Upcoming Webinars

Rubber, Meet Road: Health Equity vs Policy 


Wednesday, October 20th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Deidre Sully --  MPH, Director, NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required -  Click Here to Register

Overview:

A Case study of the 2019 campaign addressing flavored tobacco products and vaping, led by the Flavors Hooks Kids Coalition will be presented. The information will be utilized to highlight the intersection of how health equity is addressed in promoting public health policy to the community. The case study results will be used to highlight the positives and deltas based on the outcomes of the campaign. Finally,  the impact of high profile opposition and lessons learned will be revealed.

Learning Objectives:

Gain knowledge on the true danger of menthol flavored tobacco.

Identify how the tobacco industry has used menthol flavored tobacco to target vulnerable populations, specifically African Americans and Youth.

Identify how public health policies aim to tackle health disparities.

Understand the overall chronicle of events during the 2019 Flavors Hooks Kids campaign.

Presenter Bio:

An experienced, award winning professional with over 15 years in the public health field, Deidre Sully has proven success in partnership building, community outreach, and influencing public policy. Deidre offers expertise in research, program management, advocacy, and communications.

Currently, Deidre is the Director of NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions, leading the program's mission to expand smoke-free protections for New York City. As Director, Deidre develops messaging, provides overall strategic direction for the program, and provides insight to executive staff regarding tobacco related advocacy actions. Adding to her public health portfolio, Ms. Sully also manages Red Wrap, a community service initiative providing feminine hygiene products to displaced women and girls.

Ensuring that people are able to make informed decisions about their health is of highest importance to Deidre. She is actively drives this point home as she adds a new skill to her ever growing list – podcaster. In March 2021, she launched “True Health Live”, where discourse aims to acknowledge basic truths (whether in line with popular opinion or not) about hot topics in public health. In all, she continues to cultivate her brand as a public health professional.

Impact of the Rochester LARC Initiative on Adolescents' Utilization of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception


Wednesday, November 3rd

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Rachael Phelps, MD

C. Andrew Aligne, MD, MPH

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required -  Click Here to Register


Overview:

This presentation will introduce the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative, a successful community-level program for increasing adolescent use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) in Rochester, NY. It will compare data on teen pregnancy and adolescent LARC use in New York State overall and in Rochester using data from the New York State Perinatal Data Profile and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It will provide an overview of the Contraceptive CHOICE Project, how that program informed the development of the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative, and the innovative components of the LARC Initiative's unique implementation of a "community detailing" model. It will review the results of our recently published article, "Impact of the Rochester LARC Initiative on Adolescents' Utilization of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception," and will review the LARC Initiative's future goals of dissemination and implementation across New York State.

Learning Objectives:

 1. Discuss relative effectiveness of different methods of adolescent contraception.

2. Appreciate the importance of providing comprehensive contraceptive counseling using a reproductive justice framework.

3. Apply Diffusion of Innovations theory to the dissemination of underutilized evidence-based prevention practices.

4. Explore use of the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey to assess adolescent health outcomes across New York State.

Presenter Bios:

Rachael Phelps, MD
Dr. Rachael Phelps is a pediatrician and family planning expert in Rochester, NY. She is the former medical director of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, the former medical director of Medical Students for Choice, and serves on several local and national reproductive health committees and coalitions. She received her medical degree from The John Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is an award-winning recognized leader in the family planning field, and is a national lecturer, sharing her expertise in unplanned pregnancy prevention, evidence-based contraception, and reproductive health care. Dr. Phelps has been a speaker for the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative since its inception in 2014, educating physicians and the community about long-acting reversible contraception for teens.


C. Andrew Aligne, MD, MPH
Dr. Andy Aligne is a pediatrician and expert in teaching community health. He is the Director of the Hoekelman Center in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he mentors pediatrics residents in creating projects with community-based partners. He is also the Director of the Greater Rochester LARC Initiative and has led the design, preparation, implementation, and evaluation of the program. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin, and completed his fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His original research in epidemiology and public health has been published in journals such as JAMA, Pediatrics, and AJPH.


Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice


Thursday, November 11th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Katrina Smith Korfmacher, MS, PhD

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Rochester

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required -  Click Here to Register


Overview:

Communities, public health professionals, and researchers recognize that environmental factors contribute to the health inequities in the U.S. Inequities persist despite well-developed systems for both public health and environmental protection, in part because these management systems often operate in isolated siloes. This webinar presents three local environmental health initiatives (lead in housing in Rochester, NY; built environment in Duluth, MN; and air pollution from ports in southern California), highlighting the role of local public health in each.. Throughout the country, communities are working collaboratively at the local level to shape decisions about the built environment to protect vulnerable populations. This presentation sheds light on how local health departments can constructively contribute to bridging the silos of environment and health and collaboratively address longstanding environmental injustices in sustainable, effective, and equitable ways.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe three local initiatives that addressed environmental health issues

2. Explain the particular barriers facing local health departments’ engaging in collaborative initiatives and strategies for overcoming these challenges.

3. Discuss the Local Environmental Health Initiatives Framework and how it can guide development of successful local collaboratives.

Presenter Bio:

Katrina Smith Korfmacher is Professor of Environmental Medicine and Director of the Community Engagement Core of the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC). She holds a MS in Water Quality Management and PhD in Environmental Studies from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Dr. Korfmacher has worked with community partnerships in New York related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, subsistence fish consumption, healthy homes, and other topics for two decades. She is author of Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities (MIT Press, 2019).



Potential Benefits and Harms of Electric Cigarettes: Where Are We Now?


