From the Public Health Learning Network: Winter Resources and Announcements


This winter’s announcements from the Public Health Learning Network include invitations to meet the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) at the 2017 NNPHI Annual Conference, the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH), and the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo. We also invite you to access a new course guide that reviews and rates online courses for public health professionals. Check out the list below to learn more.

  • Register for the NNPHI Annual Conference: We’re pleased to welcome Linda Rosenberg, MSW, as a keynote speaker at the 2017 NNPHI Annual Conference. Ms. Rosenberg is the President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health and is a national expert in the financing and delivery of mental health and substance abuse services. She has been instrumental in leading the National Council in becoming our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery. Registration for NNPHI Annual 2017 is now open.
  • Register for the National Conference on Tobacco or Health: The 2017 NCTOH will take place March 22 – 24, 2017 in Austin, TX. NCTOH is one of the largest, long-standing gatherings of the United States tobacco control movement. It attracts a diverse set of public health professionals to learn about best practices and policies to reduce tobacco use – the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Visit the NCTOH website for more information about confirmed keynote speakers, exhibit opportunities, and other details. Registration ends on February 27, 2017.
  • Meet the PHLN at the 2017 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo. Find us in booth 716 to meet members of the Network, and bookmark org/events in the coming weeks to learn more about the PHLN’s sharing sessions and poster presentations.
  • Learn more about the Navigator and Georgetown Report: The PHLN is building the Public Health Learning Navigator, a curated, guided and individualized experience to help public health learners navigate to high-quality training, tools and resources they need to support community and population health. The Public Health Learning Navigator will serve as a platform through which national public health partners, funders, and practitioners come together to:
    • identify key workforce development needs;
    • determine best methods for developing and delivering quality, innovative training;
    • leverage opportunities for modernization;
    • maximize resources; and
    • ensure that the public health workforce has the capacity to respond to increasingly complex public health challenges.
  • Read this blog post about the PHLN Navigator and sign up to learn more.
  • Catch up on the latest Public Health Acceditation Board guide: In December 2016, PHAB released a new Guide to National Public Health Department Reaccreditation: Process and Requirements. This Guide presents the official requirements and process for the reaccreditation of public health departments. The Guide pertains to accredited health departments that submitted their application for initial accreditation on or before June 30, 2016.
  • Explore and share the new Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) training: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NNPHI, the Texas Health Institute, Region VI Public Health Training Center, and other partners have jointly developed a virtual training course titled, “Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP).” VCEHP is a free, online curriculum available to all environmental health professionals and public health practitioners interested in understanding the tools and techniques available to address public health pests and vectors that spread pathogens. Nine in ten pilot testers said they would recommend this training to a colleague. It’s free, practical, and you can earn CEUs.

New Resources

Check out this PHLN-curated selection of letters, reports, and publications about mental and behavioral health in the United States:

Turn the Tide RX: Surgeon General’s Call to End the Opioid Crisis

The United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. wrote a letter to public service colleagues as a call to action in response to the opioid epidemic.

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SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

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Is Mental Health Declining in the U.S.?

This article examines  the current state of mental health in our nation, and explores innovative approaches to addressing a growing epidemic of mental disorders.

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Incidence of Mental Health Diagnoses in Veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, 2001-2014

As part of an  analysis of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn veterans, researchers describe social predictors of mental illness among U.S. veterans.

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HOPE FOR TOMORROW The Collective Approach for Transforming South Carolina’s BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health’s Behavioral Taskforce has developed  a report about the current state of care, resources, and service rates of mental health care in South Carolina..

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 The Contagious Spread of Violence through Social Networks in U.S. Adolescents

According to this study of of 90 118 US students aged 12 to 18 years who were involved in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, violence among US adolescents spreads like a contagious disease through social networks.

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See the February 2017 edition of Elevate »

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