Training Highlights: Needs Assessment, Community Recovery, Food Security

training-highlights-photo-1The topics of this week’s highlighted trainings range from public health training needs assessment, how to implement a community recovery model, and strategies for improving community food security within a local food system via school gardens.

Take the Data and Run: Applying New Training Survey Results in Your Organization

From: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

On November 28, Luann D’Ambrosio, Associate Director at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, will share the results of the center’s 2016 regional public health training needs assessment, including a review of how needs assessment data can support workforce development plans and accreditation activities. Erika Nuerenberg, Assistant Director of the Whatcom County Health Department, shares how her agency used the assessment results to build an organizational training plan and an agency-wide mentoring program that have local and regional applications.

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Community Recovery: Awareness Level

From: Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts (NEPHTC)

This module will focus on Capability 2, Community Recovery. Community recovery is defined by the CDC as the ability to collaborate with community partners (healthcare organizations, businesses, school systems, emergency management) to plan and advocate for the rebuilding of public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health systems to at least a level of functioning comparable to pre-incident levels (improved levels where possible). Effective community recovery requires collaboration, not only with community partners, but also with all levels of government and across community boundaries.

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Improving Community Food Security through Community School Gardens

From: Region IX Western Region Public Health Training Center

A food system comprises of the entire process from which food moves from farm to fork. This includes the production of food such as growing and harvesting, processing the food to increase its value, and packaging raw and processed food.

This online course is designed to provide knowledge and tools needed to improve community food security using community and school gardens. Course Objectives are: 1) To identify the benefits of local food systems, including community and school gardens specifically, to public health, the environment, and the economy. 2) To identify key indicators for data collection to evaluate the impact of community and school gardens. 3) To explain the process for gaining School Garden Certification. 4) To explain the role of comprehensive plans & zoning regulations in establishing community and school gardens.

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