Professional Development: Understanding the Collaborators, an edX class

Do you work with teams on projects for your job? Have you wanted to explore ways to enhance your team’s effectiveness? Then this free online class might be of interest to you!

This course is designed to give you a greater understanding of collaboration and ways to manage it. As cloud technology use increases, it becomes more and more important to understand how people collaborate and exchange information so that you can best select technological tools to support their efforts.

What you’ll learn:

* Interaction Techniques – how to engage effectively with team mates and others
* Your Collaboration Style – what is your communication style and how can you engage with other styles in a productive and meaningful way?
* How to build virtual teams – how to collaborate with teams that are distributed across offices/buildings
* How to lead within teams – gain the foundational principles needed to effectively lead within teams both locally and in virtual settings

Begins: November 13
Course length: 4 weeks
Time involved: 2-4 hours/week
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $99
Institution: Microsoft

Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action

Unconscious biases – everyone has them. Your background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context can have an impact on your decisions and actions without you realizing it. So how can you recognize it and overcome it?

In this short free online training, through research-based assessments and exercises, you will move from awareness to action, learning how to interrupt bias and leverage the full potential of diverse teams and colleagues in your workplace. This training will help you understand what unconscious bias is and introduce you to some necessary skills to counter its negative impact.

What you’ll learn

* Build awareness to understand what unconscious bias is and why it matters.
* Understand the impact of unconscious bias at work and the impact it has on your decision making.
* Develop skills to help you recognize and take action to manage bias.
* Create a goal-setting plan to work toward becoming an inclusive leader by managing your unconscious bias.

Time needed: 1-2 hours
Price: Free, with a Verified Certificate available for $49
Institution: CatalystX

More on this class including how to register is available online at edX.

Introduction to Legal Epidemiology, an online course

Why does the life expectancy in two neighboring counties differ? How does raising the minimum wage affect health? How do you assess the effectiveness of a newly adopted law aimed at preventing traumatic brain injury in youth? Is there an approach that answers all of these questions? Yes – It’s called legal epidemiology!

Legal epidemiology provides a scientific approach to studying the impact and effectiveness of laws on health. This class, offered by the Public Health Law Academy, introduces the basics of this important discipline. It is intended for public health practitioners, public health lawyers, policy analysts, and epidemiologists.

After this training, you will be able to

* explain how law affects health
* define and describe basic legal epidemiology principles
* apply legal epidemiology in practice

The Public Health Law Academy, supported by the CDC, promises a deeper understanding of the use of law and policy to improve population health outcomes. The Public Health Law Academy offers other classes as well.

Social Media Analysis During Disasters!

Would you like to learn how to monitor social media such as Facebook and Twitter for information during disasters? Want to learn how to filter it for the valid and actionable items? Then this free online course by the Disaster Information Management Research Center of the National Library of Medicine may be for you!

Social media, with trending stories at our fingertips, can provide vital and timely information during emergency situations. But for emergency managers, information specialists, and other decision makers responding to these large-scale disasters, it is challenging to filter through the volume of noise on social media to identify valid, actionable information.

The purpose of this course is to help you develop and implement a plan that will help you effectively monitor and analyze the disaster information appearing on social media.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

* Develop a plan for monitoring social media for disaster information
* Monitor social media for actionable information during disasters
* Choose reliable social media sources and use a checklist to verify content
* Practice techniques to lessen uncertainty and information overload

Health and Disability 101: Training for Health Department Employees

Are you interested in learning more about people with disabilities and how to include them in your health department activities? NACCHO’s Health and Disability Program is proud to announce a new online e-learning module titled Health and Disability 101: Training for Health Department Employees. The purpose of this training is to educate health department staff about the benefits of including people with disabilities in all public health programs, products and services.

Cost: Free
Time: Each module will take about a hour to complete: five modules total

Professional Development: Teamwork & Collaboration online course

Do you work in a team environment? Would you like to learn more about decision-making, consensus-building, and problem-solving within a group environment? This edX free online course may help shed some light on these skills.

