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Public Health Learning (August 2018)

Related Categories: Workforce Development

Topic: TRAIN

Author: Samantha Draper

Date: 7/31/2018

Public Health Learning 
August 2018
Achieving Healthier Populations & Communities
The Opioid Epidemic is Becoming A Long-Term Crisis
The increased understanding that substance abuse is both a chronic disease and a public health issue that impacts community members has led to health department staff playing a greater leadership role in addressing the opioid epidemic at both the local and state levels. In June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed 25 bills aimed at combating the ongoing opioid epidemic, most of which will either directly or indirectly impact health department staff or members of the communities in which they work. The passage of these bills further proves that this crisis isn't going away anytime soon.
Did you know?

The abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs costs our nation more than $740 billion annually in related crime, lost work productivity, and health care? Learn more facts about substance abuse at the National Institute on Drug Abuse .
Substance Abuse & Misuse Resources
  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has developed a toolkit that provides detailed steps for using prescription drug claims data to analyze patients' opioid levels and identify certain patients who are at risk of opioid misuse or overdose.

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently updated their Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit, which is designed to help people who use opioids, healthcare providers, families, and other community members prevent overdose deaths related to opioid use.

  • This month's featured infographic from The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) focuses on the latest data related to the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator (LHI) topic of substance abuse.

Training Spotlight:

This one-hour advanced knowledge-based course trains providers on opioid safety/overdose prevention and training patients to respond to an overdose with Naloxone.

Consolidates the vast amount of information available to clinicians into a course that provides clinicians with the information, resources, and knowledge they need to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain, including non-pharmacological treatments.
Substance Abuse & Misuse Events / Webinars

August 8, 2018. 3-4pm EDT.
Sponsor: National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Association for Addiction Professionals

August 8, 2018. 6-9:30pm PT.
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

August 9, 2018. 12-1pm EDT.
Sponsor: Tennessee Department of Health

August 22, 2018. 3-4:30pm EDT.
Sponsor: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

August 28 -30, 2018. Boston, MA
Sponsor: National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

Additional Events

August 8 - 10, 2018. Raleigh, NC.
Sponsor: National Association of Local Boards Of Health (NALBOH)

October 7 - 9, 2018. New Orleans, LA.
Sponsor: The Root Cause Coalition
The Opioid Crisis: PHF Helps You to Respond Effectively
For nearly 50 years, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) has been helping organizations and communities identify and solve complex problems. See our population health approach to addressing the opioid crisis and access PHF's Opioid Response Planning Guide .
Use TRAIN to Find CEs for Your Certified in Public Health Credential
Public Health Foundation has partnered with the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential, encouraging CPH professionals to use the TRAIN Learning Network (TRAIN) to find continuing education credits. Approximately 7,000 individuals have passed the CPH exam and qualified CPH are required to report at least 50 recertification credits every two years to maintain their credential. This year alone, CPH were required to report a combined total of 95,150 CPH recertification credits to maintain their certification. 

CPH are being directed to TRAIN as an opportunity to find recertification credits. While CPH can report any qualifying credits in their recertification process, we encourage you to add CPH to your public health offerings on the TRAIN platform. All training should be reported as 1 CPH credit per hour of activity.

Your organization is also invited to apply to become a CPH CE Partner with the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) which will further promote your continuing education activities. See the “Become a CE Partner” page for more information. 

On behalf of Public Health Foundation and the TRAIN Learning Network, thank you in advance for your support of the CPH credential and professionalizing the field of public health!
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Public Health Learning (August 2018)