Intersecting Faith & Health: Transforming Congregations and Communities

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT/7:00–8:00 p.m. CDT


The American Public Health Association invites you to a webinar hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People exploring the intersections of faith and health. The webinar will feature opportunities for faith leaders and the faith community to address active living and healthy eating among their congregations and communities. Both the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Million Hearts Initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will share how they’ve partnered with faith leaders and their communities around active living and healthy eating. We will also hear from exemplary faith leaders on how they engaged and motivated their communities to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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All of the archived webinars are free of charge to view

Leading Through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity

Health reform is here. Adapt. Plan. Lead. This webinar featured the free online health reform planning tool, "Leading Through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity." The role of public health is changing, and more than 1,000 practitioners from all 50 states are using the tool to think adaptively, jumpstart important conversations and plan strategically with their teams. This two-part series began with the basics of the Affordable Care Act, opportunities for public health through adaptive leadership, and lessons on how to use the online tool.

Slides and recording from the May 29, 2014 webinar.
Transcription of the webinar (pdf).

Environmental Health and Community Health Benefits: Moving Upstream to Prevent Harm

As part of the Affordable Care Act, tax-exempt hospitals are required to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments. These assessments provide new opportunities for the public health community and clinical care community to collaborate for improved environmental health outcomes. Julie Trocchio, Senior Director for Community Benefit and Continuing Care at the Catholic Health Association, dispels myths, highlights opportunities and shares some initial lessons learned in the first round of CHNAs completed by Catholic Health Association hospitals. Environmental and public health professionals learned more about the CHNA process and were able to engage in a dialogue with the largest nonprofit health provider in the United States.

Slides and recording from the May 27, 2014 webinar.
Transcription of the webinar (pdf).
Julie Trocchio's presentation (pdf).

Food Justice, Obesity and the Social Determinants of Health

Healthy communities depend on food environments that allow for access to healthy food. Where you live should not dictate how well you eat, or how that food is grown, but it often does. During this webinar, APHA President Elect, Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, discussed food environments as drivers of obesity and related diseases, as well as critical elements in achieving health equity. Respondent Dr. Cecelia Martinez of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) discussed community indicators for food justice.

Slides and recording from the April 10, 2014 webinar.

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar on Oral Health
Learn about the effect oral health has on the nation and ways to effectively address access to oral health among underserved populations in your community. The 45-minute webinar was led by the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Dr. Don Wright, who was joined by Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, and Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH, Dental Officer, both from the Division of Oral Health, within the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. During the webinar, the Iowa Department of Public Health describes how it is working to improve the health of underserved populations by providing access to quality oral health care. The webinar includes a roundtable discussion on the importance of oral health and strategies and resources to effectively address oral health.

Slides and recording from the January 23, 2014 webinar (coming soon).

Making Connections for a Healthier Iowa: Your Place at the Table
Healthy kids are better prepared to learn, a healthy workforce is more productive, and healthy communities thrive. Yet we know that much of what contributes to the health of our communities is affected by sectors other than public health and health care. This webinar presented concepts to spur thinking and make connections for collaboration across sectors to achieve mutual goals.

Slides and recording from the November 26, 2013 webinar.

M.E.S.S. in the Congregations!: A Smoke-Screen for Faith-Based Organizations
In this webinar, South Carolina Public Health Association highlighted a faith-based initiative embracing tobacco-free living. This webinar showed how to use the Mothers Eliminating Secondhand Smoke Project, known as MESS, to engage faith communities to address secondhand smoke and tobacco use.

Slides and recording from November 26, 2013 webinar.

Healthy Lifestyle Referral and Resource Interventions in Primary Care
Providers in the fast-paced world of primary care are overwhelmed by the epidemic of preventable chronic disease. Linking community-based resources with primary care clinics is one solution that helps people with or at risk of chronic disease access resources and support to prevent, delay or manage these conditions. This webinar highlighted work that Minnesota CTG and the Minnesota Public Health Department are doing to strengthen community-clinic connections that increase referrals to community-based prevention resources.

Slides and recording from the November 25, 2013 webinar.

