Web Sites of Interest Distance Learning for Health Care Professionals
The Public Health Foundation offers www.TrainingFinder.org,
an online distance learning clearinghouse that public health professionals
of all disciplines can use to conduct free searches for distance learning
course listings. Since its launch in May 2000, TrainingFinder.org has
been the nation's only free, centralized web site to find and publicize
distance learning courses in public health.
The site is designed to provide information to assess and meet the development
needs of the public health workforce and to advance state-of-the-art training and the use of public health competencies. Subject areas reflect
both the 10 "Essential Public Health Services" and many Healthy People
2010 focus areas.
Users can search the site's listings by subject area, target audience,
credit type, keyword, or a combination of fields. Detailed listings
describe the course content, format, cost, and contact information;
users contact the course sponsor directly for information, registration
Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. http://cancercontrolplanet.cancer.gov
The National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with the American Cancer
Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, sponsors Cancer Control
P.L.A.N.E.T., a Web portal for cancer control planners, program staff, and
Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. (Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based
Tools) features information about evidence-based resources and products
designed to help users move research into practice and address public
health issues across the cancer control continuum.
The site, launched in April 2003, includes links to cancer data, risk
factor statistics, partners in comprehensive cancer control in every
U.S. state, evidence-based intervention approaches, and research-tested
programs and products.
Community Tool Box
The core of the Tool Box is the "how-to-tools." These how-to sections
use simple, friendly language to explain how to do the different tasks
necessary for community health and development.
Sections include topics such as leadership, strategic planning, community
assessment, advocacy, grant writing, and evaluation. Each section includes
a description of the tasks, the advantages of doing it, step-by-step
guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials.
There also is a troubleshooting guide and a community grant application
that provides support in preparing requests for funders.