Upcoming Webinars


Respect: Health Literacy and Cross Cultural Communication


Wednesday, July 21st

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Bright Synergy -- Karen Brown, MA & Ednita M. Wright, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC

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:

In this webinar, the importance of the provider’s cross-cultural communication skills paired with health literacy will be discussed. The cultural norms, by which we live, impacts how we perceive health information which influences how we act and react to that information. Practical strategies and tools for cross-cultural communication and how it impacts health equity.

Learning Objectives:

Understand how to communicate more effectively with patients/clients.
Describe challenges in cross-cultural communication.
Be more sensitive to patient/client cultural beliefs.
Describe the link between cross cultural communication and health literacy.

Presenter Bio:

Karen Brown holds a master’s degree in social sciences and serves as the current Program Manager, at Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, located in Ithaca, NY. Karen is a 2018 Health Literacy Leadership Institute Fellow from Tufts University’s school of Public Health. Karen currently works as a health literacy and cultural competence consultant for various organizations across upstate New York. Karen is especially passionate about advocating for the provision of health care literacy competencies among health care professionals. 

Ednita M. Wright (Dr. Nina), Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC recently retired from Onondaga Community College where she was a Professor in the Human Services/Teacher Education Department, Chair of the Department and Program Coordinator of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling Program. She leaves academe after teaching for thirty-five (35) years in various public and private academic institutions. Prior to her academic career she worked as a social worker in community agencies that served individuals with HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, domestic violence, housing, and mental health issues. Dr. Wright has consulted for over twenty-five years with community agencies and academic institutions regarding issues of bias with the primary objective of moving away from tolerance to authentic inclusion, for all.



Improve College Students' Mental Health with Healthy Monday's DeStress for Success Program


Wednesday, August 4th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:


Mary Kate Schutt -- Program Coordinator, Syracuse University Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

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:

Healthy Monday™ is a national public health initiative to stop the spread of chronic, preventable disease. Under Healthy Monday™, DeStress for Success is a 5-week workshop series based on positive psychology. DeStress for Success arms students with the knowledge and skills to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing. Topics include: cultivating resilience, increasing daily mindfulness & engagement, mindful communication, knowing & using your strengths, and healthy habit & goal setting. 

Learning Objectives:

Describe the national public health initiative, Healthy Monday
Describe the DeStress for Success program.
Identify campus partners to help promote and/or offer the program.
Outline steps to implement DeStress for Success at participants’ university. 

Presenter Bio:

Mary Kate Schutt earned her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from the State University of New York at Oswego. The focal point of Mary Kate’s work at SUNY Oswego was developing and delivering health-related outreach initiatives to students. This work has translated to her role as the Center’s Program Coordinator, where she oversees the national public health initiative, Healthy Monday. She created DeStress for Success, a five week series for students to support their mental and emotional wellbeing. She also serves as a research assistant in the Syracuse University Mind Body Lab. Mary Kate’s passion lies in empowering others to improve their wellbeing through the teaching and application of positive psychology.



Mindset Mentors: How peer educators can help reveal resilience and help college students stress smarter


Wednesday, August 18th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:


Jennifer Wegmann -- Lecturer, PhD, Health and Wellness Studies, Binghamton University 

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 walk participants through the rationale behind the development of The Mindset Mentors, a peer education internship.  The presenter will share the strategies and outreach efforts the Mindset Mentors have implemented on their campus. Also, the presenter will discuss how the Mindset Mentors collaborated with Isolation and Quarantine housing, developing partnerships between academic and student affairs, and marketing strategies. Finally, the feedback and evaluation process used will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss the development and implementation of a peer education program aimed at helping students navigate stress.
Examine and discuss the concept of stress mindset.
Implement strategies designed to help students reveal resilience and mitigate adverse outcomes from stress.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Wegmann has taught in the Decker School of Nursing, Department of Health and Wellness Studies at Binghamton University for over 25 years. She teaches various classes, including Stress Management, Nutrition, Contemporary Health Issues, and Women's Wellness. The Princeton Review recognized Dr. Wegmann's classroom accomplishments by naming her one of the Top 300 College professors. Additionally, she was recently nominated for the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Wegmann's current research focuses on the influence stress mindset has on relationships between personality, stress appraisal, and college student well-being.  Her latest published research study examined the role health education plays in changing college student's stress mindsets. Dr. Wegmann is passionate about increasing awareness as it relates to healthy living. Her audiobook Resilience: How to Master Stress, Reduce Anxiety, and Live Well, works to help listeners develop a new, informed mindset about stress.


