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Cutting-Edge Courses at the 2010 Oregon Public Health Workforce Development Conference

Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, will be teaching a session on public health accreditation at the 2010 Oregon Public Health Workforce Development Conference.

Ray M. (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, will teach a session on public health accreditation at this year’s Oregon Public Health Workforce Development Conference. Nicola is a NWCPHP faculty member.

July 22, 2010

Accreditation and quality improvement

During a his session at Oregon's Public Health Workforce Development Conference, NWCPHP faculty member Ray M. (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM will explain the public health accreditation system. He will also offer guidance on how health departments can begin to prepare for accreditation. According to Dr. Nicola, there are many tools available to help public health departments plan for accreditation.

Dr. Nicola is also teaching a course with Lynda Muriera on approaching quality improvement in public health. Ms. Muriera is Training and Exercise Manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division Emergency Preparedness Program.

When asked about the connection between the two sessions he is involved with, Dr. Nicola said, “The accreditation system is built on quality improvement values and principles. So understanding what quality improvement is all about and how to initiate it is the first step toward accreditation.” Dr. Nicola's perspective is informed by his strong connections to the practice community as well as his experience on the the Public Health Accreditation Board of Directors.

For more information about the tools available to public health departments preparing for accreditation, please visit:

New and evolving communication technologies

Tara Melinkovich, MPH and Missie Thurston, both staff members at NWCPHP, will be teaching a course on new and evolving communication technologies at this this year’s Oregon Public Health Workforce Development Conference.

During this session, Ms. Melinkovich and Ms. Thurston will explore Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and text messaging as communication tools for public health agencies and programs. The course will combine general information about the purpose and set-up of each platform, as well as important considerations when determining policy or campaign strategy that includes any or all of these technologies.

Examples for this course will be taken from a variety of sources. Participants will examine proposals, policies, and live examples of agencies using new and evolving communication technologies. This course will look at the strengths and weaknesses of these tools, how organizations will need to plan for the policy implications, and how to reach their intended audiences.

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