Trainings Available

Nutrition Trainings

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Module

This training module is for health care professionals, health care administrators, and students interested in protecting, supporting, and promoting breastfeeding in accordance with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and Texas Ten Step Program.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Module will help you:

1. Summarize the benefits of early and exclusive breastfeeding for mother and baby.
2. Examine the anatomy and physiology of lactation.
3. Analyze the role of the baby in milk production.
4. Given a case study, assess how to make your practice or birth facility more breastfeeding friendly.
5. Propose labor and delivery practices that support breastfeeding.
6. Recommend a breastfeeding position that is often used following a cesarean delivery.
7. Evaluate effective latch.
8. Analyze contraindications to breastfeeding.
9. Determine how to promote patient-centered communication about breastfeeding.
10. Given a case study, develop a collaborative health-care plan.
11. Summarize the benefits and risks of different infant feeding methods.
12. Employ recommendations to support breastfeeding after a mother returns to the workplace.

Access the free breastfeeding module here.


Physical Activity Trainings

Your Health Matters: Growing Active and Healthy Communities

In coordination with UTSPH Brownsville, the Obesity Prevention Program created a training called Your Health Matters: Growing Active and Healthy Communities available in English and Spanish, for training community health workers (also referred to as promotores(as). This training gives participants an understanding of the growing obesity epidemic and why regular physical activity and healthy eating are important for a healthy lifestyle.  It educates them on evidence-based policy improvements, systems, and environmental changes to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Participants gain knowledge and skills to identify and analyze policy, systems and environmental barriers in their community that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle and to identify evidence-based strategies to address them. Participants also practice skills to engage community partners, prioritize approaches and develop an action plan to support activities that create opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in their communities. The curriculum uses videos and multiple activities to help participants learn.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

9.0* for Community Health Workers (CHWs) certified by DSHS; 12.0* for CHW instructors certified by DSHS. If you are interested in organizing or hosting a training on this curriculum, please contact:

Dr. Belinda Reininger 
The University of Texas Health Science Center 
School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus