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NWCPHP Awarded Multi-Year Regional Public Health Training Center Grant

NWCPHP was awarded a four-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to serve as one of the nation’s ten Regional Public Health Training Centers.

NWCPHP was awarded a four-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to serve as one of the nation’s ten Regional Public Health Training Centers.

November 5, 2014

Regionally and nationally, the public health practice community continues to identify workforce development as a fundamental need. Succession planning, leadership development, and training new staff about public health principles are topics in high demand.

To address these needs, the Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded NWCPHP a four-year grant to serve as one of the nation’s ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs). The grant will allow NWCPHP's Northwest PHTC to continue supporting public health workforce development in the Northwest as well as assume new training roles.

“NWCPHP was a member of the original PHTC network, founded in 2000. We deeply value the collaborative relationships we’ve built with public health partners over the years and we look forward to continuing that work,” said NWCPHP Director Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH.

The new funding is part of a reorganization that better aligns the PHTCs with the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) ten regions. In addition to the University of Washington, the other regional PHTCs include the University of Arizona, University of Colorado, Emory University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, Tulane University, Boston University, Columbia University, and University of Pittsburg. The National Network of Public Health Institutes will serve as the coordinating center for the new network.

These changes at the federal level bring a new dimension to NWCPHP’s training efforts. Under the new system, NWCPHP’s primary service area is HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The new funding also calls for PHTCs to develop “local performance sites” to help coordinate training activities and better address local needs. In this vein, NWCPHP will build on previous collaborative relationships to establish satellite sites at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Idaho Association of Public Health District Directors, and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board in Oregon.

Though NWCPHP's regional training efforts funded by the PHTC program will focus on Region 10, NWCPHP will continue working with longstanding partners in Montana and Wyoming on workforce development, and collaborating with other organizations across the nation.

“NWCPHP has been regionally oriented since its inception in 1990, serving the workforce development needs of the highly diverse communities in the Northwestern states as well as the tribal nations within this area. This will continue to be a part of our mission,” said Kwan-Gett.

To better coordinate training resources and content expertise, each of the ten PHTCs will specialize in a specific public health content area, with NWCPHP focusing on violence and injury prevention. In addition to this topic area, NWCPHP will continue to develop training resources on accreditation, health equity, improving consumer health, and other new or re-emerging issues.

NWCPHP will use the next four years to conduct training needs assessments in coordination with the national network, harmonize content area programming with other PHTCs, and help develop and implement training and training plans throughout the region.

Said Kwan-Gett, “We will continue our history of leadership within the PHTC community to engage the regional and national networks and support cutting-edge public health workforce training.”

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