Trainings and Webinars: Data and Health Equity

These trainings can help you better understand and articulate health equity, identify health disparities using data, and create presentations using data to communicate with decision makers in your community for addressing health inequities. These tasks and steps can be essential to gathering support for your data-driven decisions and moving your efforts forward within your organization and/or community. Trainings listed here are publicly available and evaluated for quality by the SHARE-NW team.

Please note, these health equity trainings correspond with the demographics data on this website. All other corresponding topics for the trainings and data dashboards on this site have matching titles.

All trainings and webinars featured on the SHARE-NW website are free.

Selected Trainings and Webinars

Analysis and Interpretation of Public Health Data, Part 1

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the purpose of descriptive epidemiology and how it is used for assessment
  • Describe why rates are important in doing assessment
  • Name three kinds of rates
  • Describe the two types of summary measures
  • Explain the purpose of standardizing rates through age adjustment

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Analysis and Interpretation of Public Health Data, Part 2

Learning objectives:

  • List 6 measures commonly used in PH
  • Describe the difference between uses of incidence and prevalence rates
  • Explain different ways to measure statistically significant difference
  • Describe how to deal with the problems of unstable rates and small numbers

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Communicating Effectively

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the difference between persuasive and informative communication and why both are needed
  • Describe your audience and what motivates them
  • Identify the most important content/data to share with a specific audience

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Community Assessment

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the reasons for conducting a community assessment
  • Define the components of a community health assessment
  • Identify the types of data for assessing the needs and assets of the community of interest

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Data Collection for Program Evaluation

Learning objectives:

  • List five data collection methods in program evaluation.
  • Design a basic survey questionnaire.
  • List two methods of selecting a survey sample.
  • Describe key components in planning and conducting interviews and focus groups.

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Data Interpretation for Public Health Professionals

Learning objectives:

  • List at least three common data sources used to characterize the health or disease status of a community.
  • Define and interpret basic epidemiology measures such as prevalence, incidence, mortality, and case fatality.
  • Define and interpret basic biostatistical measures.
  • Read and interpret tables and graphs.
  • Determine the approporiate format for data presentation.

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Facilitating Focus Groups

Learning objectives:

  • Identify focus group standards for planning and logistics.
  • Moderate a focus group utilizing listening, open-ended questioning, and probing techniques while encouraging active participation.
  • Manage the logistical execution of the focus group with attention to conversation flow, group participation, and time-keeping.

Format: Online module
Source: Region 2 Public Health Training Center

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Measuring Health Disparities

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the dimensions of health disparity as described in Healthy People 2020
  • List three definitions of health disparity
  • Interpret health disparity in graphical representations of data
  • Explain relative and absolute disparity
  • Describe how reference groups can affect disparity measurement
  • Describe at least three complex measures of health disparities
  • List strengths and weaknesses of at least three health disparity measures
  • Summarize the analytic steps in measuring health disparity

Format: Online module
Source: Region 5 Public Health Training Center

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Planning For Data Collection

Learning objectives:

  • Build a data collection framework and plan
  • Measure the cost of your data collection activity
  • Compare mobile-based vs paper-based data collection methods
  • Choose between different mobile-based data collection tools
  • Evaluate budgetary, technology and logistical factors for data collection.

Format: Online module
Source: SocialCops

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Promoting Health Equity by Uniting Sectors Around Shared Data

Learning objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the national landscape of multi-sector collaborations working to share data to build capacity and improve community health
  • Discuss ways to improve health and improve equity through multi-sector collaboration and data sharing
  • Provide examples of how multi-sector data sharing helps communities address the social determinants of health
  • Highlight tools and resources to help communities connect with peers from across the country and advance this work locally

Format: Online module
Source: Region 5 Public Health Training Center

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Understanding Population Health Concepts

Learning objectives:

  • Define health equity, health disparities, and health inequities
  • Explain how social factors influence health
  • Use data to identify connections between social factors and varying health outcomes in a community

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Use of Health Care Data to Reinvent Public Health Practice

Learning objectives:

  • Delineate data challenges currently facing the public health field;
  • Identify public health opportunities created by the growth in electronic data; and
  • Recognize relevant ethical and legal issues.

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 3 Public Health Training Center

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Visualizing Data Stories

Learning objectives:

  • Use appropriate graphic and other visualization techniques for communicating data about health disparities and inequities
  • Tailor data messaging and visualizations to a specific audience
  • Use design principles to create presentations and data visualizations that tell a “data story”

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Related Trainings and Webinars

A Systems Approach to Understanding Childhood Obesity

Learning objectives:

  • Describe public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels.
  • Describe different stakeholders with the power to address childhood obesity.
  • Explain how local health departments (LHDs) can use systems thinking approaches while planning intersectoral initiatives to reduce inequities in childhood obesity.

