Classroom Trainings


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Recent Classroom Trainings:

Professional Development Workshop Series: Essential Skills for the Public Health Workforce

January 21st - April 29th, 2014
Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm
3108 Etcheverry, University of California at Berkeley

The Professional Development Workshop Series is designed to introduce students and public health professionals to specialized competencies needed in the public health workplace. These skills-based workshops complement the core curriculum of the School of Public Health and are selected based on the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, as well as through regular feedback from public health practitioners, faculty and students. Workshop facilitators include consultants, UC Berkeley faculty, and public health practitioners with expertise in the topic areas. This course is open to all graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Public Health - you need not be enrolled to attend! Public health professionals are encouraged to participate for a small fee - please see information below.

Want to enhance your skills in a specific core competency such as communication or leadership? Complete one of the workshop modules and earn a certificate of participation!


  • Single workshop: $25
  • Three or more workshops: $20 each
  • Two or more individuals from an organization: $20 per person
  • UC Berkeley School of Public Health students: Free
  • UC Berkeley staff and faculty: $15

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Preliminary Agenda

Communication Module

1/21/14 - Successfully Working in Teams

Speaker: Brett Penfil, MFT, MPH is the Director of Coaching of the Center for the Health Professions, University of California, San Francisco. Brett combines her background in public health with her skills as a coach, organizational consultant and psychotherapist to support health care professionals in developing their leadership skills. Brett received her master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her master's degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a certified integral coach.

Virtually all organizations utilize teams—from a short-term project team to a standing committee—to accomplish work. Most professionals, however, are not expressly trained in team development nor are they taught how to identify or improve their own team participation skills. Understanding how teams work and how you work in teams not only improves your work life, but also makes you an asset to any organization.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use the Goals-Roles-Processes-Interpersonal model to improve the functioning of a team
  • Understand your personal strengths and areas for improvement as a team member

1/28/14 - SpeechSkills: Projecting Credibility and Confidence 

Speaker: Cara Hale Alter, Founding Partner & President, SpeechSkills. For the past 10 years, Cara has taught workshops in "Projecting Credibility and Confidence" to thousands of individuals and companies throughout the USA and Europe. With a BA in Speech Communication and an MFA in Theatre, she has worked professionally as a voice-over actress and has won national awards for public speaking. Cara is a popular instructor at Stanford and UC Berkeley and a proud member of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners).


After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Develop and improve public speaking skills for use in presentations and the work place
  • Project the image of credibility and confidence in order to raise presentation effectiveness

2/04/14 - Project Management

Speaker: Jeff Oxendine, MBA, MPH, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Center for Public Health Practice. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he served in senior administrative positions leading hospitals and medical groups including Partners Healthcare System, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group, and Alta Bates Medical Center. He has been an executive, educator, and consultant in healthcare for 28 years with extensive project management expertise.


After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use various organizational and leadership skills to effectively manage a project
  • Determine success of a project through specific guidelines and analysis

2/18/14 - Principles of Professional Communication

Speaker: Caroline Cole, Ph.D., Consultant, Founder/Seminar Facilitator at Ethos Professional Communication, Caroline Cole received her doctorate in the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana. In addition to having taught business writing courses since 1989, Cole has taught courses in technical writing and desktop publishing and has led professional writing workshops in both university and industry settings. As a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, she teaches writing courses for the College Writing Programs and the Walter A. Haas School of Business.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand how the context, audience, and purpose can alter a text's creation and reception
  • Examine strategies for anticipating, considering and responding to an audience's questions and concerns so as to generate audience-sensitive texts  


2/25/14 - Multicultural Communication in the Workplace: "What does Culture have to do with it?"

Speaker:  Dawna Vann, Community Wellness and Prevention Program, Contra Costa Health Services. One way for us to work more effectively with diverse communities and each other, is to first identify and appreciate our own cultural lenses/perspectives. 

At this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Identify and appreciate our own cultural lenses and perspectives
  • Use self-reflection exercises to identify how culture and diversity informs our thoughts, language and actions
  • Understand cultural mapping
  • Discuss cultural perceptions, judgments and stereotypes 


Program Analytics: Data and Financial Module

3/04/14 - Health Care Panel: Financial Management in Difficult Times


Alex Briscoe, Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services






Wendel Brunner, PhD, M.D., Director of Public Health, Contra Costa Health Services.