Wednesday, November 17th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

        

Susan Urban -- Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, New York University

Achala Talati--Director of the Tobacco Policy and Programs Unit at DOHMH

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required  - Click Here to Register

Overview:

Available in the US since early 2007, use of e-cigarettes increased dramatically from 2013-2019.  Although some combustible cigarette smokers use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, most users of e-cigarettes are youth and young adults.  

The overall effect of e-cigarettes on population health will depend on 3 factors  1) health effects of e-cigarettes  2) specific effects on youth and young adults and use by this population, many of whom have not yet smoked cigarettes   3) efficacy in increasing quit rates by cigarette smokers and use by smokers who want to quit.  

However, the overall impact of e-cigarette use on the health of our population is controversial, in large part because of limited knowledge in each of the three areas mentioned above.  In this webinar, we will discuss current knowledge around health effects, specific effect on youth and young adults, and efficacy for smoking cessation. We will also discuss the role of regulation in the e-cigarette landscape.

Learning Objectives:

Distinguish different types of e-cigarette devices and e-liquids and identify factors associated with their increasing use in recent years.

Review health effects of e-cigarettes generally, as well as specific effects in youth and young adults such as possible transition to to future cigarette smoking.

Examine the potential for use of e-cigarettes in helping smokers quit cigarettes and review relevant data from at least one recent randomized controlled trial.

Discuss the impact of limited regulation of e-cigarettes in the past and address ways that future regulation could help mitigate potential harm, including youth initiation, while allowing for any potential benefit in terms of smoking cessation.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Susan Urban is a board-certified internist, with more than 20 years of experience as a primary care clinician, who has a special interest in electronic cigarettes and smoking cessation. She has recorded webinars and updates on smoking cessation and e-cigarettes for the Society of General Internal Medicine, the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and New York City Health and Hospitals.

Dr. Urban is a member of the New York State Smokers’ Quitline Health Professionals Task Force and the Tobacco Task Force of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians. She serves on committees for several professional organizations, including a national planning committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine and an education committee for the New York American College of Physicians. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at New York University Grossman School of Medicine.

Achala Talati, DO, MS, MPH is the Director of the Tobacco Policy and Programs Unit in New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Prior to her current position at DOHMH, Dr. Talati completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Albany Medical Center and her Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency at DOHMH. Dr. Talati also holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Dr. Talati has led clinical initiatives at the Health Department that focus on increased education for the provider community and equitable access to care for all New Yorkers. As Director of the Tobacco Policy and Programs Unit, she managed implementation of the City’s ten tobacco bills passed in 2017 and oversaw the local response to the e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) outbreak in 2019.

New Tools for Navigation


Wednesday, December 1st

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:


Elizabeth Bray--Director of Health Affairs

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required - Click Here to Register


Overview:

New Tools for Navigation will allow participants to understand how oral health impacts overall health and the existing disparities within underserved communities.  A new workforce model; Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) will be introduced.  And a review of how tele-dentistry and technology is changing the landscape by assisting with oral health literacy, ED utilization rates and health home establishment.

Learning Objectives:

Acquire the most recent statistics on oral health and wellness in NYS.
Evaluate oral health equity.
Contemplate a progressive workforce model to address oral health disparities.
Utilize a tool to facilitate access to care, resources and improve health literacy.

Presenter Bio:

Elizabeth Bray, RDH, is Director of Health Affairs for the NYS Dental Association.  Having earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Health and Human Service from Empire State College, Betsy has a broad range of over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of dental hygiene, as well as extensive independent work as a practice development consultant, a continuing education presenter, and an oral health coordinator. Betsy has been published and featured in RDH magazine on issues pertaining to school-based health and access to care for children.    


City Health Dashboard: Empowering Cities to Create Thriving Communities


Wednesday, December 15th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Shoshanna Levine--Program Director, DrPH, New York University

Becky Ofrane--MPH, Lead of Engagement and Partnerships for New York University’s City Health Dashboard

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required - Click Here to Register

Overview:

Most US cities lack actionable data, specific to their jurisdictions, on population health status, health determinants and equity. To address this gap, a team at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in collaboration with NYU Wagner School of Public Service, the National Resource Network, the International City/County Management Association and the National League of Cities, developed the City Health Dashboard (CHDB) for all 750+ U.S. cities with populations 50,000 or above, including 12 in New York State. Learn about how health departments, city governments, policy makers, and other local stakeholders have used this free online data resource to more fully understand local health needs and pressing challenges, better target resources to areas with the largest health inequities, and develop more effective programs and policies.

Learning Objectives:

Explore data from the City Health Dashboard on health and its drivers for their local community.

Understand how factors such as education, poverty, and housing cost burden impact health issues in cities.

Utilize data from the City Health Dashboard to help guide local solutions that create healthier and more equitable communities.


Presenter Bio:

Shoshanna Levine is the Program Director for the City Health Dashboard initiative at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, bringing data on health and health drivers at the city- and neighborhood-level to 750+ U.S. cities. Her work focuses on the intersection of urban population health and social policy, especially the use of data to drive change. Previously, she worked with the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund, building the health, social, environmental, and economic case for community development in 9 historically under-resourced Boston-area neighborhoods. At the Community Health Care Association of New York State, she provided technical assistance for systems change projects around cancer screening, childhood obesity, mental health, and other health issues to community health centers in underserved areas across New York State.  Shoshanna received her DrPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her MPH in Health Promotion from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Becky Ofrane leads Engagement and Partnerships for NYU’s City Health Dashboard, connecting with partners and city leaders to get data into the hands of those who can make a difference in health and equity. Her career spans civic leadership, medical product development, non-profit management and academic public health research. With a background in engineering and environmental health, she brings efficiency and an awareness of injustice to program management. Rebecca has a BS in Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences and Molecular Toxicology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.


Additional webinars to be announced soon.

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