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Virtual training for laboratory building capacity on antimicrobial resistance detection and surveillance – 2020

This course is by invitation only. If you were not selected to participate in this course, you can explore other self-paced self-learning courses of the Virtual Campus.

The purpose of the course is to incorporate skills and knowledge for laboratory building capacity on Antimicrobial Resistance detection and surveillance. It will provide an opportunity for participants to network and potentially build a regional AMR network to support long-term partnerships and collaborations.

Public Health Leadership: leading the health sector during COVID-19 and beyond - 2020

This course is by invitation only. If you were not selected to participate in this course, you can explore other self-paced self-learning courses of the Virtual Campus.

Course Introduction
This course provides comprehensive skill sets and knowledge related to health leadership. Participants will learn about the theoretical foundations of public health leadership and apply their knowledge in meaningful, real-world learning activities, often related to their current work. This course is competency-based, using competencies from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the leadership domain from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The course is 11 weeks long, and participants will go through modules of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities.

Course Strategy
This course includes weekly online synchronous class meetings, and engagement with asynchronous learning resources and activities in the virtual campus.

Course goal
Building leadership skills among public health managers will allow them to lead the response to emerging public health issues, including emergencies and disasters.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Apply principles of leadership, governance, management, and collaboration to varied scenarios
  • Develop mission and vision statements that align with described organizational structures
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges

This offering is oriented to English-proficient Caribbean public health workers in middle management positions.

The course will be conducted over 11 weeks.

Course Structure

Module 1: Introduction to Leadership in public health
Module 2: Ethics
Module 3: Leadership and Systems Thinking
Module 4: Capacity Development
Module 5: Teamwork and Organizational Performance
Module 6: Planning and implementing public health programs in the community
Module 7: Advocacy and Communication

Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean. Second Edition – 2020

Introduction to the course:
The Psychological First Aid (PFA) course is a twelve-hour self-paced training. It aims to equip lay persons with the tools to appropriately provide the initial response to individuals experiencing psychological distress secondary to crisis situations.

The second edition of this course includes special considerations for how to utilize PFA skills in ways that are safe for both the helper and the person who is in distress during an outbreak of disease, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This new content has been integrated across the 6 modules of the course.

To provide a framework for caretakers/ volunteers/ first responders to deliver psychological and social support for individuals in crisis situations.

The learning objectives of this course are:

  1. To define Psychological First Aid (PFA).
  2. Describe factors to consider in providing PFA.
  3. Discuss the process of providing PFA.
  4. List actions PFA providers take to care for self and colleagues.
  5. Identification of individuals with special needs.
  6. Application of PFA to various crisis scenarios.

Appropiate Audience:
Psychological First Aid is written for all persons including volunteers and lay persons in the community who may be in a position to support the psychological and social well-being of individuals during and after a crisis e.g. relief agency volunteers, teachers, religious leaders, etc.

Course duration:
The course is open and available in the VCPH. As it is a self-learning course, participants can regulate their times and moments of dedication. When including the estimated time to review the course contents and the Final Exam, the course is assigned a total of 12 hours.

Course Structure:
Module 1 - Understanding PFA (1 hour)
Module 2 - How to Help Responsibly (1,5 hour)
Module 3 - Providing PFA (3,5 hours)
Module 4 - People who likely need special attention (2,5 hours)
Module 5 - Caring for Self and Colleagues (1.5 hours)
Module 6 – Practicing PFA Skills (1,5 hour)