Ralph Silber


Ralph Silber, MPH, Executive Director, Alameda Health Consortium.



This workshop presents an opportunity to hear from San Francisco Bay Area leaders in the field of public health on the challenges facing all public health professionals in regards to budget, staffing issues, and how to set priorities.


3/11/14 - Large Data Sets: Innovative Uses and Why It Matters

Speaker: Deryk Van Brunt, Associate Clinical Professor, President and CEO of the Healthy Communities Institute, teaches Health Informatics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and conducts research in the area of community health information systems. Dr. Van Brunt has extensive experience in overseeing the creation, development and evaluation of clinical and patient-centered information systems implemented in over 500 hospitals and healthcare institutions and understands the crucial ins and outs of informative data sets.


Since large data sets are common in the field of public health and are often difficult to interpret and present, this workshop seeks to:

  • Introduce and demonstrate the benefits of Dashboard in the breakdown analysis of large data sets to yield presentable results to attendees
  • Walkthrough a step-by-step analysis of how data can drive evidenced-based program focus
  • The result of this session will lead into application of Program Evaluation

3/18/14  Introduction to Program Evaluation

Speaker: Yelena Nedelko Meisel, MPH, Director of Consulting Services, Healthy Communities Institute. As Director of Consulting Services at Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), Ms. Meisel works with Hospitals and Health Departments throughout the nation, guiding them through the community health needs assessments process, developing implementation strategies, and providing technical assistance to organizations seeking to improve health in their communities. Prior to joining HCI, Ms. Meisel worked in mental health, education, legal advocacy and aided several nonprofits with planning, implementation and evaluation.

We all want our health programs to succeed, but how will you know whether or not your programs are achieving the results you intended? This workshop is designed to introduce you to some practical tools and techniques to measure and understand your impact in the community.

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the difference between two main types of evaluation: Process and Impact
  • Write sample program objectives in SMART format
  • Analyze sample program results and present findings in a meaningful way
  • Learn how to calculate and evaluate efficient use of program resources

4/01/14 - Introduction to Grant Writing

Speaker: Melanie Wise, expert consultant and principal at WiseExposition. Through her consulting firm WiseExposition, Melanie has spent more than a decade solving the communications challenges of organizations big and small, including Catholic Charities, County of Alameda, Google, Hewlett-Packard, UCSF, and many more through multiple solutions including grant writing services, communications materials, and training programs that make her an expert in the necessary field of grant writing in public health. In addition to her consulting work, Melanie teaches communications classes at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and UC Berkeley's Center for Organizational & Workforce Effectiveness (COrWE).

 This two-hour presentation will provide an introduction to the world of grant writing, Q&A, and networking. Topics include the following:

  • An overview of the funding process
  • How grant writing fits into an organization's development plan
  • What foundations are looking for in a grant proposal

Leadership Module

4/08/14 - Leading from Where You Are

Speaker: Ellie Schindelman, MPH, Coach and Consultant at Envision Coaching & Consulting, served as lecturer and Education Director for the School of Public Health’s Center for Health Leadership before transitioning to her “third act” as coach and consultant. Ellie has extensive experience coaching and training both individuals and organizations, and focuses on organizational & leadership development, working in teams, career exploration, and supporting people to dream and envision new possibilities for their futures.

This workshop explores the potential for all of us to be leaders, and will assist participants in identifying how they can engage their passions and talents to make a difference in the world with a wide variety of leadership styles, practices and roles.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Assess their key strengths, specifically within “emotional intelligence” competencies
  • Explore the six leadership styles and look at which styles are most natural for them
  • Identify how they can develop their leadership potential throughout their lives/careers
  • Consider how they can become effective leaders through developing their authentic selves


4/15/14 - Leading Change Management

Speaker: Nancy Friedman, Founder and Principal of Next Step Coaching and Consulting, is an experienced leadership development consultant, facilitator and executive coach adept at helping individuals and teams improve their performance, adapt to rapidly changing environment, improve team work and communication. Nancy's years of experience leading strategic and business planning gives her a real world perspective that she shares with her clients.

