North Carolina Public Health Trainings

Health Literacy: Columbus County Health Department 

Dr. Denise Isibel with the University of North Carolina Wilmington's School of Nursing presented a training to the Columbus County Health Department staff on October 30, 2018. Following this training, staff at the Columbus County Health Department were able to define health literacy, explain implications of low health literacy on patient understanding, health outcomes and health care costs, and name three ways to implement the AHRQ Universal Precautions toolkit in their specific practice. If you are interested in having this training at your health department, please contact

Demystifying Advocacy: Part 2 

Part two of this training will help you understand what are important NC priorities, identify possible public health legislation, utilize effective communication and advocacy techniques, articulate/understand how a bill becomes a law, and be able to use the NC General Assembly and congressional websites to identify and contact representatives and track bills. 

Demystifying Advocacy: Part 1

Part one of this training will help you understand the difference between advocacy and lobbying, and how to advocate. It will increase awareness of advocacy opportunities at the national, state, and local level. Also, you will gain a shared understanding of methods of advocating at the local level, and learn how to better integrate advocacy into your work and strengthen it. 

They "Call The Shots" but You Provide The Evidence: Partnering With Caregivers to Counsel on Vaccines and Vaccine Hesitancy 

What can you do to help increase the number of children who get vaccinated in your community? You can partner with caregivers in advocating for evidence-based practice by dispelling myths and providing caregivers the facts they need to make an informed choice for their child. This workshop will give participants increased knowledge regarding the most recent infant, pediatric and adolescent immunization schedule supported by the CDC, approaches in discussing vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy with caregivers, and various resources available that are centered on pediatric vaccines and approaching vaccine hesitancy.

Racial Equity Institue: Phase 1 - Foundational Training in Historical and Institutional Racism 

This Phase I workshop helps participants become clear on how race and racism have been constructed in the United States and how ideas about racism live in our unconscious minds and social structures even 50 years after the successes of the Civil Rights movement. This workshop is important for people of color and white people who are committed to eliminating racism. It provided an analysis that helped participants gain clarity about how racism is organized and how to work to disrupt its powerful influence.  Participants who attended this workshop gained an increased awareness about the foundational causes of institutional racism, an increased opportunity to begin dialogue within participant’s own agencies and spheres of influence, and are now able to identify systems level opportunities to improve equitable outcomes.

Project GoDIS: Digital Innovations Focusing on Health Promotion and Exercise Motivation in Sweden

Although Sweden is viewed by the U.S. as having a healthy population that has unlimited access to healthcare, there are still some challenges. Specifically, approximately 44% of Swedes self-report insufficient physical activity (objective measures show as low as 4-7% meeting recommendations) and approximately 20% of the population is estimated to have a sedentary lifestyle. In efforts to address this health problem and to promote a more physical active community, it is important to use innovative strategies that involve technology. Although e-health services are multi-faceted, current literature demonstrates a distinct need for theoretically-grounded interventions and services.   

The Role of Leisure in Promoting Physical Activity Among Rural Dwelling Adults Living with Cardioverter Defibrillators

The purpose of this presentation is to present study findings and implications. More specifically, researchers will facilitate a discussion with session attendees specific to: the perceived supports and barriers that influence rural dwelling individuals with ICDs’ participation in physical activity, and ways in which healthcare professionals providing services to rural dwelling individuals with an ICD can improve the content and delivery of patient education and individualized patient care.

Health Literacy for Providers 

The purpose of this presentation is to inform and engage participants about health literacy. The presentation will increase understanding of health literacy, the importance of a health literate organization and how to implement specific tools of the Agency for Health and Research Quality (AHRQ) Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit.

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Health Literacy for Support Staff 

The purpose of the program is to educate community and public health care support service staff about health literacy and their role in health literacy for improved patient outcomes, and strategies to implement health literacy practices in their organization.

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Red Cross Shelter Fundamentals and Simulation


This training, presented by the American Red Cross, prepares participants to assist in resourcing, opening, operating, and closing a disaster response shelter and to practice the roles and skills required to assist evacuated community members. 

Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Departments 


This training discusses the importance and value of breastfeeding, reviews what makes a breastfeeding-friendly clinic, and explores common misconceptions about infant feeding. 

A Groundwater Approach to Addressing Racial Inequities


This training, presented by the Racial Equity Institute, uses both data and stories from a variety of sources to provide a new framework for thinking about the root causes of inequity.

Solution Focused Practice


This presentation provided information on Solution Focused Practice for the Human Services and Solution Focused Practice with Veterans and Families.  