The Roots of Patient Empowerment: Endometriosis Advocacy


Wednesday, September 1st

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:


Heather Guidone -- BCPA, Program Director, Center for Endometriosis Care

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required - 

Overview:

At its core, an advocate is someone who both promotes and protects the interests of patients. That may look differently to different patients in different disease communities, but the basics are the same – guiding someone through the healthcare system. This presentation will aim to provide evidence-based education about endometriosis, a chronic disease affecting 176 million womxn and girls, and offer strategies to not only advocate for patients, but help them advocate for themselves to ensure they can make empowered and informed decisions about their care.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss necessity of patient perspective in endometriosis treatment and research
Review deficits in endometriosis research, care and support which can negatively impact patient HRQoL
Articulate advocacy and education strategies to increase engagement and improve the endometriosis patient healthcare experience

Presenter Bio:

Heather Guidone, BCPA is the Program Director of the Center for Endometriosis Care, where she is responsible for the CEC’s comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment program, clinical research facilitation, disease education and legislative/public policy endeavors. She also coordinates the CEC's MIG/Endometriosis Surgical Fellowship Program. Heather has focused on 'bench to beltway to bedside' efforts in endometriosis education, research, policy reform, patient-centered care and more for nearly thirty years, but importantly, has also struggled with the disease, bringing a unique perspective to her professional efforts. Heather volunteers her time to several collaborative endeavors, serving as a Board Member, Advisor, Speaker, Scientific Abstract Reviewer and member of many Councils, Committees, Special Interest Groups and organizations, and has contributed to countless books and publications on the disease. As a Board Certified Patient Advocate and disease educator, her focus remains on reducing diagnostic delays and striving to improve access to early and effective care for all.


Social Emotional Screening in Early Childhood: An effective primary intervention model


Wednesday, September 15th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Melissa Passarelli -- Director of Programs, MA

Dr. Liz Isakson -- Executive Director, Docs for Tots

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required - 

Overview:

At its core, an advocate is someone who both promotes and protects the interests of patients. That may look differently to different patients in different disease communities, but the basics are the same – guiding someone through the healthcare system. This presentation will aim to provide evidence-based education about endometriosis, a chronic disease affecting 176 million womxn and girls, and offer strategies to not only advocate for patients, but help them advocate for themselves to ensure they can make empowered and informed decisions about their care.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the basics of social emotional (SE) development, SE screening, and its impact on the rest of the lifespan

Learn about the ASQ-SE and proven implementation strategies

Explore considerations and implications of SE promotion and screening for public health in New York

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Isakson is the Executive Director of Docs for Tots. She is a pediatrician and public health practitioner with decades of experience with Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT). Dr. Isakson trained in General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New York where she served as Chief Resident and received her MD from University of Connecticut Medical School. She teaches advocacy to graduate level students at Mt. Sinai School of Public Health, and is a sought after speaker on issues of community and state systems to support healthy development in early childhood. As executive director of Docs for Tots since 2013, Dr. Isakson has been an active voice in the dissemination of critical knowledge in the field of early childhood at both the community and national academic levels.

Melissa Passarelli, MA serves as Director of Programs at Docs for Tots, where she oversees the development and implementation of their projects, including Help Me Grow - Long Island and their initiatives for developmental, maternal depression, and ACEs screening. Melissa has an M.A. in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver and trained as a trauma therapist and disaster responder with refugees, homeless women and children, and survivors of sexual assault both domestically and internationally, and helped establish and coordinate the Trauma and Disaster Recovery Clinic in Denver, Colorado.


Meningitis B Vaccination: Why it Matters


Wednesday, August 29th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Patti Wukovits -- Executive Director, The Kimberly Coffey Foundation

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required - 

Overview:

There are two types of Meningitis vaccines recommended by the CDC - MenACWY and MenB - however, uptake of the MenB vaccine is significantly lower than MenACWY. One reason for that is that many physicians are not discussing it with their patients. This presentation will educate public health professionals on current gaps in Meningitis vaccination practices, and best practices for closing those gaps - as told by Patti Wukovits, a nurse and advocate who lost her daughter to Meningitis B in 2012.

