The Public Health Learning Network Introduces a New Era of Public Health Training
WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2016 — To ensure the nation’s 500,000 public health professionals can respond rapidly to critical and ever-evolving needs, the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT) has partnered with the Midwestern Public Health Training Center along with the nation’s nine additional Regional Public Health Training Centers (RPHTCs) and 40 local performance sites (LPS) to develop a unified, national network—the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN).
Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the PHLN is the nation’s most comprehensive system of public health educators, experts, and thought leaders. The growing network aims to:
- Advance public health practice by enabling the sharing of best practices among Public Health Training Centers across the U.S.
- Improve population health in the United States through skills-based training and ongoing research in communities across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. territories.
- Offer high quality, free, adaptable, and easy-to-access training tools available online and in-person.
What is distinct about the PHLN is its long-standing relationship with learners and partner organizations within communities, coupled with a national presence that offers cohesive and rigorous development and delivery of education and knowledge sharing across the country. For more information, visit nnphi.org/phln .
About the National Network of Public Health Institutes:
As the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is a collaborative leader and facilitator of the PHLN. To build healthy communities, NNPHI supports the public health workforce, promotes collaboration across sectors, and drives the field towards cutting-edge research and practice. The Public Health Learning Network is supported by HRSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under HRSA-UB6HP27435.
MPHTC’s purpose is to ensure the current and future public health workforce has the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the ongoing public health challenges of the 21st century. MPHTC is committed to working with its academic and practice partners across the region to create a culture of training and build sustainability in a dynamic environment that faces economic and workforce challenges.
Vision and Impact
The MPHTC’s work includes continually assessing the training needs of the public health workforce; developing education and training programs to meet identified needs; implementing student-faculty collaborative projects and field placements with an emphasis on medically underserved populations, and; implementing evaluation systems to ensure continuous quality improvement and impact.
MPHTC is committed to working with its academic and practice partners across the region to create a culture of training and build sustainability in a dynamic environment that faces economic and workforce challenges.
MPHTC is led by a regional steering committee comprised of members from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska . Additionally, the Regional Steering Committee ensures that the region’s training opportunities provide timely, integrated, and quality content appropriate to their broad set of stakeholders, resulting in a well-trained workforce.