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Mission of KAPHTC: The primary mission of the Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center (KAPHTC) is to expand partnerships and critical linkages among state, local practice, and 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.
Field Work Stipends Available: One of the goals of the KAPHTC is to provide and promote public health field work in underserved areas of Kentucky and Appalachia. Please note a VERY limited number of stipends of $3,000.00 are available through the KAPHTC grant. Only those applications that meet ALL requirements and criteria for eligibility will be considered.
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate or professional program with a strong emphasis in public health* at Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, or Western Kentucky University. In addition, the stipend must be used to support a program approved, for-credit public health field experience (i.e., practicum; rural health rotation/block; service learning project; capstone, thesis, or dissertation research, etc.) in a public or nonprofit private health agency or organization located in a medically underserved area or population** (MUA/P) and/or health professional shortage area** (HPSA) in Kentucky (see map of qualifying areas).
Requests for stipend support must fully document that alternative sources of financial support for such stipends are not available, and that cooperative agreement funds would not be used to supplant other available funds. Each student receiving stipend support must be a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen U.S. national, or a foreign national having in his or her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.*** Direct financial assistance to students may not be received concurrently with any other Federal education award for this specific field experience (with the exception of federal student loans).
Site eligibility will be determined by the KAPHTC Advisory Committee (see Map of eligible areas). Students will work with their Graduate program’s course coordinator or faculty advisor to determine and approve field work site location and scope of work. Students must follow all course requirements, as set forth by their Graduate program. Additional reporting may be required for the KAPHTC.
*If applicant’s program is not housed within a college or department of public health, then the applicant’s eligibility will be determined by the KAPHTC advisory committee.
**As defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
***As required by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The KAPHTC is funded by HRSA.
Map of Eligible Areas (subject to change):
Application and Selection Process: Applications may be accepted at any time. Applications will be reviewed by the KAPHTC Advisory Committee and stipends will be awarded based on the merit of the applicant’s personal statement, past experience, and description of:
- Goals and objectives of the field experience, specifically relating to how your work will affect MUA/Ps or HPSAs,
- Impact of the field experience on the MUA/Ps or HPSAs in the community you are serving,
- Contributions of experience to student’s professional and personal development, and
- Explanation about how the stipend funds will be used toward your field work experience.
Selected applicants will receive a stipend of $3,000.00. The stipend will be awarded in one lump sum and must be used to support the student’s field work (e.g. travel, living expenses, materials related to field work) in a MUA/P and/or HPSA in Kentucky. It can also be used to offset expenses associated with the implementation, evaluation, and/or dissemination of projects or products created as a result of field work. Duration of field experience will be determined by your Graduate program’s requirements. Stipend funds cannot be used toward tuition payments. Before submitting the application, the student must request their course coordinator or faculty advisor’s approval.
The KAPHTC Advisory Committee will score the application on the following criteria: the application exhibits specific learning objectives aimed at MUA/Ps or HPSAs and, if achieved, the objectives will have a significant impact on the MUA/Ps or HPSAs; the applicant will work within a MUA/P or HPSA and describe how he/she will have a high level of interaction with the community members and and/or community partners; the applicant’s intentions to use the field work experience to develop both personally and professionally are described; the outcomes of the field work experience show a potential contribution to the enhancement of the public health system in medically underserved communities; and overall, the application is well organized and meets all eligibility requirements.
A narrative report will be due within one month of the completion of your field work that describes your experience (what projects or tasks you worked on or completed in order to fulfill your KAPHTC learning objectives), the population(s) served, what you learned from the overall experience, and how your stipend funds were used. This report is to be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Additional reporting or documentation may also be required for the KAPHTC.
Contact Michelle Lineberry for more information.
Student Field Work Stipend Application Form
Please take a few minutes to complete this profile. For all experiential trainings, the Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center (KAPHTC) requests your information to help us secure continued federal funding. Participant information is crucial for our reports to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the Department for Health and Human Services. No personally identifiable information is included in grant reports. HRSA will use this information for program evaluation purposes only. The information provided is kept strictly confidential.