Managing change is one of the most challenging aspects of leadership and it is an essential skill given the rapidly changing environment in which we all work. This session will provide a framework for change management and provide techniques for leading others through change. 

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • The most effective ways to lead others through change
  • How to overcome barriers, obstacles and resistance to change
  • The best practices for communication to lead change
  • The importance of measuring and sustaining change


4/22/14 - Keys to Positive Supervision

Speaker: Julie Brown, MPH, MBA, is the Principal of Julie M. Brown and Associates, a management consulting firm established in 1997. Julie uses her expertise as a former hospital CEO to help clients create thriving work environments in which employees are engaged, and systems and processes are effective, efficient, and productive.



Learning Objectives:

  • Identify characteristics associated with highly effective supervision
  • Identify key accountabilities and challenges common to supervision
  • Provide an overview on some of the more common elements of supervision, including hiring, coaching and discipline


4/29/14 - Innovations in Problem Solving

Speaker: Clark Kellogg, Principal of Communications and Sustainability, is a partner in the innovation consultancy, Collective Invention, Innovation for the Common Good® who also teaches innovation and design thinking at UC Berkeley in the Haas School of Business and the Information School. Clark focuses his work around hybrid uses of design strategy in communication, new media, organizational leadership, and facility design and planning. Recognizing that great leaders, teams, and organizations choose to live in a powerful story, Clark has developed a highly innovative methodology for helping people build and tell seductive and compelling stories as a means of building identity and accomplishing goals.

This two hour session will provide an overview to these methodologies. After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the process of creative problem framing and solving: 1) Identify and frame the problem, and 2) Identify alternative solutions
  • Learn five primary skills: observing; generating insights; diverging and converging; storytelling; and iterating/experimenting, or rapid prototyping


Evidence-Informed, Culture-Based Interventions and Best Health Practices in Native Communities
with R. Dale Walker, MD, and Patricia Silk Walker, PhD

Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
5101 Tolman Hall, UC Berkeley

One Sky Center


The California Pacific Public Health Training Center (CALPACT) and the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues proudly presented the lecture with R. Dale Walker and Patricia Silk Walker, "Evidence-Informed Culture-Based Interventions and Best Practices for Native Communities." 

Dale Walker

R. Dale Walker, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University, and Director of the One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian Health, Education and Research. Dr Walker, who grew up in a rural area near Claremore, Oklahoma, is Cherokee. In 2010, he was named 40th President of the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), and has twice - 1989 and 2009 - received their Physician of the Year Award for outstanding service to American Indians. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, with residency training in Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine in San Diego where he was Chief Resident. His career includes over 50 funded research grants and well over 100 publications related to substance abuse and mental health issues in Indian Country. His research has focused upon health services, treatment effectiveness, best practices, culture's role in treatment and social determinants.


Patricia WalkerPatricia Silk Walker, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University. She works with the One Sky Center, a National Resource Center for American Indian Health, Education and Research. Dr. Silk Walker is Cherokee, from the Bird and Long Hair Clans of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. She grew up near Tahlequah, Oklahoma in a community established by the "Old Settler" Cherokees prior to the Trail of Tears marches from the SE United States.  Dr. Silk Walker is educated as a nurse and epidemiologist, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, Masters Degree from Wayne State University and Doctorate in nursing and epidemiology from the University of Washington.  She taught undergraduate and master's level clinical nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing before turning her focus to research with the American Indian community. Her research interests are mental health and substance use issues of American Indian/Alaska Native women and children.  



21st Century New Media Training Series:
Create. Connect. Collaborate: New Media Best Practices

Twitter. Facebook. Blogs. Videos. mHealth. New media is all around us! Increasingly, public health and healthcare professionals are seeking to make sense of how best to use these innovative communication tools and technologies to support and enhance their work. In the latest 21st Century New Media Training Series, "Create, Connect, Collaborate: New Media Best Practices" learn how public health, healthcare, and non-profit organizations are successfully using these tools as they share best practices, practical tips and insights learned.


Online Trainings in the Series:

Click here to view the online trainings in the Series.

