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Training and Education

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For more information on any of the trainings below, or to request a copy of a training on DVD (except Self Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues), please contact the Injury Prevention Program or call 850-245-4440.

Drug Abuse Awareness Webcast

On March 21, 2012, the Florida Department of Health, Office of Injury Prevention (now the Injury Prevention Program) and the Florida Medical Association co-sponsored an educational program to provide medical professionals with an overview on drug abuse. This program aired during National Poison Prevention Week as a live webcast.

Webcast segments included:

  • The Neuropharmacology of Drugs
  • Recent Drug Use and Misuse Trends in Florida
  • Best Practices and Protocols for Substance-Exposed Newborns
  • Changes to Florida’s Controlled Substance Laws 2011
  • Update on Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
  • Prescription Drug Take Back Programs

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Human Trafficking Awareness Webcast

On January 6, 2011, the Florida Department of Health, Office of Injury Prevention (now the Injury Prevention Program) and Sexual Violence Prevention Program sponsored an educational program to provide medical professionals with a general overview of human trafficking. This program aired during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The program was a live satellite broadcast and a webcast.

During this broadcast and webinar participants learned:

  • The magnitude of the problem
  • The types of human trafficking and the difference between human trafficking and human smuggling
  • About Federal and State laws regarding human trafficking
  • About Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and how to recognize its victims
  • About Federal, State and Local resources for referral and treatment

Topics specific to medical professionals included:

  • The prevalence of human trafficking victims in a health care practice
  • How human trafficking presents itself in a health care setting
  • How to screen for trafficking victims
  • Mandatory reporting obligations, including issues regarding privacy
  • Key health indicators related to human trafficking victims

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Injury Prevention 101

In March 2004, the Office of Injury Prevention (now the Injury Prevention Program) was awarded a $12,000 one year mini-grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to increase injury prevention awareness among emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. An eight-hour injury prevention course was created based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Public Information, Education and Relations (PIER) for Emergency Medical Services Curriculum—Injury Prevention Modules. The course was offered to over 100 individuals (mostly EMS personnel) between July 2004 and February 2005.

After completing the course, Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council (FIPAC) members suggested that the PIER course could modified and be used to educate the broader injury prevention workforce. The Injury Prevention 101 course was developed from the foundation of the previous PIER course, by FIPAC faculty and the Office of Injury Prevention. The course was taught annually from 2006–2009.  In 2010, the Injury Prevention 101 course was held as a live satellite broadcast and webcast is available on DVD.

To date, approximately 940 people, not only in Florida but from other states including Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, and Oklahoma, have been trained in injury prevention basics as the result of this initiative.

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Older Adult Falls Prevention Trainings

Since 2008, the Florida Department of Health, Office of Injury Prevention (now the Injury Prevention Program) and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs have sponsored an annual educational program for senior falls prevention. Additional information on senior falls prevention trainings can be found on the Older Adult Falls Prevention Awareness and Education page.

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Self Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues

On June 30, 2009, “Self Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues” was broadcast to provide quality education and information regarding the incidence and factors in self injury and to understand the relationship between self injury and suicide. The broadcast was sponsored by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Distance Learning Satellite Network, the Office of Performance Improvement and Children’s Medical Services (CMS), Division of Prevention & Intervention in collaboration with DOH/Office of Injury Prevention (now the Injury Prevention Program), Florida Department of Children and Families, and Florida Office of Drug Control/Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention.

A recording of this broadcast can be viewed on the site below. (Running Time: 1:24:34)
Self Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues Broadcast

This training offers insight into the following: incidence and factors in self injury, new breed of self injurer, relationship between self injury and suicide, major theories of self injury, and the school’s role in intervention and developing policies and procedures. The training also includes testimonies from two college students who have successfully coped with self injury.

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