Smoke-free Environments Training for Childcare Providers
This webinar provided a comprehensive training and information on a toolkit on creating smoke-free environments and policy for childcare providers. This webinar was provided in coordination with the Maine Office of Licensing and Regulatory-Child Care Unit, by the following partners: Breathe Easy Coalition, Maine Public Health Assocation and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Slides and recording from the November 25, 2013 webinar.

It Starts With Community: Vermont Perspectives on Healthy Community Design
This webinar highlighted Vermont's approach to improving the health of communities at the local level. Healthy Community Design provides a sustainable approach to fighting obesity and tobacco use by building healthy, engaged communities. Success stories from across Vermont are featured, showcasing strategies that can be used by community leaders/organizers and anyone involved in improving the health of communities.

Slides and recording from the November 22, 2013 webinar.
What is Healthy Community Design?
Healthy Community Design Case Studies

Oklahoma Health and Wellness: Then & Now
This webinar showcased the four Oklahoma Community Transformation Grantees: Cherokee Nation Healthy Nation, Little Dixie Community Action Agency Inc., Indian National Council of Government Area Agency on Aging and Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Each grantee provided an overview of the various activities and strategies being utilized to reduce and prevent chronic disease in their respective communities. Viewers will leave the webinar with new methods and tools with which to replicate these activities and strategies in their communities across the country.

Slides and recording from the November 21, 2013 webinar.

A Tale of Three Projects: How Three State Agencies are Promoting Active Living in Massachusetts
As "health in all policies" slowly takes hold through initiatives like the National Prevention Strategy, the Affordable Care Act, Community Transformation Grants and health impact assessments, more and more state agencies outside the traditional health world are getting in on the act. Massachusetts is no exception! This webinar featured the stories of three Massachusetts agencies that are shifting the paradigm by incorporating health goals into their strategic planning and business practices and policies.

Slides and recording from the November 18, 2013 webinar.

Establishing Tobacco-Free Worksites:
The Austin, Texas, Success Story

Improving people’s ability to work in a tobacco-free environment has been an ongoing effort by state and local health officials in Austin, Texas, since the 1990s. More recently, this effort has been enhanced through funding made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work and Community Transformation Grant. Philip Huang, MD, MPH, medical director for Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services, has helped promote and implement tobacco-free worksite policies with local employers through the Austin Mayor's Health and Fitness Council. He has also worked to help promote the national CEO Gold Standard on Cancer, which requires a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy. Dr. Huang outlined the key strategies and best practices to achieve this success in Austin, Texas. 

Slides from the November 14, 2013 webinar.


Policy Evaluation Tools for Injury and Violence Prevention
Policy strategies are paramount in addressing injury and violence prevention at a population-based level. Although policy has been used effectively in some areas of injury and violence prevention, there are some areas where the evidence base for policy strategies can be improved. Subsequently, policy evaluation can serve an important purpose along the entire chain of the policy process. In this webinar, presenters discussed policy evaluation tools that can be used to assist with integrating policy into public health prevention efforts. Participants were also exposed to state-level approaches to policy evaluation as showcased by experiences from Nebraska and Ohio.

Slides and recording from the November 12, 2013 webinar.
Sara Patterson's presentation. (pdf)
Donovan Newton's presentation. (pdf)
Mighty Fine's presentation (pdf).
Peg Ogea-Ginsburg's presentation. (pdf)
Cameron McNamee's presentation (pdf).

Making a Plan: Partnerships for Transforming Community Health through City Planning

Successful partnerships are at the core of both public health and planning practice. With the right partners at the table, more change can happen faster and with greater satisfaction for communities. But how do we get planners to work with public health professionals? One answer: it takes leadership at the highest level. In this webinar, Planning Directors and Health Commissioners from Austin, TX and Baltimore, MD pair up to discuss how they are building bridges between their departments and working to transform their approach to complex problems like chronic disease. The audience learns about how the Community Transformation Grant program has supported and encouraged these efforts in Austin, while in Baltimore, the city's mayor has pushed inter-departmental partnerships. This webinar was offered jointly by the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association.

Slides and recording from the September 27, 2013 webinar.
Philip Huang's presentation (pdf).
Carol Haywood's presentation (pdf).
Oxiris Barbot and Tom Stosur's presentation (pdf).

