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BCPH invites you to celebrate a “Spring Semester” of our Webinar Health-a-Thon!

Every Wednesday, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST, January 3 – March 27, we will be offering a WEEKLY webinar featuring selections from our ever-growing catalog of discussions, courses, and sessions. There are a mix of free and paid sessions. Sign-up by clicking below! 

JANUARY 2024

P.J. Moton-Poole

January 4, 2024

Health Empowerment for Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ Communities

Webinar: Health Empowerment for Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ Communities

Instructor: P.J Morton-Poole

Webinar DescriptionHIV is a major public health crisis, often seen disproportionately in underrepresented, minority communities, such as Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities. In this course, P.J. Moton-Poole discusses the intersection of public health and social work to empower the myriad of under-represented communities. He explores racism and homophobia within these communities as toxic barriers to health equity.

P.J. highlights the need to appreciate HIV beyond the virus in the body, focusing on the social determinants of health to treat people as a whole. He further delves into tokenism and the model of meaningful engagement in public health research and implementation.

This course was adapted from the Boston Congress of Public Health podcast series 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards 2022.

January 10, 2024

Amplifying Social Justice: Allies, Advocates, and Activists

Webinar: Amplifying Social Justice: Becoming Allies, Advocates, and Activists Workshop

Instructor: Dr. Candice Carpenter 

Webinar Description: Just what exactly is the difference between allyship, advocacy, and activism? How do we differentiate between the actions of changing our facebook photos to signposts that proclaim “Black Lives Matter”, speaking up for a transgender individual who has been misgendered in a workplace or social setting, deciding not to engage in disability inspiration ‘porn’, drafting a policy memo articulating the injustices suffered by specific refugee groups, or even testifying before Congress on the environmental atrocities committed by multinational companies? Amplifying Social Justice: Becoming Allies, Advocates, and Activists peels back these layers to discern differences in how individuals can work to promote social justice and equity in a variety of ways. Students will engage in both self-reflection and self-awareness activities, learning some differential strategies and tactics for identifying structural oppression and injustice, as well as techniques for promoting social justice, from community organizing and policy advocacy, to grassroots activism and professional activism. 

Drug Decriminalization

January 17, 2024

Does Drug Decriminalization Help or Harm Communities?

Webinar: The Great Health Debates: Does Drug Decriminalization Help or Harm Communities?

Webinar Description: Substance abuse is one of the major public health problems, rife with abundant controversies regarding how to mitigate versus completely eradicate its, and its attendant consequences of society. A crucial point of contention is: does decriminalizing drugs help or harm communities? In this course, Dr Monty Ghosh and Dr. Tracy Pearson debate the concept of drug decriminalization, its challenges, and benefits.

A distinction is drawn between diversion and true decriminalization as well as legalized regulation. Addiction is portrayed as a health issue, similar to other chronic medical conditions and rooted in the dysfunction of the biological. The declaration of “war on drugs” is noted to be essentially a “war on users”. The need for resources – financial, infrastructure and human — is highlighted as key in the process of decriminalization of drugs.

This course was adapted from the debate mini-series known as the Great Health Debates.

Diversity and Equity in LGBTQ+ Communities

January 24, 2024

Diversity and Equity in LGBTQ+ Communities

Webinar: Diversity and Equity in LGBTQ+ Communities

Instructor: Dr. Heather Tillewein

Webinar Description: In this webinar, participants will explore disparities that impact the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will examine the impact of social determinants of health on the LGBTQ+ community, including lack of cultural competence from providers, loss of social support, violence, homelessness, limited access to healthcare, and discrimination.

Students will gain an understanding of the importance of cultural competence and language associated with the LGBTQ+ identity.

Global Health Ethics

January 31, 2024

Global Health Ethics

Webinar: Global Health Ethics

Instructor: Dr. Unini Odama

Webinar Description: The aim of this course is to interrogate the meaning of Global Health by asking questions such as: should we focus on the word “Global or Health”? Furthermore, is ethics universal, and is there a global code of ethics? When we talk about Global health, is it inclusive or exclusive of the US? This course will also highlight various ways that Global health is practiced, such as via altruism, philanthropy, and education. The course will culminate in a deeper dive into medical tourism. 

FEBRUARY 2024

Ethics of HIV Criminalization

February 7, 2024

Ethics of HIV Criminalization

Webinar: Ethics of HIV Criminalization

Instructor: Dr. Circe Gray Le Compte

Webinar Description: The advent of HIV antiretroviral medications in the mid-1990s drastically reduced HIV-related deaths, and helped transform the disease into a manageable condition. What these medications could not treat, however, was stigma. Attitudes, and laws, rooted in ongoing fears around HIV persist to this day. In 2023, 34 states have laws that criminalize HIV exposure. Why do these laws continue to exist, and how are they meant to protect the health and well-being of the public?

