The Midwestern Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) is one of ten regional public health training centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Midwestern Public Health Training Center, covering the four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, helps to improve public health by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce. MPHTC is housed at the University of Iowa College of Public Health with community based training partners at the St. Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice, Wichita State University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. UI has housed a HRSA-funded public health training center since 2001. For the current grant cycle, beginning in the summer of 2018, HRSA identified priority domains for all regional training centers including persuasive communication, systems thinking, and change management. HRSA also identified primary clinical topic areas: mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity.
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
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. Regional Steering Committee 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.