PH101 Dialogue Series

We are pleased to share our PH 101 dialogue series materials with you. In addition to tools and resources for the topics that we cover, we have also included our facilitator’s training guide. We encourage the reproduction of these materials, but ask that you credit Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and individuals who developed the modules.

In 2007, Alameda County Public Health Department began developing PH101 training series for all staff. ACPHD wanted to:

  • Ensure that all staff have an understanding of the past, present and future of Public Health
  • Prepare ACPHD staff to address ongoing challenges
  • Ensure that ACPHD staff have common language and understanding of the issues Public Health is facing
  • Engage all ACPHD staff in developing strategies to address health inequities
  • Continue improving the quality of services provided to Alameda County residents

While these modules have been helpful in creating opportunities for dialogue and shared learning opportunities in the Alameda County Public Health Department, we encourage those reviewing our materials to adapt and tailor the curriculum to your needs and locality. This would include using your local data and situations to illustrate the ideas and concepts that fit into your curriculum. Additionally, we advise creating a diverse planning team to review our materials and modules.

Our facilitation approach draws on Paolo Freire’s theory of popular education. Therefore, these modules are interactive and attempt to bring forth the life experiences of our staff participants for a more enriching learning experience. The materials include our main talking points that can help guide discussions. Please note, however, each ACPHD PH101 training session has been unique in composition, with different facilitators and staff participants. It has been our experience that each dialogue is distinctively shaped by individuals with diverse life experiences and perspectives. This has meant that discussions vary from group to group.

One of our major recommendations for replication is that as you adapt our training materials; concurrent attention must be paid to building capacity and experience of facilitators. These facilitators will need experience and support in having challenging, sometimes difficult conversations about health and social equity, the isms, oppressions and the historical legacy and present day racism.

For an overview of the modules and some lessons learned, please see our PH 101 presentation: Building a Public Health Workforce to Address Health Inequities and the Social Determinants of Health.

  • Module I: Public Health History, Public Health System, Core Functions and 10 Essential Services
  • Module II: Cultural Competency & Cultural Humility
  • Module III: Undoing Racism
  • Module IV: Social & Health Equity
  • Module V: Community Capacity Building
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