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DPHHS Summer Institute

17th Annual Montana Public Health Summer Institute - July 16-20, 2018 - Radisson Hotel - Helena Montana

Monday 16th

Tuesday 17th

  • STD/HIV: Passport to Partner Services (8am-5pm)
  • OSI: Making Community Health Planning Work for Your Community (8am-12pm)
  • PHEPCommunity Resiliency (8am-5pm)
  • FCS: Communications at the Crossroads: Managing Stakeholder Communication (8am-5pm) 
  • Lunch: On Own
  • OSI: Improving the Culture of Quality within your Organization (1pm-5pm)

Wednesday 18th

Thursday 19th

  • Registration (7am-9am)
  • CDEpi: Wild About Zoonotics: Surveillance, Investigation, and Reporting in MT (8am-5pm)
  • OSI: Mental Health & Substance Abuse 101 for Public Health Professionals (8am-5pm)
  • HPPCertified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (8am-5pm)
  • Lunch: On Own

Friday 20th

  • CDEpiWild About Zoonotics: Surveillance, Investigation, and Reporting in MT (8am-12pm)
  • OSI: Mental Health & Substance Abuse 101 for Public Health Professionals (8am-12pm)
  • HPP: Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (8am-5pm)
  • Lunch: On Own


Community Resiliency - Join us for the Community Resilience course and learn about the meaningful actions that you and your community can take to enhance resilience to natural hazards. Learn about the opportunities available to incorporate these actions into professional practice. Also, increase your understanding about community resilience (CR) and how it can benefit hazard planning, including practices of how community resilience can be enhanced at the local level. Learn about resources and tools that can assist to identify the various components of risk and strategies for integrating community resilience into existing plans and programs. Instructors: Karen Blackwood, PhD, MS, MPA, CEM Director of ICDP and Barb Clark, Paramedic, FEMA K9 Handler, MEP, Training and Exercise Manager from the Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness

Communications at the Crossroads: Managing Stakeholder Communication2 –Dr. McBride specializes in communications techniques and public relations and has experience as a public information officer. She recently presented a workshop at the FDA regional meeting in Spokane.  She will be providing a hands-on interactive workshop, focusing on dealing with communication challenges between retail food establishment operators and sanitarians. Instructor: Dr. Kelly McBride, Ed.D., M. Ed assistant professor of communications, York College in Pennsylvania

Passport to Partner Services3 - Passport to Partner Services is a national curriculum developed by CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Division of STD Prevention, in collaboration with the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) – Partner Services and Program Support Centers. Launched in April of 2013, Passport provides training for disease intervention specialists (DIS) and other partner services providers including medical providers. The Passport to Partner Services courses are based on the “Recommendations for Partner Services Programs for HIV Infection, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydial Infection(https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5709a1.htm)” (MMWR Recommendations and Reports, November 07, 2008 /Vol. 57/no. RR-9). It replaces the Employee Development Guide (EDG), Introduction to STD Intervention (ISTDI) and HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) courses as the essential training for partner services providers offered by CDC and its training partners. The Passport to Partner Services courses include both web-based self-study modules and a traditional classroom component. 

Making Community Health Planning Work for Your Community - Community health planning is integral for developing community partnerships to identify and address priority health issues. This course is designed to develop the skills needed to engage stakeholders and build partnerships for community health improvement planning. Questions such as ‘what do we focus on as a community?’ and ‘how does leadership facilitate and work to achieve community health objectives?’ will be address throughout the course.

Improving the Culture of Quality within your Organization - What exactly is QI? [WA1] Where do I even begin to develop a QI program in my health department? This course will begin with an introduction on quality and quality improvement (QI) in public health. Learn about QI models, tools, and resources to improve your organization’s culture of quality. Hear from local health departments and their journey on building a QI program in their organization.

Wild About Zoonotics: Surveillance, Investigation, and Reporting in Montana2 - This is an intermediate level communicable disease investigation course with a focus on select zoonotic diseases.  Course content will include a review of general epidemiological concepts, public health law, and reporting.  Disease specific content will include information on Q Fever, Brucellosis, Tularemia, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Instructors: Stacey Anderson, MPH, Erika Baldry, MPH, Jen Fladager, RN, Rachel Hinnenkamp, MPH, Helen McCaffrey, MPH and speakers from the Department of Livestock, MT Public Health Laboratory  

Mental Health & Substance Abuse 101 for Public Health Professionals - Mental illness and substance abuse increasingly contribute to the burden of chronic disease worldwide. With the many challenges that come with mental illness and substance abuse, it is important for public health agencies to include mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention into chronic disease programming. This course is designed to provide an understanding of Public Health’s role in mental health and substance abuse prevention within communities, and provide tools to implement preventative and promotional strategies in public health programming.

Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator Training3 - The course will provide students with an introduction to emergency management principles, key components and regulations of emergency preparedness, and response programs. Upon completion of the Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) Basic course, the hospital emergency coordinator (HEC) will be able to demonstrate the ability to make critical decisions needed to reduce the potential threats to life and property using an "all hazards" approach to disaster management.  This will be accomplished by making certain that the HEC: (1) understands the components of the overall healthcare system; (2) knows the threats to the hospital and the community; (3) understands the emergency planning process; (4) understands emergency management principles; and (5) can demonstrate effective leadership during an incident. This course focuses on tasks and skills that have been identified as essential to the role of the HEC.

Wednesday Leadership Day (free):  Public Health as Community Health Strategist: Leadership Skills for 2020 and Beyond - This training will kick off a year-long leadership development program that is geared toward Lead Local Public Health Officials, deputy-level Local Public Health Officials and Health Officers.  While our core mission in public health remains the same – reduce the leading causes of preventable death, disease and disability, we live in a world with new circumstances and forces of change in our environment.  Unless we recognize and proactively respond to these, public health runs the risk of becoming obsolete. Using competencies geared toward preparing professionals to serve in the role of Community Health Strategist, the Association of Montana Public Health Officials (AMPHO) in collaboration with the Public Health and Safety Division, will present this year-long program that will include coaching and development, monthly phone/webinar interactions with other professionals in the program, and independent work on an initiative in your community that uses the transformative practices on which we will be training.


2This activity is approved for Sanitarian credits.

3This activity has been awarded contact hours by another approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation or credentialing authority for Sanitarians.

Funding for this conference was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.