Webinar: Opioid Use, Abuse, and Solutions @ Queens Conference Center Auditorium (QCC) or Zoom Webinar @ Queens Conference Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

A wave of opioid addiction is affecting communities in both Hawai’i and on the US continent. Use of opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers has swelled to levels of dependency in many individuals, and being cut off by well-meaning providers causes many to seek elsewhere. Several factors contribute to the breadth and complexity of this urgent problem: severe chronic pain, greater use of prescriptions, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies, among others. Services, solutions, and care management exist here in Hawai’i to reduce harm and improve quality of life for all.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss current trends in opioid use, dependence, and abuse.
2. Review the psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment options for clients with substance abuse/dependence.
3. Summarize what services are available for opioid dependent clients in Hawai’i and how to assist in the coordination of care.

Trainer is Heather Lusk, Executive Director of Life Foundation and Chow Project.

Webinar: Hawai’i Early Learning Program for Children: Creating the System Our Children and Families Deserve @ Queens Conference Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

A strong early learning system is a wise public investment, returning $3-$8 in long-term benefits for every dollar spent. High quality childcare and preschool programs enhance school readiness, reduce achievement gaps between privileged and disadvantaged children, and can even have lasting effects on learning, behavior, and health in adulthood. Reliable, affordable childcare is also a necessity for working parents. Results of a recent statewide assessment of availability, cost, and quality identified bright spots as well as critical needs in our early learning landscape. Come and learn about hallmarks of quality programs, which of our communities are childcare deserts, and resources for families.

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the ways in which high-quality care early learning programs promote child and family wellbeing.
2. Discuss the current state of Hawai’i’s early learning system for children age 0.5.
3. Share stories about innovative programs in Hawai’i and resources to help families locate and pay for preschool and childcare.

Trainer is Barbara DeBaryshe, Interim Director and Specialist at the UH Center on the Family

Webinar: Health Communication in the Digital Age: Lessons Learned About Persuasive Practices @ Queens Conference Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

While all of us communicate on a daily basis, in the sphere of public health, it is sometimes difficult to get our message across, especially when we are looking for behavior change. Social Marketing, the practice of using marketing fundamentals for social good rather than commercial profit, has been researched since the 1970’s. In the age of digital communications, best practice models must adapt for a changing landscape. Stronger, more persuasive communication is needed at all levels for best approaches to our most compelling problems.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss different channels of communication for dissemination for persuasion messages in public health.
2. Explore how evidence-based findings are translated into public health practices to inform and to persuade changes in opinions, attitude and/or behaviors.
3. Review lessons learned with online examples most effective digital communications campaigns.

Trainer is Pedro Haro – Owner and Founder of Social Marketing Hawaii.

Webinar: Local Hawai’i Case Studies in Prevention of Youth Violence and Suicide @ Queens Conference Auditorium Center (QCC) or Zoom Webinar
Dec 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Free Zoom Webinar and/or In-Person training at Queens Conference Center (QCC)

Managing the change process within public health organizations is important to ensure improved organizational performance. However, the change process poses formidable challenges. Managers are also facing increased pressure to respond to environmental influences and provide the necessary leadership to their organizations in the change process. In fact, managing organizational change has become a key competency for healthcare managers. In this talk, best practices to establish a change-oriented organization with the culture and capacity for change will be emphasized, including the importance of assessing and addressing change readiness.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss general concepts and best practices of organizational change in public health.
2. Examine the importance of addressing readiness when pursuing organizational change.
3. Describe two examples of local organizational change – youth violence prevention through school connectedness and youth suicide prevention.

Trainer – Jeanelle Sugimoto Matsuda, PhD. – Assistant Professor with University of Hawaii at Department of Psychiatry and Office of Public Health Studies.