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Washington, D.C. Courses

These courses will be offered at the The Washington, DC Center (1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC, 20036). Students registering for these courses will receive a separate confirmation from the Department of Health Policy and Management.

For more information on the 2014 Winter Institute courses being offered in Washington, DC please contact Pam Davis. You can also view the Washington, DC course schedule.

January 6 - 10, 2014

THE ROLE OF COMMUNITY-BASED AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH

301.692.51
January 6 -8
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Paul Gaist

Since the 1990s, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) around the world engaged in the response to public health issues such as HIV/AIDS, TB, and drug abuse. This course provides a working background and functional understanding of NGOs/CBOs in public health programs, as well as policy and management that will be applicable in both U.S. and international settings (private voluntary organizations [PVOs] are included under the headings of NGOs and CBOs). Taught via lectures, guest speakers, and a series of hands-on interactive training sessions. Student evaluation based on a final paper due within one month of the conclusion of the course on a date specific by the instructor (3 academic credits). Maximum enrollment 28, minimum 7.

CASE STUDIES IN COMMUNICATING WITH THE MEDIA

301.771.51
January 8
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

John Burke

The ability to deal effectively with the mass media is an essential skill for institutions confronting a health emergency. In this age of instant global reporting, there is no time for on the job training, so professionals must prepare in advance to handle the media and keep the public informed. This course provides techniques and guidelines to understand and handle the media during a crisis. Topics to be discussed include: an overview of the media needs in a crisis, the essential elements of crisis communication plans, tips and techniques for spokespersons, common pitfalls to avoid, audience psychology, non verbal communication and techniques for communicating complex information to the lay audience. Students will review videotapes of news coverage and participate as spokespersons in videotaped simulation exercises (1 academic credit). Maximum enrollment 30, minimum 10.

MAKING EFFECTIVE PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

301.772.51
January 9 - 10
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

John Burke

Enhances skills to construct and deliver oral presentations with clarity and impact. Provides a template for “audience-centered” presentation construction with examples, tools and exercises. Provides individual assessment and feedback for each participant through videotaped exercises and a short formal presentation constructed during the course. Student evaluation based on class presentation and self-critique evaluation submitted at the conclusion of the course (2 academic credits). Minimum enrollment 8.

HEALTHCARE AND CONGRESS: PERSPECTIVE FROM K STREET

308.680.51
January 6 - 7
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Patrick Hope

Introduces the roles and functions of the entire legislative process -- from bill introduction, to committee markup, to the enactment of legislation.  Throughout this process, students also examine the essential role of congressional lobbyists in shaping health care policy stemming from coalition building, knowing your opponents, organizing grassroots and campaign contribution efforts, identifying key Members of Congress and staff, working the Administration, testifying on Capitol Hill, and knowing what and what not to tell your constituency.  Using a case study approach, students walk through the process of how an idea goes from an organization into federal or state law (2 academic credits). 

EVALUATING QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PATIENT SAFETY PROGRAMS

309.600.51
January 7 - 8
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Jill Marstellar

Prepares students to evaluate Quality Improvement/Patient Safety (QI/PS) projects by developing their competencies in the following areas: 1) Critiquing evaluations of QI/PS projects; 2nd) Designing a robust evaluation of a QI/PS project; and 3) Conducting a small scale qualitative study     (2 academic credits).

FACTS MATTER: EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY

300.843.51
January 9 - 10
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Shelley Hearne

Examines how well-translated facts, information and science can still play an important, influential role in policymaking debates where partisan gridlock and hyperbole limit progress.  Through case studies and expert lectures we examine how to target and advance evidence-based policy positions.  Using class exercises, students hone skills for effectively communicating fact-based information through both oral and written materials (2 credits).