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    Webinar Description: In collaboration with the Great Lakes PTTC, this engaging 90-minute webinar aims to deepen understanding of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and explore their significant impact on community health outcomes. Participants will gain insights into the primary preventionist's role in addressing SDOH and learn practical strategies for collaboration with various partners. The session is designed to move beyond the theoretical understanding of SDOH, prompting action by highlighting successful examples and providing actionable steps for prevention providers to integrate these determinants into their work effectively. By focusing on collaboration and action, this webinar seeks to empower participants to make a tangible difference in their communities. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Define and explain the concept of social determinants of health and their importance in health equity. Identify the role of prevention providers in addressing SDOH within communities. Highlight successful examples of SDOH integration into prevention practices. Offer practical strategies for effective collaboration with other partners working on SDOH. Motivate participants to apply learned strategies in their practice to improve community health outcomes.   Who Should Participate: Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Great Lakes region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.   Dates & Times: This webinar will occur 12:30 p.m. Pacific/2:30 p.m. Central and be repeated at 3:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Central. Participants are not expected to attend both sessions. States and American Samoa June 26, 2024 03:30 p.m. or 06:00 p.m. Eastern 02:30 p.m. or 05:00 p.m. Central 12:30 p.m. or 03:00 p.m. Pacific (Including Arizona) 09:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. Hawaii 08:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.  American Samoa Pacific Jurisdictions June 27, 2024 07:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands 06:30 a.m. or 09:00 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae 05:30 a.m. or 08:00 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap 04:30 a.m. or 07:00 a.m. Republic of Palau (Earlier time option: view in your time zone) (Later time option: view in your time zone)     Presenters: Nicole M. Augustine, Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants Inc., embodies the spirit of innovation and advocacy in public health. With a vibrant career launched from Cornell University and propelled at George Washington University School of Public Health, Nicole has evolved from a campus harm reduction counselor to a beacon of prevention and equity in public health. A trailblazer in substance misuse prevention and a passionate social justice advocate, Nicole's contributions are not just professional but deeply personal. Her role as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network and consultant to the Prevention Technology Transfer Center underscores her commitment to tangible, widespread change. In 2022, Nicole authored the groundbreaking "Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide," bridging a crucial gap in the field and empowering professionals to excel in substance misuse prevention.   Cost: Free!   Register Here for the 12:30 pm Pacific Webinar: Click here to register for the earlier webinar session   Register Here for the 3:00 pm Pacific Webinar:  Click here to register for the later webinar session   Certificates of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event. Questions? Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).
Webinar/Virtual Training
In collaboration with the Pacific Southwest PTTC, this engaging 90-minute webinar aims to deepen understanding of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and explore their significant impact on community health outcomes. Participants will gain insights into the primary preventionist's role in addressing SDOH and learn practical strategies for collaboration with various partners. The session is designed to move beyond the theoretical understanding of SDOH, prompting action by highlighting successful examples and providing actionable steps for prevention providers to integrate these determinants into their work effectively. By focusing on collaboration and action, this webinar seeks to empower participants to make a tangible difference in their communities. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Define and explain the concept of social determinants of health and their importance in health equity. Identify the role of prevention providers in addressing SDOH within communities. Highlight successful examples of SDOH integration into prevention practices. Offer practical strategies for effective collaboration with other partners working on SDOH. Motivate participants to apply learned strategies in their practice to improve community health outcomes.   This webinar will occur 12:30 p.m. Pacific/2:30 p.m. Central time and be repeated at 3:00 p.m. Pacific/5:00 p.m. Central time. Participants are not expected to attend both sessions. Register Here for the 2:30 pm Central Time Webinar: Click here to register for the earlier webinar session Register Here for the 5:00 pm Central Time Webinar:  Click here to register for the later webinar session   Presenter: Nicole M. Augustine, Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants Inc., embodies the spirit of innovation and advocacy in public health. With a vibrant career launched from Cornell University and propelled at George Washington University School of Public Health, Nicole has evolved from a campus harm reduction counselor to a beacon of prevention and equity in public health. A trailblazer in substance misuse prevention and a passionate social justice advocate, Nicole's contributions are not just professional but deeply personal. Her role as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network and consultant to the Prevention Technology Transfer Center underscores her commitment to tangible, widespread change. In 2022, Nicole authored the groundbreaking "Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide," bridging a crucial gap in the field and empowering professionals to excel in substance misuse prevention. Certificates of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event. Questions? Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).   The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
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Our Community of Practice series reflects the spirit of lifelong learning. We will never know everything about these evolving and challenging topics. There is rarely just one right answer. But by taking time to talk about these issues with our peers, we get insight and learn new perspectives. We hope you will join us for these facilitated conversations on Zoom that are made better by your presence. Real World DEI: A Closer Look at Self-Assessment - June 27th Learning, unlearning or re-learning equitable and inclusive living is a process, and a personal one at that. Three bias and discrimination tools will be brought to the table, and participants are welcome to bring assessments they may have used. Our conversation will focus on the moments and on-going changes – the a-ha moments – that a good self-assessment creates. We will also discuss how individual self-assessment can transform into organizational assessment. Creativity: Your Professional Spark - July 25th “Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while working.” – Henri Matisse. Oh, snap! Does it?! Whether it does or doesn’t, let’s talk about creativity, how we stoke it, how we grow it, and most importantly, how we do or don’t, can or cannot, bring our creative selves to our daily work lives. And is your daily work life different from your profession? We will also brainstorm ways to get creativity flowing at work, and discuss guidelines for keeping it on track. Leadership: Exploring 2 Types: Servant & Transformational - August 22nd Greenleaf is credited with beginning servant leadership with an essay in 1970, and our field, practiced mostly in a non-profit setting, tends to attract servant leaders. In the 1980s, Bass expanded on Burns’ 1970’s Transformational Leadership theory and added ways to measure its success. There are excellent reasons to practice these styles, and there are challenges as well. We will discuss how we practice these styles (whether we knew we did or not!), other styles of leadership that we use, challenges we experience in leading with these styles, and how we can continue to grow in our leadership journey. These conversations will be held virtually from Noon to 1:00pm (CST) on 4th Thursday's of the month. Join us for Community of Practice conversations with hosts Cindy Pharis and Steve Miller.