Learning Objectives:

Understand current ACIP recommendations for meningococcal vaccinations (MenACWY and MenB)

Understand current barriers to Meningitis B vaccination in the United States

Understand available educational resources to use with parents, young adults and provides to increase Meningitis B vaccine uptake in the United States


Presenter Bio:

Patti Wukovits is a Registered Nurse and meningitis advocate who lost her 17-year-old daughter Kimberly to Meningitis B in 2012. After her daughter’s passing, she started the Kimberly Coffey Foundation to improve awareness of meningococcal disease and the vaccines available to help prevent it. Her Foundation has recently partnered with the Emily Stillman Foundation to launch the Meningitis B Action Project, a nationwide disease awareness and advocacy initiative. Patti lives in Massapequa Park, NY, with her husband John. In addition to Kimberly, she has three children, son Chris, stepson John, and stepdaughter Jaclyn. Patti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University.


COVID-19 and Healthcare Delivery In Long-Term Care Facilities


Wednesday, October 6th

12:00 - 1:00 PM, EST

Presented by:

Dr. Betty Perez-Rivera -- MS, EdD, MCHES, President and CEO, Institute of Education for the Care of Chronic Diseases

Dr. Tiffany C. Rivera -- MA, DHA, MCHES, Vice President of Health Education and Recruitment at the Institute of Education for the Care of Chronic Diseases (IECCD)

Fee:

NYSPHA Members: FREE

Non-Members: $10

1 CHES and 1 CPH credit included

Space is Limited, Registration is Required - 

Overview:

Seniors living in long-term care facilities have been deeply disadvantaged due to their congregate living and are considered to be the most highly vulnerable population for COVID-19. Due to the unknown etiology and the lack of research available, many seniors fell victim to this virus, becoming infected and dying at unprecedented rates. Isolation from family members while congregating with other seniors did nothing to reduce risks and a lot towards increasing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, fear, and confusion among this group. Services were often inadequate, late to be delivered, or non-existent in the plight against COVID-19. We discuss one case study where gaps in knowledge caused massive health issues and could have been fatal but consistent family involvement helped to overcome the virus.

Learning Objectives:

Identify gaps in COVID-19 care for elderly patients living in long-term care facilities.

Explore physical and mental health impact of isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Discuss implications of changing COVID-19 priorities and coordination of care among multi-disciplinary professionals.


Presenter Bio:

Dr. Betty Perez-Rivera, MS, EdD, MCHES is President/CEO of the Institute of Education for the Care of Chronic Diseases (IECCD). She collaborates with legislators/officials at all government levels and provides training/services to diverse, medically-underserved communities. She’s an Adjunct Professor at Touro University Worldwide. Dr. Betty has 20-years-experience in health education/management. Prior to IECCD, Dr. Perez-Rivera was Director of Patient and Family Education at NYU Langone and Director of the East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence, a Mayor Bloomberg and Manhattan-Borough-President Stringer initiative. Dr. Perez-Rivera holds Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Health and Behavior Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was First Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Health Disparities at Teachers College and received the Early Career Distinguished Alumni Award and Health Disparities Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Health Education and Research. She earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration and B.S. Degree in Sociology/Psychology at Hunter College.

Dr. Tiffany C. Rivera, MA, DHA, MCHES is Vice President of Health Education and Recruitment at the Institute of Education for the Care of Chronic Diseases (IECCD). She has worked with NYC Department of Health and conducted NIH-funded research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Rivera has been involved in anti-tobacco initiatives as an expert in Health Administration and Health Policy. As Borough Coordinator at Manhattan Smoke-Free Partnership, funded by NY State Department of Health, she worked collaboratively with organizations and provided education on health impacts of tobacco to legislators, her work culminating in inclusion of e-cigarettes into the NYC Clean Indoor Air Act and increasing the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. Dr. Rivera is a Masters Certified Health Education Specialist, has Doctoral Degree in Health Administration from University of Phoenix, and Master’s Degree in Health and Behavior Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University


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 - 

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.




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