Community Partnerships and Perspectives - Basic Level

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction and overview to community partnerships and perspectives series. It will familiarize you with concepts and skills necessary in working with communities to improve public health. At various points throughout the course you will be prompted to complete exercises that can be found in the course workbook.

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss current factors and trends influencing health and public health practice
  • Define community from the perspective of insiders and outsiders
  • Understand ways of analyzing community dynamics
  • Discuss innovating means of approaching public health practitioners
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Community Partnerships and Perspectives - Basic Level
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Linda Usdin
Linda Usdin, DrPH

Linda Usdin received her undergraduate degree from Duke University; a Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, California; and her Doctorate in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. For six years she managed Tulane University School of Public Health programs in Africa. For the last eight years she has worked as a planning and evaluation consultant to the Mayor's Office, the State Office of Public Health, local and national foundations, and community-based organizations. She was the team leader on a successful multi-year, multi-million dollar grant application for the New Orleans Jobs Initiative and for a violence prevention collaborative. She currently is working as Team Evaluator for the Annie E. Casey Making Connections Initiative in New Orleans. In addition, Dr. Usdin has taught courses on Building Community Collaboratives for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Graduate Certificate Program and for the South Central Public Health Leadership Institute.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Community Partnerships and Perspectives - Basic Level


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