Coming Together: Building Inter-professional Research and Practice Teams


This presentation, by Dr. Diane Pastor, will focus on the science and experience of building inter professional health care teams to investigate questions which benefit community caregivers caring for frail older adults with chronic illness and dementia. Using inter professional models of care, Dr. Pastor will illustrate her professional experiences bringing caregivers together to meet the needs of caregiving families.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases 


This training, presented by infectious disease doctor Richard Trotta and Angela Medina, focuses on diseases transmitted by mosquitos commonly found in southeastern United States, including West Nile Fever, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika virus. It provides education and increasing knowledge around clinical presentation of diseases, risk reduction to prevent diseases, and resources/tips for local and state health departments to prepare for mosquito-borne diseases, concentrating on Zika.

Community in Crisis: Responding to the Opioid Epidemic in Southeastern North Carolina


This training addresses the Opioid Epidemic in Southeastern North Carolina. It consists of 13 outstanding keynote speakers from across the country, the state and our community. These speakers provided the audience with data on the opioid epidemic, response models from the U.S. Attorney’s Office; Project Lazarus, a Quick Response Team from Colerain Township, Ohio, the health care system, the faith based community, the L.E.A.D Program from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Trillium recovery oriented system of care. Each speaker influenced our community to follow different models and action plans that have been successful within their communities.

T.R Reid


Free-market, industrialized democracies provide healthcare for everybody and yet they spend far less than the USA. How do they do that? 

T. R. Reid circled the globe (twice) to find the answer. His reporting led to the national bestseller The Healing of America and two documentaries for PBS Frontline. Reid finds that it’s not all “socialized medicine” out there; many countries cover everybody with private doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. The U.S. has struggled to provide health care broadly and affordably, but there are notable developments at the state level that may point the way to the future. Reid has been deeply involved in his home state's effort to create ColoradoCare, which would provide coverage to every Colorado citizen. In this training he will discuss what he has learned.

Zika Trainings

CDC/AMA Webinar: Preparing for Zika Transmission in the US


This CDC/AMA webinar presents an update on the epidemiologic and clinical aspects of the Zika outbreak, as well as the implication for pregnant women, including CDC's updated interim clinical guidance.  

CDC Public Health Grand Rounds: Preventing Aedes Mosquito-Borne Diseases


This CDC Grand Rounds session highlights the importance of preventing Aedes mosquito-borne diseases.  These mosquitos are the primary vector for Zika virus.  

The Most Important Year in North Carolina’s Healthcare History


Transformation of our healthcare delivery system is evolving from fee for service to value-based care. This lecture provides a broad overview of the current status and future path of healthcare in North Carolina and review how public health initiatives are currently serving as a safety net for primary care efforts in our region.

Health Coach Training


Health coaching is an emerging profession and a mainstream approach to adapt to the changes initiated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The role of a health coach is imperative in this shift to a collaborative and patient-centered health care approach.  It involves helping patients gain the knowledge, skills, tools, and self-efficacy to discover their own solutions and achieve their self-identified goals to healthier outcomes.  The training focuses on the spirit, foundational skills, and tools needed for coaching, as well as a framework for the coaching relationship.  The training also facilitates a mindset shift from a directive communication style to a guiding style with an emphasis on the patient's own needs and desires.  This interactive training includes lots of hands-on practice and is specifically designed to prepare participants to earn a certificate as a Health Coach.  

Food Systems and Public Health


This session focused on the various tools and methods that have been utilized to assess food systems in southeastern North Carolina.  The presentation educate participants about the pitfalls, issues, and realities of our food system and its impacts on health outcomes.  Attendees should develop a clear understanding of the steps required, and the tools, time, and resources necessary to develop a baseline food systems assessment.  

Environmental Asthma Triggers


Provides information on indoor and outdoor exposures that exacerbate asthma and allergies and strategies for health professionals to communicate with their patients about eliminating or reducing those exposures.  Educational tools and materials can be used with populations of varying literacy levels to help them understand current environmental health research about asthma and allergies and its implications for their daily lives. 

Grant Writing Fundamentals


Securing grant funding is a vital component to organizational sustainability. This seminar is designed to cover the basics of grant writing and the fundamental skills needed to write effective proposals. Participants will learn about grant readiness techniques to implement before a RFP is announced to increase opportunities for funding.

Approach to Preventing Diabetes


This webinar provides insight on the CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Change Program by providing information about the program, including structure, implementation and collaboration opportunities through aligning state, regional and local diabetes prevention goals and resources. This program is evidence-based, with proven effectiveness and sustainability in settings such as public health, healthcare, worksite wellness, faith and community-based organizations. Additionally, opportunities for establishing and/or supporting new programs are presented.