Entries by Monique

How To Offer Virtual Courses in Spanish and Other Languages

Training is communicating, at its most basic. So, if you’re not delivering your agency’s educational material in a language that makes sense, your learners will have trouble understanding. You need to offer multilingual training if you want to address cultural competency, safety, productivity, and compliance. Many public health programs have employees who don’t speak English […]

How To Hire a Remote Training Admin To Manage E-learning Programs

Hands climbing up a ladder

Organizations that are moving their online training program into an online space are faced with a difficult decision that will endure for the life of the program. Does it make sense to hire a new facilitator who is skilled in online work, or train an existing employee to do the work?

Pros of hiring from within

Both decisions have pros and cons, and ultimately organizations must make a decision based on their individual needs. However, there are some clear benefits and drawbacks.

One top pro is that you know your employees and what they do. You have a history with them that indicates how adept they are at change or if they have untapped skills that can be used. It can make the transition much smoother. Internal employees also know you and what you do. It takes less time for these kinds of hires to understand the details of your organization and your mission. An existing trainer also has in-depth knowledge of your material and audience.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Making Your Traditional Learning Program Virtual

Blended learning for health workers

Deciding to train health workers in an online classroom versus a traditional in-person setting is the easiest part of the undertaking. Virtual learning is an easy answer to educating a quickly growing workforce that has restrictions on travel, time and money.

The difficult part is in the execution. Most training programs for healthcare teams offer live instruction, and converting those training materials into an online format is about as easy is it is to move from a house you’ve lived in for decades.

18 Ways To Motivate Distance Learners in Professional Development

Your agency has probably restructured at least some of its professional development training as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. You may have shifted to online learning or at least holding some trainings via remote platforms like Zoom. It’s handy to have a distance learning safety net so you can keep passing information on to […]

Webinar: Women’s Health and COVID-19

Women’s health has been hit harder by COVID-19 than men. They’re skipping cancer screening (and missing diagnoses), dropping out of their jobs, and more effected by domestic abuse–just to name a few reasons why. As we continue to learn about this pandemic and how to navigate through this time, understanding the key ways you can […]

How To Use Goals To Help Your Staff Succeed

Helping your employees set and reach goals is a critical part of your job as a supervisor or program manager. Setting and reaching goals is also important to your staff, who needs to see how their work fits in with the larger objectives of your agency. Taking the time to work with them to set […]

Why Teaching About Health Disparities Transforms Communities

As an instructional designer, I use my expertise in teaching and learning to create learning experiences on a wide variety of health topics. Whether I’m developing a course on breast cancer genetics  or oral health, a significant part of the process is partnering with experts in the field to develop courses that are informative, engaging and effective.  Since many of these courses are written for frontline health workers, they must also motivate participants to make positive changes in their communities.

How Stereotypes Are Bad for Your Health

Think you’re immune to stereotyping the people in your community? That you never notice a person’s skin color, what they’re wearing, what their gender is? Then look at this cartoon and think about your reaction: It comes via the article “The Bubbles Inside Our Heads,” by Marilyn Gardner, educator, nurse, trainer, thinker, “third-culture kid” (and […]

Susan G. Komen Uses Talance to Empower New Patient Navigators

Timing is everything when it comes to breast cancer. Early screening and detection can save a life, and dealing with a diagnosis requires knowing what to expect and when. Susan G. Komen knows all this, and they also know that patient navigator training for breast cancer is the key to improving outcomes in detection and […]

Family Health History Initiative Starter Kit

Family Health History Initiative Starter KitUnderstanding and addressing the health history of a client is the best way of knowing what kind of treatment he or she needs. Digging a little deeper into family health history is even better, especially as part of National Cancer Prevention Month. Your health staff can recommend screenings and referrals based on what kind of conditions patients are genetically predisposed to.

Gathering family health histories can easily be added to any at-home or in-clinic visit. Your staff can fill in a form based on patient responses, or they can give them a worksheet to complete at home.