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 www.publichealthtrainingcenters.org 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
- 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.
- 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