Public health professionals commit themselves to lifelong learning. The cost of maintaining continuing education (CE) credits, attending conferences, and gaining access to specific databases can add up for those of us working in the public and non-profit sectors. It’s for this reason I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite public health training, writing, and data resources.
Take advantage of the following toolkits, online applications, and training hubs to advance your skills in public health practice.
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Public Health Training Hubs
CDC Learning Connection: The CDC Learning Connection provides healthcare and public health professionals with new and archived training opportunities. Many of the training sessions provide attendees with free CE credit.
Region V Public Health Training Center: The Region V Public Health Training Center offers free self-paced training to public health professionals. CHES and other CE credits are available for $3 per credit.
TRAIN.org: The TRAIN platform connects public health professionals to thousands of training modules in workforce development, cultural humility, and general public health practice. Training is free and self-paced.
County Health Rankings: The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings and Roadmaps webpage provides the general public and public health professionals with national, state, and county-level health data. Ranks are assigned to specific jurisdictions so users can compare community health outcomes across the country. Data is routinely updated.
HealthData.gov: HealthData.gov provides the public with free access to government health data. Users can search by category or by a specific health topic.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: Public Health Partners provides public health professionals with access to datasets and other data-related resources and toolkits for public health practice.
Toolkits & Topical Resources
American Public Health Association (APHA): Topics & Issues: Read about a variety of public health issues and gain access to guides, toolkits, papers, briefs, and training opportunities.
CDC: Public Health Professional Gateway: The CDC’s Public Health Professional Gateway connects public health professionals to briefs, training opportunities, resource pages, and funding opportunities. Professionals can subscribe to free alerts related to outbreaks and emergency preparedness issues.
The Public Health Foundation: The PHF’s Resources and Tools webpage connects professionals to webinars, free training, and additional tools to support their work in the public health.
The Hemingway App: The Hemingway App reviews sections of writing for readability, grade level comprehension, and complex sentences. This application is recommended for public health professionals who produce content for the general public.
Purdue Owl: Purdue Owl is a public health student’s best friend for brushing up on APA, MLA, and Chicago formatting guidelines for academic papers.
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