PHACT is a free, video-based public health curriculum that aims to educate youth participants on the public health issues that impact New Mexico communities the most. PHACT is free of charge to all participants, always.
PHACT covers five main topic areas, called modules, through the audiovisual format. The five modules are: health equity and public health careers, chronic disease prevention, emotional and mental well-being, first-aid and CPR, and disaster preparedness. At the end of each module there is an action step. The action step is meant to create an opportunity for you to further increase your knowledge of public health by taking the information you learned and using it. We encourage you to get involved in your own community and to please share these experiences with us on our Facebook page
Instructions for creating your account
Instructions for registering for the PHACT courseOnce you have registered for a Moodle account:
Written scripts are available on the UNM HSC Moodle for those who would like to read the content rather than watch it.
PHACT DVD’s are available upon request and free of charge for teachers, mentors, or other adults who would like to show PHACT to a group of participants. If you are an adult who is interested in leading a group of students through the PHACT curriculum please contact us for more information.
Our target audience is male and female youth, ages 13-19, from all communities, economic backgrounds, races and ethnicities. However, we encourage adults interested in learning more about public health to view as well.
Participants who complete the program will receive a PHACT Ambassador Achievement Award from the University of New Mexico. Participants are encouraged to include their participation in the PHACT program on resumes and job and college applications.
In 2013, the ABQ-UNM Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit and the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine were awarded an MRC Challenge Award through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The 2013-14 NACCHO MRC Challenge Awards aimed to focus innovation towards areas aligned with national health initiatives significant at the local level. Drawing from the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy, and the strategic plans of other partner organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), NACCHO challenged units to address their community needs in an innovative way. The PHACT proposal aimed to address the public health crisis in New Mexico by educating youth on the very issues that plague our state the most. Through awareness, education, and encouragement, New Mexico’s youth can take informed action in their own lives and communities, making change for the better.
NACCHO received over 200 applications and issued 29 MRC Challenge Awards for $20,000 each. To learn more about the MRC Challenge Award and winners, please visit http://mrcnaccho.org/
In 2014, ABQ-UNM MRC and the UNM Center for Disaster Medicine were awarded a second NACCHO MRC Challenge Award to expand PHACT. This additional $15,000 in funding will go towards translating the curriculum into Spanish.
Funding for PHACT is made possible by the National Association of City and County Health Officials, in partnership with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, and the University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine.
2013-2014 ABQ-UNM MRC Challenge Award page
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