Public Health ECHO Clinics
The Public Health ECHO clinic is co-presented by the Nevada Public Health Training Center and Project ECHO-Nevada. This ECHO series targets those working in public health, clinical providers, and aspiring professionals. Presenters, drawn from a pool of local and regional experts, share experiences and best practices on a wide variety of public health issues.
Public Health ECHO Clinics are held on the second Friday of every month from 10am-11am. The webinars are free to attend, but registration is required. Registration links at Public Health ECHO.
Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment
In collaboration with the Western Region Public Health Training Center, the NVPHTC implements a Public Health Core Competency Self-Assessment and Training Preferences Survey (PHCCSTPS) to local health departments. This assessment is used as an online tool for assessing the skill sets and identifying the training needs of public health workers, and for supporting the workforce-development plans required for public health department accreditation. Questions on this assessment are tailored for four different tiers of workforce (support staff, entry-level health professionals, mid-level managers, and senior/executive managers). Nevada conducted the first assessment in 2015 and is implementing a follow up in early 2019.
NVPHTC staff conducts baseline interviews and monthly assessments with Nevadans participating in the Oregon Social Learning Center’s Juvenile Probation Officers-Contingency Management (JPO-CM) research study. The JPO-CM study proposes to increase access to an evidence-based practice (Contingency Management [CM]) for youth in the juvenile justice system. The study will examine the feasibility of integrating an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) evidence-based practice into the work of juvenile probation officers (JPOs). The researchers’ aim is to provide evidence that JPOs can effectively deliver an evidence-based intervention as a means to ultimately decrease AOD use and other public health-related behaviors (i.e., criminal behaviors, HIV/STI sexual risk behaviors) among these high-risk adolescents
NVPHTC provides technical consultation services to the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Services include building and administering online professional development training modules, managing participant tracking and evaluations, and related technical support.
Through a partnership with the Western Region Public Health Training Center, the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, NVPHTC has received a three-year federal grant to provide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners training and certification to expand services to sexual assault victims in rural areas of Nevada. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. Many rural communities lack access to certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. The funding for the SANE program is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration Advanced Nurse Education Sexual Nurse Assault Examiner program.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit (AMSS) Series is an annual education training workshop for the operational implementation of stewardship at the clinical setting. The NVPHTC works with stakeholders in the planning, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of two summits held in both Reno and Las Vegas targeting skilled nursing and long-term acute care facilities.
NVPHTC has extensive experience with professional development trainings and conference planning. NVPHTC has implemented in-person trainings throughout Nevada such as Public Health 101, HIV 101, Program Planning, Program Evaluation, Outreach and Engagement, and Cultural Humility. NVPHTC also has conducted wide variety of research projects that include survey development and analysis, focus group facilitation and analysis, strategic planning sessions, and accreditation consultation. In 2018, NVPHTC planned and hosted the IMPACT Conference to bring together frontline health workers and leaders from across Nevada and the nation. The purpose of this conference was to encourage breaking down silos and promoting the use of community-based public health professionals for improving community health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and innovating health systems.
NVPHTC Global Health Initiatives
NVPHTC is committed to global health research and practice at partnering sites throughout the world. The NVPHTC leads active research and practice projects in Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Turkey, Czech Republic, China, Bangladesh, Paraguay and Peru. NVPHTC is excited to offer ongoing international fieldwork programs to provide hands-on training experiences to students. These engaged practice courses allow students the opportunity to fully emerge themselves into local cultures while applying their public health knowledge across the world.
Contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by public health departments for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.
The NVPHTC is responsible for the training, management and implementation of a larger contact tracing workforce to collaboratively work across public and private agencies to stop the transmission of COVID-19.