of Public Health Expands Education Outreach with Web-streaming
Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (December 18, 2003) -- The University at Albany School
of Public Health has launched a Web-streaming educational
series aimed at nurses, physicians, educators and other public
health professionals. Sixteen streaming video programs are
currently online, with plans to launch another 25 to 30 by
Web-streaming media initiative is a continuation of the School
of Public Health's efforts to provide relevant distance educational
programming for public health professionals, which began in
2001 with live satellite broadcasts of presentations by public
health experts and other programs. "Our mission is to
make information accessible to busy professionals and environmentalists
who work in public health professions, wherever they are and
whenever they need it. This tool allows us to reach that goal,"
said Carol Young, director of Continuing Education at the
School of Public Health.
range of material offered is designed to appeal to a broad
spectrum of public health professionals as well as those in
parallel professions. "We'd like to reach a national
audience. The material is relevant, and the presentation on
the Internet makes it accessible to everyone. Certainly specific
topics will be of interest to different people, but we aim
to develop programs with broad scope and reach. Some would
certainly have international appeal especially from entities
abroad who want, but can't get our satellite broadcasts,"
said Cheryl Reeves, associate director of Continuing Education.
programs offer an online application for continuing-education
credits, and all are free of charge.
Topics cover public health law
to agricultural terrorism
The Web-streaming programming, initiated during the fall 2003
semester, originates from different sources within the public
health sector and covers topics from women's health to public
health preparedness and cancer mapping. Currently available
from the University's Center for Public Health Preparedness
(CPHP) is "Addressing
the Threat of Food and Agricultural Terrorism" with
Bruce L. Akey, DVM. CPHP will follow this selection with a
new program each month, with such programs as "Coordinating
Community Response: Public Health, Hospitals, Law Enforcement
and Emergency Management Services," "Public
Health Law Related to Terrorism", Bioterrorism and
Zoonosis," and "Addressing Intentional or Accidental
Threats of Water Contamination."
Also online is recorded programming from the ongoing Women's
Health Grand Rounds (WHGR) satellite broadcast series, including
Care" with Dr. Cynthia Chazotte, "Breast
Milk and Breastfeeding for NICU Infants" with Dr.
Richard Schanler, Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence, and Karlene H. Hill,
and "Folic Acid Update for Health Care Professionals,"
with Dr. Godfrey P. Oakley Jr. Two programs from the school's
popular Third Thursday Breakfast Broadcasts (T2B2) are also
available online: "Creating
Health Equity Through Social Justice" with Dr. Adewale
Troutman, director of the Fulton County Department of Health
and Wellness, Atlanta, GA; and "Cancer Mapping: The NYSDOH
Cancer Surveillance Improvement Initiative," with Mark
Baptiste, director of the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention
and Adult Health, New York State Department of Health.
Continuing education credits
Additional WHGR and T2B2 programs already available online
are slated to offer continuing education credits shortly,
with the Ecological Aftermath of 9/11," "Emergency
Preparedness: What's Your Competency?", "The
Public Health Response to Terrorism: Past Experience &
Future Challenges," "Antibiotic
Resistance: A New Public Health Problem," "'Smart
Growth and Public Health," "Unlocking
the Door to Understanding Our Target Audiences: Tobacco Control,"
Well, Play Hard: A Model for Preventing Childhood Overweight,"
Screening," and "Thriving
in School: Healthy Kids Learn Better."
The Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University
of Albany was funded in 2002 with a grant from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention. The Women's Health Grand
Rounds and T2B2 programs are funded primarily by the New York
State Department of Health. T2B2 programming's Internet availability
is also supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA) grant through the New York New Jersey Public Health
Training Center (NYNJ PHTC).
For information on Web-streaming programs from the University
at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness, go to www.ualbanycphp.org.
For complete information about the Web-streaming library for
the Women's Health Grand Round Series and T2B2 go to www.albany.edu/sph/coned/videostream.html.
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