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Self-study: Improving Your IVP Practice with Core Competencies (Webinar 6 of 6)
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Safe States Self-Study Training 


"Communicating Competently to Create Change: The Power of Partnerships, Policy and the Press"


This is Webinar #6 in a six-part series entitled “Improving your Injury and Violence Prevention Practice with the Core Competencies.” The series is presented by the Southeastern and Southwestern Injury Prevention Network and the Safe States Alliance.

  • In this webinar series, experienced professionals in the field discuss how they use the Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) to develop and advance their own skills, as well as those of staff they manage. The Core Competencies can provide a roadmap for gaining or strengthening the essential knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to grow professionally; develop, implement and evaluate IVP programs and policies; and strengthen the field and practice of IVP.

  • Webinar #1 provides the rational for this series, highlighting the ways the competencies can help participants in their work. Webinars #2-6 address Core Competencies for IVP #1-7, and core competencies #8-9 are addressed throughout each presentation.

  • This webinar series is relevant to those with a variety of experiences and/or years of service, including:

    • Professionals working in IVP and/or other areas of public health
    • Individuals anywhere along the spectrum of professional development –those new to public health and/or IVP, and those who have been working for several years and want to further develop their competencies.


Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this self-study training, participants will:  

  • Examine IVP Core Competency #6: Ability to disseminate information related to injury and/or violence prevention to the community, other professionals, key policy makers and leaders through diverse communication networks.
  • Build competency in IVP information dissemination, including:
    • Identifying and differentiating the components and methods of designing and delivering effective messages for different audiences
    • Serving as a resource to the public, media and policy makers when appropriate and be able to provide referrals to other resources.
  • Examine Core Competency #7: Ability to stimulate change related to injury and/or violence prevention through policy, enforcement, advocacy and education.
  • Build competency in IVP policy, enforcement, advocacy, and education, including:
    • Describing the differences between policy, education, lobbying and advocacy as tools to stimulate change in the community
    • Identifying gaps in policies, laws, regulations and enforcement that, if addressed, could reduce injury and/or violence in the community


  • Jennifer Woody, Regional Network Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lara B. McKenzie, Principal Investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor, College of Public Health at The Ohio State University
  • Shannon Frattaroli, Faculty Directory, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Continuing Education


This self-study training is designated for: (1) Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I continuing education contact hour, and (2) for professionals with a Certificate of Public Health (CPH) to receive 1.5 CPH Recertification Credit. 


Continuing education credits are offered for this training for Safe States members. These include credits for individuals who are Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified in Public Health (CPH)

Training Instructions

To complete this training, you will need to:   

  1. Participate in the training by accessing the recorded webinar and additional resources:

    Recorded Webinar #6
    Webinar #6 Slides            

    Resources Webinar #6

  2. Complete the  online evaluation, which includes questions for you to report CPH or CHES continuing education credits for this training. Please note, you must complete this online evaluation and its CPH and/or CHES questions in order for Safe States to submit your CPH and/or CHES credits to the respective CEU providers 

  3. Create your certificate of completion.          

If you encounter any technical difficulties related to this training, please contact the Safe States Alliance at or (770) 690-9000.


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