Classroom Trainings in the Series:

Video for Health Best Practices: Workshop - 04/17/2013

If a picture is worth a thousand words, well, then video must be... When it comes to communication, video has the power to articulate your organization's vision, promote your programs and initiatives, move people to action, and show them things that few other mediums can do in quite the same way. In this workshop, Mike Lawson from Diabetes Hands Foundation, and Gary Oliver and Diane Woloshin from the Alameda County Public Health Department shared their best practices for using video to strategically advance diverse advocacy, health promotion, and health education goals.

View the Diabetes Hands Foundation presentation; the Alameda County Public Health Department's Soda Free Summer Campaign presentation; the Video Checklist; and the Video for Health Resources!


How to Make Your Website More Engaging: Workshop - 05/14/2013

Your website is the "front door" and primary identity of your organization. It can play a vital role in communicating both within and outside the world of your core constituents and supporters to educate and inform, build goodwill, raise funds, and bring people together. In this workshop, Laura Shapiro of Global Fund for Women and Alex Bernardin of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation shared best practices for ensuring people not only cross your online threshold and stay awhile, but also strategies for how to deepen visitor engagement and motivate them to take action.

View the presentations and resources from this workshop here:

  • How to Make Your Website More Engaging: Presentation
  • Website Features to Increase Engagement: Handout
  • Key Performance Indicators to Help Measure Engagement: Handout
  • Resources for Understanding Key Performance Indicators: Handout
  • Social Media Usage by Channel: Handout
  • Engagement Features in Non Profit Websites: Handout


Mobile Technology in Public Health: Workshop - 06/12/2013

Imagine if you could create a tool that empowers young adults to prevent violence in real time ... or a tool that empowers public health and disaster response workers working with the information they need to communicate reliably with headquarters, community leaders, and one another to deliver critical services to hard to reach, vulnerable populations. mHealth (mobile technologies for health) has emerged as an innovative means to do these very things and shape how public health is practiced. Join Deb Levine of Youth + Tech + Health (YTH) and Caricia Catalani of Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases, and Disasters (InSTEDD) as they share best practices for using mobile technology in public health.

View the presentations from this workshop here:

  • Caricia Catalani / Mobile Health Technology for HIV Treatment and Prevention: Presentation
  • Deb Levine / Mobile Technology for Public Health: Focus on Youth and Sexual Health: Presentation




American Indian Health Policy and Health Disparities

Presented by Dr. Donald Warne
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Brower Center, Tamalpias Room, Berkeley, CA


At this event:

Dr. Donald Warne presented on health disparities and the public health needs of Native Americans.

About the Speaker:

Donald Warne, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University, and he serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board. In addition, he is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law where he teaches American Indian Health Policy. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his MD from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University in 2002.

Watch the video from this wonderful event! Many thanks to Stu Sweetow and the wonderful production team at Audio Visual Consultants for their quality work on this and many of our other video trainings. 


Mastering Workplace Performance & Productivity

Presented by Jason Womack
January 31, 2013, 9:00am - 3:45pm

At this training:

Participants learned what top performers know, do and say about professional productivity and effective leadership. They learned strategies for how to organize their ideas, projects and tasks and how to prioritize meetings, emails and professional goals. Participants also practiced specific time and action management strategies they could implement immediately at their workplace and with their team.


  • Reduce the stress of input overwhelm (too many meetings, too many emails, too much to do)
  • Understand and apply current time and action management techniques to projects, tasks, teams
  • Learn and practice effective learning and communication processes to workplace performance
  • Save time through the application of the MWP techniques of "front-side" workflow processing
  • Clarify, organize and manage all tasks and projects when they show up, and as they change.

Effective organization and time management techniques help people achieve their objectives. Understanding the fundamentals of workflow and the principles of human performance enable participants with the tools and the processes to get more of their work done, on time, with fewer resources and with less stress. The focus of this course was on managing the myriad of details that go into a effective work day and a successful professional career.

For more resources from Jason, please click here.

About the Speaker:

Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA, provides practical methods to maximize tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. He has worked with leaders and executives for over 16 years in the business and education sectors. His focus is on creating ideas that matter and implementing solutions that are valuable to organizations and the individuals in those organizations.

Author of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, Jason shows that working longer hours doesn't make up for a flawed approach to productivity and performance. Leaders need to clarify their habits, build mindset-based strategies, and be proactive. Womack's signature workplace performance techniques offer specific strategies to consistently and incrementally improve performance. Click here for more information about the speaker.