Missoula City-County Health Department supported public health during prolonged smoke events of the 2017 summer wildfire season.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the threats wildfire smoke poses to individuals and public health systems.
  • Identify clean air intervention strategies for communities prone to wildfires and smoke events.
  • Identify potential community and funding partners to address health threats associated with wildfires.

August 28, 2018. In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Kirsten Aird, MPH, shares the public health approach to engaging older populations and community partners in addressing health issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Review demographic and health trends underpinning the need for public health agencies to engage more with older populations.
  • Review the Trust for America’s Health’s Public Health Framework to Support the Improvement of Health and Wellbeing of Older Adults.
  • Identify strategic objectives for a public health organization that would benefit from new partners in aging services.
  • Align Public Health 3.0 (or Public Health Modernization) priorities with health across the lifespan initiatives.