Tanya has been involved with us since we were originally funded by HRSA in 2001! She says that although the states and practice partners involved in the training center have evolved over time, the goal of the training center is still fundamentally the same: ensuring the current and future public health workforce has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet ongoing public health challenges. Tanya believes that the value of MPHTC revolves around the wide variety of local, state, regional, and national partnerships that have been built. These partnerships have resulted in workforce development needs assessments, training program development and delivery, field placements, and technical support (such as for agencies seeking PHAB accreditation). By working together and leveraging partnerships, we are able to share resources and trainings across the region and have a greater impact than any one entity could have just on its own.
Furthermore, MPHTC and its partners have a significant impact across the region. During its last four-year funding period, MPHTC and its partners sponsored or co-sponsored more than 200 unique education and training offerings via in-person, distance-based, and/or blended learning formats with more than 92,000 course completers. Additionally, during this same period, MPHTC funded more than 80 field placements across the region, with an emphasis on placing students in rural areas or with organizations which serve medically underserved populations. Projects were completed with a range of agencies including local and state public health departments, non-profit organizations, and hospitals.
Tanya brought up a saying during the interview: “when public health works, it’s invisible”. Unfortunately, the work of individuals on the frontlines of public health who work each day to promote health and prevent disease are taken for granted or overlooked. In her words, her dream for public health is that “someday everyone will understand the importance of public health and invest not only in public health interventions and programming but also in building the capacity of its current and future workforce”. We totally agree!
Thank you for all you do, Tanya.