Distance Learning

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The Health Information Group works with many federally- and state-funded projects at Georgetown University to develop distance learning curricula. This gateway provides access to these online courses. Choose from the categories below:

General Children's Health Promotion and Disease/Injury Prevention

Well-Child Care: A Bright Futures Curriculum for Pediatric Providers

Winner of a 2010 Grand APEX Award for Excellence for the Website and a 2009 Award for the Pocket Guide!

This curriculum is designed for health professionals who provide well-child care, and particularly to those served by state MCH programs or by Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. The curriculum consists of 10 half-hour modules and can be taken for CME credit, CE credit (coming soon), or for a professional Certificate of Completion. A Well-Child Care Pocket Guide is also available. (Registration and accreditation fees apply).

State Modifications of Well-Child Care

Designed to be easily adaptable, with additional funding, the curriculum can be customized to include state-specific information such as periodicity schedules, referral criteria, and documentation protocols. Contact us for more information.

HealthCheck Provider Education System

The HealthCheck Provider Education System was developed for health professionals in the District of Columbia to serve as a self-directed online learning experience; a review of important HealthCheck and EPSDT requirements and services; and a source for current information and updates.

Helping Babies, Healing Families: An Online Program Manual & Trainer's Guide for Sudden & Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss

Winner of a 2010 APEX Award for Excellence for Training Publication!

This online learning tool supports staff in local and State programs in their efforts to provide comprehensive Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Infant Death (SIDS/ID) program services in both risk reduction (so that children have the best chance of surviving the risk period for SIDS/ID) and bereavement support for families in cases where an unexpected infant/child death does occur.

Hot Topics in Infant Safe Sleep: An Interactive Workshop with Rachel Moon, M.D.

Dr. Moon, an internationally recognized expert in SIDS/ID research, presents scenarios in (1) reflux and sleep position; (2) breastfeeding; (3) bed-sharing and co-sleeping; (4) swaddling; (5) crib-sharing for multiple children; and (6) soft bedding and bumper pads. The videos include reports from SUID/SIDS caregivers and educators, a review of the research, and recommendations for families.

Children's Mental Health and Early Childhood Development

Promoting Healthy Mental Development

This course will train in (1) assessing and promoting social, emotional, developmental, and behavioral health; (2) identifying mental health concerns early; and (3) intervening early.

Addressing Mental Health Concerns

This newly-funded curriculum will focus on addressing mental health concerns with strategies that can be applied in multiple settings, with special emphasis on minority populations and professionals.

Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention

CPEI consists of six training modules and provider resources designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of early intervention service providers from the education, health care, therapeutic, and social service fields. The main purpose of CPEI is to meet the critical need for training in comprehensive, evidence-based early intervention practices.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Cultural Competence Curricula Enhancement Module Series

This series was developed by the National Center for Cultural Competence with the goal of increasing the capacity of DRTE-funded programs to incorporate principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence into all aspects of their leadership training.

Body/Mind/Spirit: Toward a Biopsychococial-Spiritual Model of Health

The discussion of the relationship between spirituality/religion and health has grown enormously in recent years. Studies have shown that spirituality and religion can play a role in how an individual copes with being sick, and may influence medical decisions and eventual health outcomes.

Bridging the Cultural Divide in Health Care Settings: The Essential Role of Cultural Broker Programs

The goal of this curriculum is to encourage the use of cultural brokering to increase access to culturally competent care, enhancing the delivery of care and improving health outcomes for diverse populations.

Data Vignettes

Data Vignettes

This project puts faces and names to the data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). While the stories are composites of many families and do not depict specific families or children, the vignettes can be used to increase understanding of racial and ethnic disparities in delivering care to CSHCN. Each vignette contains discussion questions as well as links to additional resources on the main issues raised in the vignette.


Training Video: Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence into Health Promotion

This video (and "In Their Own Voices" segments) helps experienced health promotion trainers to incorporate cultural and linguistic competence effectively and respectfully into their work with diverse populations.

Oral Health

BFOH Pocket Guide

Bright Futures in Practice: Oral Health Pocket Guide Online

This online pocket guide offers health professionals (including dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, and others) an overview of preventive oral health supervision for five developmental periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

Caries Prevention, Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

This series of modules was developed for clinicians working in safety net dental clinics in Ohio and provides a framework for assessing patients’ risk for dental caries and determining prevention, treatment, and education strategies based on that patient’s risk category. (Available for CE credit).

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Clinical Operations for Safety Net Dental Clinics

These modules are designed to help safety net dental clinic staff improve efficiency and quality of care, meet patients’ needs, and set up an infrastructure that is conducive to these activities.

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Financial Management for Safety Net Dental Clinics

These modules are designed to help safety net dental clinic staff learn about all aspects of financing a safety net dental clinic and ensuring that the clinic remains financially sustainable over the long term.

A Health Professional's Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management

These modules assist health professionals in performing an oral screening to identify infants and children at increased risk for oral health problems, offering referrals to oral health professionals, and providing parents with anticipatory guidance.

Mobile-Portable Dental Manual

The manual is a companion manual to the online Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual that covers considerations for fixed dental clinic sites that are not private practices. Users are referred or linked to information in the Safety Net Manual that applies to basic principles of designing, staffing, operating and financing dental care systems.

Open Wide: Oral Health Training for Health Professionals

These modules present professionals with information about tooth decay, risk factors, and prevention; explain how to perform an oral health risk assessment and oral health screening; and highlight anticipatory guidance to share with parents.

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Oral Health Care for Young Children

These modules are designed to help clinicians learn about providing care to infants and children from birth through age 3. The modules provide clinicians with information about prevention, risk assessment, and anticipatory guidance. (Available for CE credit).

Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual

The information in this manual highlights all aspects of dental clinic development as well as ongoing operations. Beginners may look at the chapters as a series of steps for starting a dental clinic. Those wanting to improve an existing dental clinic facility or services can pick and choose interests and objectives.

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School-Based Dental Sealant Programs

These modules are designed to ensure that school-based dental sealant program staff have a thorough understanding of the history, operations, and underlying principles of programs funded by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The modules provide detailed guidelines for infection control in school-based programs; discuss tooth selection and assessment for dental sealants; review the dental sealant application process; and provide information about program operations (Available for CE credit).

Seal America: The Prevention Invention

This online manual is designed to assist health professionals initiate and implement a school-based dental sealant program to help prevent dental caries in children.

Special Care: An Oral Health Professional's Guide to Serving Young Children with Special Health Care Needs

This curriculum provides oral health professionals with information to help ensure that young children with special health care needs have access to health promotion and disease prevention services. (Available for CE credit).

Physical Activity

BFOH Pocket Guide

One Step at a Time: Helping Young Children Be Physically Active!—Bright Futures Obesity Prevention Training for Child Care Providers

A curriculum that helps child care providers working in local programs make sure young children are physically active.