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NWCPHP Receives over $1.5 Million for Public Health Training

The public health workforce in six northwest states will have increasing opportunities for training because of two grants recently awarded to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the University of Washington School of Public Health. More than $1.5 million per year for the next five years will be used to provide emergency preparedness and workforce development training to the state, local, and tribal public health workers and organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
NWCPHP Receives over $1.5 Million for Public Health Training

Participants at NWCPHP's 2010 Summer Institute for Public Health Practice

September 16, 2010

The public health workforce in six northwest states will have increasing opportunities for training because of two grants recently awarded to the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) at the University of Washington School of Public Health. More than $1.5 million per year for the next five years will be used to provide emergency preparedness and workforce development training to the state, local, and tribal public health workers and organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center

Public health personnel often lack the resources for ongoing training, but the areas under their jurisdiction keep growing. That’s part of the reason why NWCPHP’s recent award to become a Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center for the region comes at a critical time.

“There is a great need to more fully integrate public health preparedness and response into a range of public health activities,” Dr. Ward B. Hulburt, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Alaska’s Division of Public Health, said in support of the grant. “Your activities will build on the foundational work you have already done regionally as a Center for Public Health Preparedness.”

NWCPHP was one of 14 centers within accredited schools of public health to receive funding under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers Program. This grant allows NWCPHP to continue and expand work it did as a Center for Public Health Preparedness from 2000-2010.

“Emergency preparedness continues to be an important concern to public health departments. We are glad that this part of the country was recognized as a priority,” said NWCPHP Director, Dr. Susan Allan.

Over the next five years, NWCPHP will deliver competency-based training designed to increase the public health preparedness capacity of the region. Future emergency preparedness training will be built on a widely-accepted framework of skills and will integrate research findings from several emergency preparedness communication projects.

Public Health Training Center

NWCPHP always strives to promote excellence in public health practice. As a Public Health Training Center since 2000, NWCPHP has provided a wide array of distance and on-site trainings and workforce development activities throughout the region. Now, NWCPHP has received the funding to continue providing these services for the next five years.

“The training methods and topics you offer are continually adapted as new opportunities and workforce needs emerge,” said the Director and State Health Officer of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Dr. Mel Kohn. “We look forward to collaborating.”

As NWCPHP looks to begin its eleventh year as the Northwest Public Health Training Center, it’s obvious that the needs are many. Center activities will include public health training, technical assistance, and program evaluation. New training areas, such as public health accreditation, public health management, and expanded tribal public health activities, will be added to existing programs. The NWCPHP will continue to offer long-standing programs like the Summer Institute for Public Health Practice and the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

NWCPHP is one of 27 schools of public health and other public or non-profit institutions across the country to be designated as a Public Health Training Center, which is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“All of NWCPHP’s trainings are developed and delivered based on the needs of public health practitioners,” said Dr. Allan. “We have a regional advisory group that helps ensure that we provide needed trainings and we look forward to another five years of regional collaboration.”

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