Pregnancy and
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: An Update
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in pregnancy can lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as miscarriage, premature rupture of membranes, preterm delivery, chorioamnionitis, stillbirth or low birth weight. They can also result in severe disease in infants, including congenital syphilis, pediatric HIV infection, neonatal herpes, conjunctivitis or pneumonia. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discuss the epidemiology of the most prevalent STDs in young women, the adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes associated with these STDs and their prevention. Findings from a recent assessment of prenatal STD testing coverage in the United States is also described.

Slides and recording from the September 18, 2013 webinar.
Slides only (pdf).

ACA delivery reforms and public health: What’s the connection?
A number of Affordable Care Act provisions and programs are aimed improving the quality of care, reducing costs, and improving population health. These efforts include the testing and expansion of new models of delivering and paying for care such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and patient centered medical homes. While these efforts are primarily focused on transforming the clinical health care system, they also offer opportunities and have implications for the public health system. What do public health practitioners, particularly in local and state health departments, need to know about these delivery reform efforts?

In this webinar, national experts provide an introduction to key delivery reform concepts and an overview of their connection to public health. Health department leaders then provide examples of how these efforts are moving forward in their states and counties, and how their public health systems are involved and affected.

Slides and recording from the September 17, 2013 webinar.
Slides only (pdf). Transcript forthcoming.

How AIDS (almost) stopped teen pregnancy in the US: So where do we go from here?
Teen fertility in the U.S. has progressively declined over the last couple of decades. To understand this trend, it is helpful to examine historical U.S. and global changes in fertility, social and economic conditions and public policies that may influence teen fertility. Although social forces such as poverty and educational opportunities are critical in shaping adolescent reproductive choices, public policies related to HIV prevention, sexuality education and condom and contraceptive access have played critical roles in influencing teen pregnancy risk. This webinar describes how the AIDS epidemic influenced teen fertility in the U.S. It also describes how school-based health centers have played a strategic role in teen access to health, promoting services and information, including those associated with sexual health, and have had a favorable impact on high school graduation.
Slides and recording from the September 12, 2013 webinar.

Slides only. (pdf)

Tracking Webinar Series- Part III: How Environmental Public Health Tracking Assists in Providing Safe Community Water
This is the last in a three-part series of Environmental Public Health Tracking Program webinars. In May 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tracking Branch released new data with 36 new measures and 6 new contaminant profiles for community water. These water data came from the 23 states that are part of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network. This webinar demonstrates how water data from the Tracking Network can help state and local agencies monitor and provide safe community water and explains how the most common contaminants affect different areas of the country. This webinar series was co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Slides and recording from the August 8, 2013 webinar.
Slides only (pdf).

Healthy Communities: Neighborhood Planning through a Health Equity Lens
The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn, and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. This approach is particularly critical in communities with the greatest health and economic disparities. This webinar featured stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, and demonstrated the positive impact attention to health equity has in neighborhood planning.

Slides and recording from the July 18, 2013 webinar.

Beth Althshuler's Presentation (pdf).

David Goldberg's Presentation (pdf).
Eric Fladager's Presentation (pdf).
Lou Brewer's Presentation (pdf).

Tracking Webinar Series- Part II: Incorporating Environmental Public Health Tracking into Health Impact Assessments
This is the second in a three-part series of Environmental Public Health Tracking Program webinars. It featured the Minnesota Department of Health’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Climate & Health Programs describing their successful use of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease data in Health Impact Assessments. Speakers discussed opportunities for intersection between HIA and Tracking data and also provided participants with a national perspective on the uses of Health Impact Assessments and the Tracking Network. This webinar series was co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials

Slides and recording from the June 27, 2013 webinar. Slides only (PDF). Transcript forthcoming.

Affordable Care Act implementation one year post-decision: Medicaid expansion, preventive services, and public health implications
In June 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, but made the law’s Medicaid expansion effectively optional for states. One year later – just months ahead of the ACA’s planned coverage expansions – experts from the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) offer an update on states’ decisions regarding Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges and discuss the implications for public health. NHeLP experts also discuss the current challenges to other parts of the ACA, including the requirement that most health plans cover contraceptive services and supplies, and briefly discuss implementation of other ACA provisions regarding public health. This webinar is intended to answer questions the public health community may have about these important but complex implementation issu

Slides and recording from the June 26, 2013 webinarSlides only (PDF).
 Transcript forthcoming.

