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Course details


Topic(s): Cross-Cutting - Leadership, Program design/implementation
Format: online
CEU Credits: 1.0 Hours
Contact: Safe States Alliance (770) 690-9000

The Managing Complexity in Public Health: An Approach to Adaptive & Collaborative Learning self-study discusses and demonstrates how adaptive and collaborative learning can help peers and colleagues to respond to complex issues and situations often encountered in public health. The self-study provides an overview of adaptive and collaborative learning, discusses differences between technical and adaptive challenges and approaches, and then describes and provides a simulated demonstration of how an adaptive, collaborative learning approach can be applied through a specific and structured small group process.


This 1.0 hour self-study training is comprised of eight short modules, two practitioner testimonials, and multiple resources, including:


-Overview of Adaptive & Collaborative Learning

-Action Learning Process

-Action Learning Demo – Problem Identification

-Action Learning Demo – Fly on the Wall

-Action Learning Demo – Program Holder Reflection

-Action Learning Demo – Group Reflection

-Key Take Aways & Resources



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 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours, and (2) for professionals with a Certificate of Public Health (CPH) to receive 1.0 CPH Recertification Credits.
The self-study training is an initiative of the Safe States Alliance and CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.



Learning Objectives:

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

— Learn about adaptive and collaborative learning

— Understand the differences between technical and adaptive challenges

— Understand the key steps of a small group process that applies adaptive, collaborative learning strategies

— Learn how adaptive, collaborative learning can help peers/colleagues to think reflectively and reflexively about a problem or issue, ask thoughtful questions, help reframe a problem, and challenge taken-for-granted assumptions



L. Shakiyla Smith, CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Demonstration actors from CDC/NCIPC: Ted Castellanos, Jamie Mells, Sally Thigpen, and Natalie Wilkins


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)

Time/Length: 1.0 Hours
Additional Registration Required: no
Core Competencies: Injury & Violence Prevention:
5. Ability to BUILD and MANAGE an injury and/or violence prevention program

Public Health:
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

CHES Areas of Responsibility: Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
CPH Core Areas: Environmental Health Sciences
CPH Cross-Cutting Areas Leadership