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    How many times have you seen (or given!) a presentation where the audience's eyes glazed over with boredom or exhaustion? How do we communicate ideas that are important to us in a way that's meaningful to our audiences? Can we make complex science and deep data meaningful to non-expert audiences? Interestingly, directorial and editing techniques that have long been used in movies correspond with some of the best practices derived from cognitive research about how we can engage our audiences in the delivery of our ideas. This webinar looks at how we can create highly engaging and impactful presentations in our substance misuse prevention work.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Explain how basic narrative techniques apply to the successful design and delivery of presentations Describe how design and composition affect an audience's ability to process our messages Apply the Pixar storytelling framework to presentation content design   PRESENTER:  Brian Klaas  Brian Klaas is the Assistant Director for Technology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Teaching and Learning. He also has a faculty appointment in the School's R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education. As the architect for online learning technology at the School, he leads a team that designs and delivers custom online courseware to thousands of students around the world each year. He teaches graduate level courses on communications design and data visualization for non-expert audiences as well as applications of generative artificial intelligence in public health. Brian heads the university’s IT Accessibility Training and Education subcommittee and the Hopkins Universal Design for Learning initiative at Johns Hopkins. Brian has presented on techniques for successful online learning delivery and UDL programs at conferences throughout the country, including Educause, OLC, TeachX, UBTech, APHA, TechEd, Syllabus, and CUE.   The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders
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COURSE DESCRIPTION The SSW PTTC region 6 and Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center (SPTAC) regions 6 and 7 provides insights about the "Principles for Prevention Professionals Across the Spectrum," formally the continuum of care. In this comprehensive session, participants explore the fundamental principles that guide effective prevention practices across the entire Spectrum.   Select the View Resource button to watch the recording and link to the materials below. Principles for Prevention Professionals across the Spectrum PPT PRESENTERS Sarah Davis, MNM is the associate director for the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center housed within the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center is one of 10 HRSA-designated regional public health training centers. She leads a team that provides high-quality, primarily distance-based training to professionals addressing public health issues throughout PTTC Region VIII. She also supports national workforce development efforts as part of the Public Health Learning Network. Sarah holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management and has spent the past 20 years in the public health field working as a project and team leader, a facilitator and trainer, grant writer and manager. Her background includes program planning and implementation, integrating program and policy initiatives, and working with coalitions. Sarah lives in Denver with her husband, high school daughter, and two dogs. Sean P. Byrne, MED, MCP, ICPS, LMSW, LPC-S is the Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the University of Oklahoma’s Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center.  He is the owner/CEO of The Byrne Center, a private counseling practice serving individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma issues. He has written and been awarded grants to work with local law enforcement doing critical incident debriefings, training a law enforcement peer support team, and a collaborative mental health/law enforcement response team. Sean is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Master of Social Work, Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, and EMDR therapist who has been engaged in community and individual change for over 30 years. Sean is the former Co-Chair for the Partnership for a Drug Free Oklahoma and co-founder and past President of the Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance, a legislative advocacy group that helped pass numerous laws surrounding alcohol, tobacco, and drug use.   Sean has been active in the Oklahoma treatment and prevention systems for his entire career, starting as a Teenline volunteer while in high school and serving as an Executive Director of a regional prevention center for over 20 years. He has a Masters of Secondary Education with an emphasis in Community Mobilization, and a Masters of Counseling Psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and recently completed a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma.  
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  Webinar Description: In collaboration with the Great Lakes PTTC, this engaging 90-minute webinar aims to deepen understanding of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and explore their significant impact on community health outcomes. Participants will gain insights into the primary preventionist's role in addressing SDOH and learn practical strategies for collaboration with various partners. The session is designed to move beyond the theoretical understanding of SDOH, prompting action by highlighting successful examples and providing actionable steps for prevention providers to integrate these determinants into their work effectively. By focusing on collaboration and action, this webinar seeks to empower participants to make a tangible difference in their communities. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Define and explain the concept of social determinants of health and their importance in health equity. Identify the role of prevention providers in addressing SDOH within communities. Highlight successful examples of SDOH integration into prevention practices. Offer practical strategies for effective collaboration with other partners working on SDOH. Motivate participants to apply learned strategies in their practice to improve community health outcomes.   Post Webinar Materials Integrating Social Determinants of Health Slide Deck   Presenters: Nicole M. Augustine, Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants Inc., embodies the spirit of innovation and advocacy in public health. With a vibrant career launched from Cornell University and propelled at George Washington University School of Public Health, Nicole has evolved from a campus harm reduction counselor to a beacon of prevention and equity in public health. A trailblazer in substance misuse prevention and a passionate social justice advocate, Nicole's contributions are not just professional but deeply personal. Her role as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network and consultant to the Prevention Technology Transfer Center underscores her commitment to tangible, widespread change. In 2022, Nicole authored the groundbreaking "Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide," bridging a crucial gap in the field and empowering professionals to excel in substance misuse prevention.   Certificates of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event. Questions? Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions.
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Women’s use and misuse of substances create unique challenges, especially in treatment and recovery from opioids. Medical research on substance use by women, along with other health-related concerns, is largely lacking, especially research specific to women and their physiological differences and tolerance of substances to that of men. In the case of opioids, this is […]
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