Webinar Learning Objectives Covered:

  • Discuss the history of HIV that led to its criminalization

  • Describe the differential impacts of HIV criminalization among those living with HIV

  • Delineate solutions to end HIV criminalization 

Siddhesh Zadey

February 14, 2024

Kick-Starting Global Surgery in the 21st Century: Interview with Sid Zadey

Webinar: Kick-Starting Global Surgery in the 21st Century: Interview with Sid Zadey

Webinar DescriptionSurgery is often neglected in the public health discourse. High inequities and social injustice exist with access to surgery, leading to increased morbidity and mortality, and catastrophic health expenditures. In this course, Siddhesh Zadey discusses Global Surgery, an integral aspect of Global Health, to mitigate the problems associated with surgical access and consequences.

He delves into current global surgery models, challenges, limitations, and solutions. He also discusses systems modeling and its impact on public health. The need to move beyond publication of research towards implementation is also elaborated upon.

This course was adapted from the Boston Congress of Public Health podcast series 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards 2022.

February 21, 2024

Should AI Robots Replace Real Life Doctors

Webinar: Should AI Robots Replace Real Life Doctors

Webinar DescriptionArtificial Intelligence (AI) is fast becoming an integral component of healthcare. The advancement and permeation of AI into the health system has necessitated the polemics of the question: should AI robots replace real-life doctors?

In this course, Dr. Don Davis and Dr. Jade A. Anderson debate the difference between AI robots and real-life physicians, emphasizing the complexity of medicine and the indispensable physician-patient relationship, and irreplaceable power of human touch. AI bias, limitations, and mitigation strategies are further contested. There is further exploration of social justice and health equity issues related to AI.

This course was adapted from the debate mini-series known as the Great Health Debates.

Sexual Violence in the Community

February 28, 2024

Sexual Violence in the Community

Webinar: Sexual Violence in the Community

Instructor: Dr. Heather Tillewin

Webinar DescriptionIn this course, participants will explore disparities that impact the sexual violence survivors. Participants will examine the risk factors, prevalence, and the impact of sexual violence. Participants will be able to identify signs of sexual violence and programs to advocate against sexual violence. Through interactive activities, students will gain an understanding of the importance of cultural competence of sexual violence.

MARCH 2024

The Case for Health Equity in Clinical Trials

March 6, 2024

The Case for Health Equity in Clinical Trials

Webinar: The Case for Health Equity in Clinical Trials

Instructor: Seble Yigletu

Webinar Description: Clinical trials are at the core of scientific innovation. Health equity, the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health, is a fundamental principle that can help catalyze the reduction of health disparities. However, too often, the intersection between clinical trials and health equity is overlooked. This course will highlight the importance and necessary role of centering health equity in clinical trials, and how approaching clinical trials with a health equity lens can help us unlock a future in scientific innovation that is accessible to all.

Healing and Equity in Public Health: Interview with Lianne Hope

March 13, 2024

Healing and Equity in Public Health: Interview with Lianne Hope

Webinar: Healing and Equity in Public Health: Interview with Lianne Hope

Webinar DescriptionAre you interested in health promotion, a major tool for improving health outcomes? In this course, Lianne Hope explores health promotion using incentives. She also delves into play therapy and play deprivation with play being a well-established approach in early childhood development, but lacking in adulthood. She elaborates on the consequences of play deprivation.

Lianne further explores the concept of community healing and the spiritual components of public health interventions, with a particular focus on community engagement. She also discusses an approach to remedy situations where unintended consequences of public health interventions occur. She highlights the intersection of public health and social work, detailing social justice and equity issues in under-represented communities, such as trans communities.

This course was adapted from the Boston Congress of Public Health podcast series 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards 2022.

Emotionally Intelligent Communication

March 20, 2024

Emotionally Intelligent Communication

Webinar: Emotionally Intelligent Communication

Instructor: Dr. Rob Carpenter

Webinar Description: One of the biggest problems people face in their professional and personal lives is communicating in emotionally intelligent and healthy ways that will allow them to build and sustain positive relationships. In this eye-opening workshop, you will learn about your own “Demon Dialogues” that hinder positive communication and how to get past them so you can persuade – and not alienate, irritate, or offend – the people in your life so that you can get the most out of yourself and the people around you.

Advocating for Planetary Health: Interview with Renzo Guinto:

March 27, 2024

Advocating for Planetary Health: Interview with Dr. Renzo Guinto

Webinar: Advocating for Planetary Health: Interview with Renzo Guinto

Webinar Description: The lives of humans can in no way be isolated from the planet. With rising concerns of climate change and associated disasters, it is important that Public Health enthusiasts turn attention to the health of the planet. Dr Renzo Guinto explains the concept of planetary health, its widespread effects, and need for increased advocacy and involvement in this new area. 

This course was adapted from the Boston Congress of Public Health podcast series 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards 2022.

Online versions of popular BCPH Institute courses are now being released to the public, including: 

Metaversing Healthcare in the 21st Century
Course Instructor:
Dr. Candice Carpenter
Electrifying Your Career as an Academic Reviewer and Editor
Course Instructor:
Dr. Circe Gray Le Compte
Emotionally Intelligent Communication
Course Instructor:
Dr. Robert Carpenter