FREE SBIRT Training of Trainers Seminar (Rutgers/DMHAS)

The Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, in collaboration with the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, is pleased to offer an exciting FREE Train-the-Trainers opportunity to disseminate "SBIRT" (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) to key stakeholders.

We are reaching out to preventionists, public health workers, educators, clinicians, policy makers, and ALL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS who can train, advocate, and champion the implementation of SBIRT as an evidence-based public health model to reduce the harmful effects of risky alcohol and drug use.

For additional information please click here for the flyer and here for the registration form.

SBIRT:Training of Trainers

Instructor: Alan Lyme, MSW, ICADC, ICCS, MAC
Date: Monday-Wednesday
10/24/16 - 10/26/16
9 am – 4 pm
Location: Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies
Smithers Hall, Room 200
607 Allison Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Celebrate World Environmental Health Day

This year's World Environmental Health Day theme is tobacco control and the National Environmental Health Association is focusing on the negative health effects of second and third hand smoke.

  • Attached is our World EH Day Partner Toolkit and an abbreviated version is available online.
  • Join us for a partner kick off call on September 19 at 11:30 am MDT/1:30 pm EDT
  • Participate in the Twitter chat using #WorldEHDay at 1 pm MDT/3 pm EDT on September 26

NIH Launches Moms’ Mental Health Matters

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born.
NICHD has developed free health education materials in English and Spanish. The posters describe the signs of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy and address the misconception that for all women, pregnancy and new motherhood can only be "the happiest time of your life." In addition, the action plan helps moms identify when and where to seek help, and the conversation starter postcard, specifically designed for a mom's support system, offers suggestions for communicating with a loved one about this issue.
Learn More and Order Free Materials

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)!

This observance provides an opportunity to stress the value of vaccination across the lifespan. This year, the first week of August (August 1-7) will focus on adult immunizations.

For more information on specific chronic health conditions and vaccination, click the links below. These websites are also available in Spanish.

Comments on: Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of Change in New Jersey

Students at NJPHA Annual ConferenceWhen I first was invited to attend the public health seminar Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of Change in New Jersey, I was totally excited. I took the information regarding the seminar to my place of practice and requested the day off; they were approved right away. Although my major is Bachelorette degree in nursing, public health plays a vital part in what we do in communities.

Image of Healthy People Healthy Community courtesy of LBUCCWhen I initially thought of public health, I thought public and their health, public health extends far beyond that. Public health consists of cultural, behavior, environment and social; all these shape our environment. If prioritizing our health was ingrained in our culture to sustain health; building a culture of change here in New Jersey wouldn’t be so difficult to achieve, everyone would be on board and the expectations would already be ingrained in our minds and everyday living. Everyone’s perception of culture is different and how you live it, encouraging each other to live a “healthier lifestyle” and utilizing the resources that we have is all a part of Healthy People and Healthy Communities, Building a Culture of change. Public Health brings a great deal of challenges and commitment. I will be accessing the website for updated information regarding Public health issues and seminars, and to maintain awareness of Public Health.

Tonya Swindle
Kean University Student
Introduction to Public Health