College of Public Health students graduating
Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center


Public Health Training Centers Network

The Health Resources and Services Administration funded Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) are partnerships between accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations. The PHTC Network improves the Nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competence of current and future public health professionals. Public Health Training Centers assess the learning needs of the public health workforce, provide accessible training, and work with organizations to meet other strategic planning, education, and resource needs.  Go to to learn more.

Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center

The Kentucky and Appalachia Public Public Health Training Center (KAPHTC) coordinates training programs for public health practitioners in Kentucky and the Appalachian region. The purpose of our work is to strengthen skills and improve public health practice. The Essential Public Health Services and core public health competencies serve as a development and training framework for current and future activities. Training opportunities will strengthen skills in:

  • Analytic Assessment
  • Policy Development and Program Planning
  • Communication
  • Cultural Competency
  • Community Dimensions of Practice
  • Basic Public Health Sciences
  • Financial Planning and Management
  • Leadership and Systems Thinking


The primary mission of the KAPHTC is to expand partnerships and critical linkages among state and local practice, academic partners in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the Central Appalachian region to provide improved access to education and training for the current and future public health workforce.

Key Activities

  • Conduct Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment
  • Develop and facilitate Accreditation related activities and trainings with specific emphasis on strategic planning, community health assessments and community health improvement plans
  • Develop, design, and deliver training programs and workshops
  • Create field placement opportunities for public health students in medically underserved areas
  • Work with public health organizations to meet education and resource needs

The workforce in underserved areas is frequently called on to expand its established responsibilities and duties, as the resources are scarce, to include more traditional public health knowledge and skills. Increasing the number and the competency of local public health workers to serve all sectors of the population is consistent with existing demands to address workforce supply issues and the quality of current and future personnel. The KAPHTC will use its resources and continue to expand partnerships to improve access to online programming, certification programs, and critical web-based data, information, and research in order to improve the health outcomes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Impact on Public Health Workforce

The KAPHTC is developing a statewide strategy for public health workforce development, which includes increasing diversity in the workforce, providing trans-disciplinary practical experiences, and meeting the training needs of the public health workforce.  Many public health organizations in the target population have agreed to utilize the activities of the KAPHTC and to support the development and promote course offerings. The KAPHTC provides training in a variety of distance learning formats to ensure accessibility to learners with different needs and those in remote underserved areas. Public health workers drawn from the target audience serve on committees to provide guidance for strategy and course development. The KAPHTC has completed a statewide Public Health workforce training needs assessment, provided opportunities and funding for students to obtain field experiences in medically underserved areas, and developed trainings for the workforce to meet immediate needs, such as strategic and succession planning, and community health assessment and improvement planning.