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Recovery Equity Videos: Video Series by Hazelden Berry Ford Foundation 

Welcome to the Recovery Equity video series, a space for us to reflect on hard truths, consider promising initiatives and imagine new possibilities. We hope you will join our conversations and our commitment to learn together, listen openly, appreciate diversity, amplify unheard voices, think differently, challenge the status quo and take action to effect change.

Asthma Podcast: Health Chatter

Health Chatter podcast hosts Stan Shanedling and Clarence Jones chat with Dr. Gail Brottman about asthma. Dr. Brottman is the Director of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Brottman has been involved in pediatric asthma since 1992, as a clinician, researcher and program facilitator at Hennepin Healthcare. In addition to these roles, she has been a member of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Asthma Advisory Committee since 2018, and serves on the Camp Superkids Medical Board, and the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Dr. Brottman is a physician champion and is committed to Patient-Centered Care. “I work with patients and families to help them understand what is happening with their lungs and feel confident in controlling their asthma.”

Professional Development

Advocacy Training for CHWs

The course is intended for CHWs and CHW Supervisors. Learners will have the ability to access and download videos, reading materials, and reflection exercises on the following topics:

  • The history and background of CHW programs.
  • How to advocate for improved health care and working conditions.
  • How to tell personal stories to advocate for change.
  • How to use technology tools to participate in global conversations.

Click here to access the course. 

Minnesota Department of Health Education Center

The learning center is designed to support local public health agencies, hospitals, clinics, communities, institutions, and others by providing access to both in-person and online educational opportunities on a broad array of topics.

If you don’t already have a free account, click here.

Certificate Programs

About CHW Certificate Programs

Community Health Worker (Fully ONLINE)

As a community health worker, you will provide the first line of support for people in need of assistance with health care and social services. NTC’s Community Health Worker program will prepare you to serve in a variety of health care organizations. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to help your community increase and improve access to health care, improve access to health care for racial and ethnic minorities, improve quality of care for the chronically ill, promote healthy communities and educate families about access to and use of health care coverage. Community health workers perform a broad range of health-related functions and play an important role in bridging the gap between cultures and health care systems.

Gerontology & Aging Care Program (Fully ONLINE)

Beginning in spring 2021, Northwest Technical College will address unprecedented growth in life expectancy and aging populations with a new online Gerontology & Aging Care program. Students who complete the program will be well-trained eldercare specialists with knowledge and expertise in the field of aging and associated issues. Graduates of the program will possess the knowledge and skills needed to provide seamless quality service to the aging population and their families. Career pathways include a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities related to psychology, economics, health and wellness, public policy and advocacy and service.

Northwest Technical College is now offering an 18 credit, 2-semester Certificate program in Gerontology. Click here to learn more. 

Health Sciences Field Associate of Science (Fully ONLINE)

The Health Sciences Broad Field Associate of Science (AS) degree may be the perfect place to start if you’re planning to pursue a four-year degree or double major in Northwest Technical College programs such as nursing, dental assisting or medical office technology. The program, which is offered online or on campus, provides a flexible path of study for you to explore career options in health and human services. Graduates who want or need to work can use the AS degree to be qualified for employment as a nursing assistant before deciding whether to further their studies. Most graduates eventually advance their studies with another NTC degree or transfer to a baccalaureate program within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Students completing the Health Sciences Broad Field will work closely with advisers to plan their academic and career path in the high-demand health and human services fields.

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Training and Other Resources

5/13-5/17: Fungi Magic: An exploration of historic and current roles of mushrooms in health and preventing diseases of humans, animals, and the environment (Minneapolis) (In Person)

Sponsored by University of Minnesota School of Public Health

This course will examine the historic, current, and future value of fungi in personal and public health, and in advancing the collective health of humans, animals, and the environment. Students will learn about historical and present day uses of fungi as medicine, specific promising use of psilocybin to mitigate mental health problems and effects of trauma, the role of fungi in “one health”, and related public health practice and policy implications. A tour of the fungi grow lab on the St. Paul campus is part of the class experience.

5/13-5/31: Public Health Institute (Hybrid: Minneapolis and virtual)

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota School of Public Health

The Public Health Institute features over 20 interdisciplinary, engaging, and interactive courses for students and practicing professionals in public health and related fields. Build or expand your professional expertise and explore a new area of interest in our courses! Learn more and view our course offerings on our website.

5/16: Moving Upstream! Northern Minnesota Suicide Prevention Training (Baxter) – In Person

Sponsored by: Carlton County

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Central. Are you looking for tangible strategies for suicide prevention and mental health/well-being promotion for yourself or the people you serve? Attend this in-person training to add local resources to your toolkit as a provider, prevention specialist or community member! Topics will include Minnesota Suicide Prevention Regional Coordination updates, upstream suicide prevention strategies with the aging population, artificial intelligence (AI), and suicide prevention help seeking. Location: Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, 6967 Lake Forest Road, Baxter, MN  56401. This event is free to attend, but registration is required to ensure accurate counts for meals and session attendance. For more information contact Meghann Levitt at meghann.levitt@carltoncountymn.gov

5/16: Mycelial Leadership: Trauma-Informed Approaches for Thriving Team Ecosystems (Minneapolis)

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota School of Public Health

In PUBH 7200: Mycelial Leadership, students will establish a foundational understanding of the neurobiology and physiology of trauma. Students will apply this foundational knowledge to practice effective communication strategies and interventions as leaders in team environments. This course focuses on experiential learning activities to apply the principles of a trauma-informed approach to fostering healthy and healing team ecosystems through effective communication and to caring for one’s self in a sustainable, trauma-informed way.

5/28-5/31: Concepts in Disaster Behavioral Health

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota School of Public Health

May 28 – 31 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) 15 CE contact hours Disaster events leave an immediate, short term and long-term footprint that has not been recognized by many disciplines involved in response and recovery. This course will be divided into four sections that look disaster behavioral health from a trauma-informed planning perspective. First, we will work to develop an understanding of how disasters impact individuals and communities and the importance of creating a disaster behavioral health plan. We will discuss the importance of collaboration in disaster response and recovery and review individual and community disaster assessment and intervention strategies. We will also discuss the long-term behavioral health impact of disasters on communities, and how to mitigate that impact. Lastly, we will discuss the importance of self-awareness and self-care for responders during disaster response and recovery efforts.

5/28-5/31: American Indian Health and Wellness, Understanding and Applying the “Other Public Health System”

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota School of Public Health

As sovereign nations, American Indian Tribes are responsible for the overall health and well-being of their members along with the land and environment of their tribe. In this course students will learn about the legal responsibility of the United States to provide health services to American Indians. Students will examine the public health issues facing American Indian communities; review historical implications, analyze legislation, apply specific financing requirements, and gain an understanding of the unique American Indian public health system and the complex set of services, activities, collaborations and stakeholders that varies by tribe and region. Additionally, Indigenous knowledge will be shared that offers a focus on historical holistic views and programs for health and wellness that emphasizes assets, resilience, and cultural humility. This knowledge is applicable for all populations throughout the World. PUBH 7200 Section 115 Class #87105

The Minnesota Department of Health Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) is introducing a six part series to share the U.S. Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being. This framework lays the foundation for workplaces to examine and take action to change culture within their organizations.

Join MDH for one hour every two weeks this spring and summer to learn more about the framework and each of the foundational elements. You’ll receive an overview of each element and learn practical steps to introduce this information to your wellness committee and/or leadership team. You will also receive a leader’s guide with six PowerPoint presentations (15-20 minutes long).

Dates: The first webinar will be held on May 29. Future webinars will be on June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, and Aug. 7.

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Register for the Creating a Culture of Health Webinar Series here.

Virtual CHW Core Competency Training

Training Dates: June 3rd – 7th, 2024

We are excited to invite you to another session of the CHW Core Competency Training! If you missed previous sessions, now is your chance to participate!

  • 📅 Dates: June 3rd-7th, 2024
  • 🕒 Time: 1 PM – 5 PM
  • ▶️ Via Zoom

Find all the details in the flyer! Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Register below.

Register Here!

    SAVE THE DATE: Thursday July 18 (3pm) – Friday July 19th

    Event: MN 2024 Rural CHW Conference

    Theme: Bridging Community Gaps in Rural Minnesota with CHW Workforce! 

    Location: Minnesota West Community & Technical College (Worthington)

    More information and registration: flier is attached

    Stakeholders Conference Sponsorship Opportunities: flier attached  

    Contact Roxanne Hayenga, roxanne.hyenga@mnwest.edu