Beating the Heat: Preparing for Extreme Heat Events at the State and Local Level
In this first of a two part webinar series, the CDC discussed ways state and local health departments can be prepared for the coming extreme heat season and highlighted available extreme heat products that can be used for various audiences. Particular emphasis was given to the recently released extreme heat guidebook. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene discussed syndromic surveillance efforts in New York City. The Minnesota Department of Health discussed Minnesota’s extreme heat toolkit, heat-related data they have collected and their work with local public health groups to prepare for extreme health events.

Audio from the May 23, 2013 webinar.

Tracking Webinar Series – Part I: Successfully Integrating Environmental Public Health Tracking and Environmental Health Assessments.
In this first of a three-part webinar series, the Florida Department of Health described its use of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network as an integral component of conducting community-based environmental health assessments. Participants learned how Environmental Public Health Tracking can enrich the environmental health assessment process by providing indicator data to support community-identified issues. Florida shared its experiences, valuable lessons learned and planning tips for other states and jurisdictions to assist them with their own current and future environmental health assessments. This Environmental Public Health Tracking webinar series is co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Slides and recording from the May 14, 2013 webinar
Transcript (Word).

Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health

The built environment — our neighborhoods and communities where we live, learn, work and play — has an impact on physical activity levels, access to healthy food, transportation behaviors and, ultimately, health outcomes. This webinar featured two counties that have taken different approaches to changing the built environment around them in order to improve the health of their communities. Public health and development officials from Kane County, Ill., described their model for collaborative public policy planning and implementation and discussed the implementation of their 2040 Master Plan, which fully integrates public health into land use and transportation decisions. Representatives from Manatee County Health Department in Bradenton, Fla., discussed the development of a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking.

Slides and recording from May 9, 2013 webinar.
Recording only (MP3). Slides only (PDF).
Transcript (Word).

Evaluating Legislation Impact: The Maryland Public Health Dental Hygiene Act

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2008, the underserved in Maryland, especially children, gained increased access to oral health services through the Public Health Dental Hygiene Act of 2008. The act allows a dental hygienist working in a public health setting, including schools, to practice dental hygiene and apply sealants or fluoride agents, mouth rinse or varnish without a prior examination by a dentist or physician. This webinar featured Harry Goodman, DMD, MPH, director of the Office Oral Health, who gave an overview of the law; Deborah Levy, MS, founder of SuccessLinks, LLC and evaluation consultant who discussed the evaluation and Sue Camardese, RDH, MS, the public health dental hygienist at Chase Brexton Health Services in Columbia, Md., who spoke about how the law has affected their dental program.

Slides and recording from April 9, 2013 webinar.
Recording only (MP3). Slides only (PDF). Transcript  (Word).
Notes from the Q&A period (PDF).

Affordable, Healthy Food = Good Public Health:
Promising Practices and Systems Change Strategies to Improve Access to Healthy Food
A food system that supports access to affordable, healthy and sustainably produced foods is essential in promoting overall health in all communities. This is especially important in low-income communities that are surrounded by food deserts (lack of access to healthy food) or food swamps (over-abundance of cheap, unhealthy foods), or are negatively affected by food production methods in their communities.

Slides and recording from the September 28, 2012 webinar.

Collaboration Multiplier: Maximizing the Power of Partnership to Achieve Healthy Communities
This webinar, hosted by APHA and Prevention Institute, instructs community stakeholders and decision makers how to utilize Collaboration Multiplier, a framework and tool to delineate potential roles and identify opportunities for diverse partners to work towards the goal of achieving healthier communities. This presentation shares the lessons learned from various community efforts to address healthy eating, physical activity, and violence prevention utilizing multi-field collaboration.

Slides and recording from the April 5, 2012 (WMV). Slides only (PDF), and Notes from the Q&A period (PDF).