Topics in the course include:

– Team formation and development
– Building, leading, organizing, and motivating teams
– Managing conflict in groups to build productive professional relationships
– Collaboration among cross-functional teams
– Interpersonal relationship dynamics in small groups

Begins: January 15, 2018
Course length: 3 weeks
Time involved: 6-8 hours/week
Price: Free with a Verified Certificate available for $49 if desired
Instructor: David Neumann, Professor, School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Find out more about this class including how to register at the edX website.

The Prevalence of Prescription Opioid Misuse: Doctor Shopping, Co-ingestion, and Exposure, an online class

Do you need more information on the prescription opioid epidemic? Then this free online class by NIDA Notes and IRETA 2 might be of interest. You can read more about it on the IRETA website.

This self-paced online course covers three important aspects of prescription opioid misuse. The three sections will introduce you to prescription opioids, the link between multiple doctors and opportunities for misuse, and the prevalence of high-risk use among adolescents (including mixing pills with other drugs).

Continuing Education Credits are available:
NAADAC Approved for 2 CEHs (FREE)
PA CADC Approved for 2 CEUs (FREE)
Social Work Approved for 2 CEUs ($10.00)

Free membership to myIRETA, the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions’ collaboration and online learning portal is required.

New Material Added to ToxTutor, NLM’s Toxicology Tutorial Resource

Could you use a plain language refresher on toxicology? Would you like it to include illustrations and animations? Then this self-paced tutorial from the National Library of Medicine may be of interest to you!

You may use ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. This tutorial will provide you with a basic understanding of the subject. You can obtain a certificate of completion if wanted by completing the tutorial through NLM’s free learning management system.

The National Library of Medicine has added new material to its basic online version. The new sections cover Basic Physiology, Introduction to Toxicokinetics, Absorption, Distribution, Biotransformation, Excretion, and Cellular Toxicology. New animations were created including From a Gel to a Cell, which follows the
journey of a chemical from a theoretical shower gel product through several membranes and ultimately into a cell. The tutorial also has a glossary of more than 300 toxicology-related terms.

Time required: about 3 hours
Cost: free
Certificate of Completion available

While a knowledge of anatomy and physiology is not required for viewing ToxTutor, the Introduction to the Human Body from the National Cancer Institute provides a good introduction to the topic.

Public Health Law Academy

Find the law challenging to understand? Want a clearer understanding of the role it can play in improving population health? Then you may wish to explore the online trainings provided by the Public Health Law Academy.

The Public Health Law Academy, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives you a deeper understanding of the use of law and policy to improve population health outcomes. Developed in cooperation with ChangeLab Solutions, the easy-to-use online trainings offered here are essential for all public health professionals.

These online trainings are appropriate for all public health professionals, including public health lawyers, public health nurses, public health educators, public health advocates, and public health faculty and students.

The Public Health Law Academy currently offers introductory courses as well as classes on hot topics, and plans to add courses in legal epidemiology soon.

Understanding systematic reviews and more at PubMed Health

Hilda Bastian from NLM will be talking about PubMed Health on July 26. This free online webcast can help you learn how to use PubMed Health for your work. This may be useful because, while it looks a lot like PubMed, PubMed Health is looking for information on clinical effectiveness, and some of the results that you find here will not appear in a PubMed search. This webinar will provide an overview of PubMed Health’s features, discussing recent and coming developments.

PubMed Health brings together systematic reviews of the effects of health care with information support tools to help researchers, consumers and clinicians
find and use reliable evidence. It also incorporates methodological resources about clinical effectiveness research.

Clinical effectiveness research looks for answers to the question, “What works?”, in health and medicine. PubMed Health also developed resources to help you with the complex task of systematic reviewing. Systematic reviewing is a key part of clinical effectiveness research. It is used across many other research areas, too.

A PubMed Health search will first seek out systematic reviews that match your terms. These results are displayed for you in the middle of the results screen. Your search will also look for methods guidance and studies that match your terms. PubMed Health content partners include AHRQ, Cochrane Collaboration, National Cancer Institute, DARE (Database of Reviews of Effects), and the University of California Press, among many others. These organizations and agencies provide the unique content available to you in PubMed Health. Due to the content here, your search can also be filtered in other interesting ways not available in regular PubMed.

Date: Jul 26, 2017
Time: 12:00PM PT
Cost: Free

Registration is now available online.