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Community health improvement courses planned

New Mexico State University's Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC) and Luna Community College's Montanas del Norte Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will present community health improvement courses in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe through Dec. 16.


st eight classes of the Community Health Improvement Training Institute (CHITI) will cover general topics such as needs assessment, planning, evaluation and organizational skills. These classes are targeted at local community health councils and small non-profit organizations with the goals to improve coalition building skills and contribute to workforce development. The series has proven successful in giving health councils and organizations a low-cost way to train new employees.

The planned second series of courses will teach evidence-based practices on topics such as teen pregnancy, domestic violence, immunizations, securing and maintaining primary care, the role of local health councils in emergency preparedness and reducing the lack of transportation to health care in rural areas.

Dates and topics of remaining courses are:

--Oct. 23, "Comprehensive Community Health Improvement Councils' Roles and Responsibilities," Radisson Hotel, Santa Fe.

--Oct. 24, "Working with Groups and People in Them," Radisson Hotel, Santa Fe.

--Oct. 27, "Working with Groups and People in Them," Mesilla Park Recreation Center, Las Cruces.

--Oct. 28, "Community Assessment and Development of a Community Health Improvement Profile," Mesilla Park Recreation Center, Las Cruces.

--Nov. 3, "Community Assessment and Development of a Community Health Improvement Profile," Radisson Hotel, Santa Fe.

--Nov. 4, "Setting Priorities and Development of a Community Health Improvement Plan," Radisson Hotel, Santa Fe.

--Nov. 17, "Setting Priorities and Development of a Community Health Improvement Plan," Mesilla Park Recreation Center, Las Cruces.

--Nov. 18, "Community Action: Intro to Systems Work, Environmental and Evidence-Based Strategies," Mesilla Park Recreation Center, Las Cruces.

--Dec. 2, "Community Action: Intro to Systems Work, Environmental and Evidence-Based Strategies," Amberley Suites, Albuquerque.

--Dec. 8, "Coordinating Community Funding," Mesilla Park Recreation Center, Las Cruces.

--Dec. 9, "Systems Evaluation and Oversight Role of a Comprehensive Community Health Improvement Council," Mesilla Park Recreation Center, Las Cruces.

--Dec. 15, "Coordinating Community Funding," Radisson Hotel, Santa Fe.

--Dec. 16, "Systems Evaluation and Oversight Role of a Comprehensive Community Health Improvement Council," Radisson Hotel, Santa Fe.

Each course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required and registration for each course will begin at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.

Continuing education credit will be offered in social work, counseling, health education and nursing to health professionals attending courses. College credit through New Mexico State also will be offered.

CHITI is sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health's Public Health Division and Improving Health Initiative.

For more information on courses to be held in Las Cruces, contact Sally Meisenhelder, SoAHEC, at (505) 646-3441, Ext. 24 or smeisenh@nmsu.edu. For more information on courses to be held in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, contact Diana Abeyta, Montanas del Norte AHEC, at (505) 454-5367.