Format: Online module
Source: Region 2 Public Health Training Center

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Best Practices in Program Planning for Local Obesity Prevention

Learning objectives:

  • Employ appropriate methods to engage your priority users in program planning for obesity prevention.
  • Prepare to create or revise a program logic model that is informed by root-cause analysis and evidence-based theory.
  • Appraise your obesity-prevention program's current stage of development as it relates to best-practice planning.

Format: Online module
Source: Region 9 Public Health Training Center

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Childhood Obesity Programs: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions

Learning objectives:

  • Summarize the rising prevalence of childhood obesity, particularly among at-risk populations, such as ethnic and minority groups.
  • Identify the various factors that result in childhood obesity, with an emphasis on environmental factors.
  • Describe why from a public health standpoint the major goal is prevention as opposed to treatment of childhood obesity.
  • Examine which settings are most effective for childhood obesity prevention programs, and apply this knowledge critically to your specific target population given their needs and resources.
  • Discuss why a settings-based approach which uses multiple settings is more effective than a single settings approach.
  • Explain the benefits of using evidence-based approaches to obesity prevention in children.

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 9 Public Health Training Center

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Childhood Obesity: Simulating the Impacts of Policy Interventions

Learning objectives:

  • Explain how systems modeling can be useful when considering investing in public health strategies and policies.
  • Describe the Georgia childhood obesity model.
  • Compare simulations in a childhood obesity model to understand the long-term impact of policies on obesity prevalence and costs.

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 4 Public Health Training Center

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Communication Strategies to Prevent E-Cig/Vape Use Among Youth

Learning objectives:

  • Describe current data and trends regarding on e-cig/vape use.
  • Describe youth attitudes and behaviors as reported in youth focus groups.
  • Discuss components of effective tobacco control communication strategies targeting youth.
  • Describe ways public health programs can incorporate effective tobacco control communication strategies.
  • Identify strategies to influence peer messaging around vaping.

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 9 Public Health Training Center

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Connecting Brain and Social Development to Injury Prevention

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the basics of how the brain develops from birth to age 24.
  • Think about injury data through a brain development lens.
  • List two ways in which understanding connections between brain development and injury can improve and inform prevention practices.

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Overview of Opioid Misuse, Associated Harms, and Public Health Responses in the US

Learning objectives:

  • Describe current trends in opioid misuse and factors related to changes in use
  • Summarize harms associated with opioid misuse
  • Describe public health responses to address opioid misuse

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 4 Public Health Training Center

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Public Health Evidence into Action Session 1 of 3: How to Find Health Initiatives that Work

Learning objectives:

  • Define evidence-based public health practice
  • Discuss benefits and challenges of using evidence
  • Find evidence-based resources on strategies or approaches, programs and policies

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 4 Public Health Training Center

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Public Health Evidence into Action Session 2 of 3: Balancing the Evidence with Your Community Needs

Learning objectives:

  • Assess the fit between potential evidence-based approaches and the community organization and population
  • Describe steps in the adaptation process
  • Define fit, core elements, adaptation and fidelity
  • Discuss what can probably be changed and what cannot be changed to maintain EBA fidelity

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 4 Public Health Training Center

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Public Media Data for Public Health

Learning objectives:

  • Describe public media data available for disease surveillance
  • Describe public media data available for audience segmentation
  • Describe public media data available for message design and tailoring

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 2 Public Health Training Center

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Putting the Public Health Approach to Firearm Safety Into Action

Learning objectives:

  • Describe characteristics of the public health approach to firearm safety.
  • Identify recommendations from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials' position statement on preventing firearm death and injury that could be addressed in the work of your organization.
  • Describe how Washington State is using data to address firearm death and injury.

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Safe at Every Stage: Injury and Violence Prevention and the Developing Brain

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the importance of linking research on brain and social development with injury and violence prevention
  • Identify the steps necessary to analyze injury and violence prevention data through a developmental lens
  • Use data analysis and research to improve child and youth injury and violence prevention efforts
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally tailored interventions
  • Advocate for developmentally tailored interventions in public health

Format: Online module
Source: Region 10 Public Health Training Center

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Structural Factors and Sexual Orientation Health Disparities in Adolescent Substance Use: A Multi-level Analysis

Learning objectives:

  • Explain why it is important to understand structural causes of health disparities among sexual minority youth
  • Describe why substance use disparities might be a large and persistent cause of disparate morbidity among sexual minority youth
  • List potential outcomes to expect for sexual orientation substance use disparities among youth given the changing political landscape

Format: Archived webinar
Source: Region 2 Public Health Training Center

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