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Public Health Works


What is Public Health Works? 
Public Health Works is a training series for the public health workforce, health care personnel, and other professionals that focus on increasing the effective and efficient use of quality improvement methods and recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) to improve organizational performance and community health.
Utilizing web streaming, Public Health Works delivers training programs consisting of three segments. The first segment features case studies and interviews with leaders in public health employing best practices in the field. The second segment includes an expert panel discussion facilitated by a moderator. The final segment is a question and answer session from public health, healthcare, community health, and other professionals from across the country.
Who benefits from Public Health Works?
State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial (STLT) Health Department staff, health care professionals, and community health workers that want to receive training on evidence-based strategies and quality improvement techniques.
How do I participate in Public Health Works?
In order to participate, attendees will need to register via TRAIN and have access to a broadband internet connection. 

Participants may:

View Public Health Works On-Demand
Immunization Strategies: Using the Evidence and What Works to Improve Practice is an on-demand training program that will strengthen your knowledge of evidence-based immunization strategies to increase vaccine rates and prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. It focuses on promoting the effective and efficient use of recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) and quality improvement methods to improve organizational performance and community health outcomes. This program features interviews and examples from a case study in Los Angeles. Featured experts include:
  • Jonathan Fielding, ​M.D., M.P.H, M.B.A, Director of Public Health and Health Officer for Los Angeles County,
  • Ray Strikas, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Officer with the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, and
  • Lucy Wells, M.A.O.M, D.H.A. Candidate, Quality Manager with the Duval County Health Department in Florida.


What are the Program Objectives?
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how a local health department uses the Task Force's findings in The Community Guide to save resources and improve health outcomes.
  • Describe the challenges to improving immunization rates in a community setting.
  • Identify two evidence-based strategies to increase immunizations.
  • Describe how quality improvement techniques apply to community immunization practices.


Continuing Education
Continuing education (CME, CNE, CEU, CECH) is available for this training series.  A post-test and an online evaluation must be completed through CDC (Course No. WD2058) to receive the appropriate continuing education. 


CME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Public Health Foundation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of
Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides 1.2 contact hours.

IACET CEU: The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the
International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old
Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to
offer 0.1 ANSI/IACET CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated
provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) to receive up to 1.0 Category I CECH in health education. CDC provider number GA0082.



CDC, our planners, and our presenters wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters with the exception of Dr. Oliver Brooks, and he wishes to disclose he was an expert speaker of Merck and Sanofi​ Pasteur and received honoria​ from both.

Planning committee discussed conflict of interest with Dr. Brooks to ensure there is no bias. Planning committee reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content does not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use. 

CDC does not accept commercial support.

Purpose of Public Health Works 
The Public Health Works series aims to provide the Public Health community with:
1. Best Practices
Identify STLT health departments, their partners, and other organizations using The Community Guide to implement evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes in communities.
2. Improved Outcomes
Communicate the latest research and strategic information on current and emerging public health challenges, including key Winnable Battles and leading causes of death. "Public Health Works" will seek STLTs, their partners, and other organizations to share their implementation challenges, creative solutions and encountered barriers. These experiences will be shared and distributed through the field to ultimately lead to improved health outcomes.
3. Collaboration
Facilitate collaboration and create synergy among the practice and academic communities and national public health organizations.
4. Workforce Development
Serve as a training model for the greater public health practice community, underserved populations, and the health care community.
5. Innovation
Combine quality video production with the latest technology in distance learning to create enduring learning products that communicate best practices and the impact of evidence-based strategies and quality improvement techniques.
Refer to The Community Guide for programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.
Funding for this activity was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under CDC-RFA HM08-8050301SUPP10.
































Public Health Works