The Supreme Court's Decision on the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Prevention and Public Health
One week after the Supreme Court's June 2012 upholding of the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, APHA and several partner organizations co-sponsored a webinar on the ruling and its implications for prevention and public health. Public health law experts from the National Health Law Program, the Network for Public Health Law, and George Washington University joined the discussion. The webinar was sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the Public Health Institute, the Prevention Institute, Trust for America's Health, and PolicyLink. For more information and resources, visit our health reform and Supreme Court pages.

Slides and recording from the July 5, 2012 webinar. Slides only (PDF). Transcript (Word).

Public health and transportation professionals have the opportunity to view three archived webinar series that cover how transportation systems impact health in diverse communities across the nation and highlight innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health.

2012 APHA and Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center three-part webinar series on active transportation and health

Webinar 3: "How public health professionals are supporting trails and walking programs". (11/13/12)

Webinar 2: "Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Using walking and bicycling as ways to promote public health". (9/19/12)

Webinar 1: "Using Health Impact Assessments to connect bicycle and pedestrian safety and health". (7/24/12)

2012 APHA webinar series: Health and equity in transportation: promising methods and modes to improve health outcomes

Webinar 3: "What Health Impact Assessments Can Do for Health Inequities". (8/22/12)

Alyssa Auvinen's presentation (pdf).
Karen Nikolai's presentation (pdf).

Webinar 2: "What Role Injury Prevention Plays in Transportation". (7/11/12)

Phyllis Agran's presentation (pdf).
Robert Foss' presentation (pdf).

Webinar 1: "What Public Transit Means for Public Health". (6/13/12)

Susan Polan's presentation (pdf).
Brian Cole's presentation (pdf).
Tracy Buck's presentation (pdf).

2011 APHA webinar series: What healthy communities need from their transportation networks

Webinar 4: "Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries". (4/5/11)

Linda Degutis' presentation (pdf).
Sandra Viera's presentation (pdf).
Russell Henk's presentation (pdf).

Webinar 3: "Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation". (3/15/11)

Jonathan Heller's presentation (pdf).
Megan Wier's presentation (pdf).
Heidi Guenin's presentation (pdf).

Webinar 2: "The Health Benefits from Active Transportation". (2/15/11)

Jeffrey Miller's presentation (pdf).
Amanda Woodall's presentation (pdf).
David Godfrey's presentation (pdf).

Webinar 1: "Community Health and Transportation Planning". (1/18/11)

Andrew Dannenberg's presentation (pdf).
Leslie Meehan's presentation (pdf).
Jean Armbruster's presentation (pdf).

Health and Transportation Toolkit Webinar

Slides and recording from the May 31, 2011 webinar.
Susan Polan's presentation (pdf).
Jamie Rayman's presentation (pdf).
Joel Finkelstein's presentation (pdf).~

Climate change
Climate change is one of the most serious health threats facing our nation. Public health professionals have a key role to play in responding to and preparing for these health threats. APHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a six-part webinar series that has been translated into a practical guidebook. These sessions brought together experts in the field of climate change to discuss topics such as climate science, health risk communication, adaptation strategies and more.

Download the Climate Change Guidebook.

"Mastering the Public Health Role" webinars on accomplishments, challenges and promising opportunities around climate change and public health policy and practice.

Session 1: "A Look at Climate Change Policy and Practice in the Public Health Sector" (2/24/12)

Georges Benjamin's presentation (pdf).
Christopher Portier's presentation (pdf).

Session 2: "A Look at the Health Costs of Climate Change and Co-Benefits of Climate Action" (5/16/12)

Kim Knowlton's presentation (pdf).
Richard Jackson's presentation (pdf).

2012 APHA webinar series on the drought implications of climate change: "When Every Drop Counts"

In 2012, the U.S. dealt with the most extensive and prolonged drought conditions in more than 50 years. The occurrence of drought-related health impacts is challenging many communities for the first time. This four-part webinar series provides information about the preconditions leading up to the current drought situation, discusses the significant overarching public health issues related to drought, and highlights how states, locals and American Indian and Alaska Native communities are responding.

The Public Health Implications of Drought
Slides from Webinar 1
State and Locals Respond to Drought
Slides from Webinar 2
When Every Drop Counts: Adapting to Drought – What Next?
Slides from Webinar 3
When Every Drop Counts: Initiatives in Indian Country
Slides from Webinar 4