177361 Improving the public health workforce in California, Hawaii, Utah, and Nevada: Training initiatives of the Pacific Public Health Training Center (PPHTC)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 1:30 PM

Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH , Center for Public Health and Disasters, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Rachel Flores, BA , School of Public Health, Dept. of Community Health Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Robert L. Seidman, PhD , San Diego State University, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Jeff Oxendine, MPH, MBA , School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Jesse C. Bliss, MPH , School of Public Health Department of Environmental and Occupational Health/ Office of Public Health Practice, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Valerie Yontz, RN, MPH, PhD , Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
The Pacific Public Health Training Center (PPHTC), a member of the HRSA-funded national Public Health Training Center program, is a collaboration of the four accredited Schools of Public Health in California (UCLA, UC Berkeley, Loma Linda University, and San Diego State University) and the University of Hawaii's Office of Public Health Studies. The primary mission of the PPHTC is to develop and maintain a skilled public health workforce in several Western states to support and enhance individual and community health. The Center collaborates with many strategic partners to provide training that is innovative and effective, and encompasses several different delivery modalities.

The PPHTC has faced many challenges during its eight years of operation, including providing training over a huge geographic area to professionals who deal with diverse populations that face distinct health issues and problems. Originally authorized to cover California, Hawaii, and the U.S. Associated Pacific Islands, its target area was expanded recently to include Utah and Nevada. The Center has worked closely with state and local health departments, community-based organizations, professional health associations, and other agencies and organizations to identify high priority needs and deliver effective training programs.

This presentation describes the history and operation of the PPHTC, the different topics covered and training modalities used, and the development of working relationships with our strategic partners, focusing on how these relationships leverage the limited resources available to provide training. There is also a discussion of short-term vs. long-term evaluation to determine the effectiveness of these training activities.

Learning Objectives:
1. List the opportunities and challenges for training public health professionals in California, Hawaii, Utah, and Nevada 2. Describe the types of public health organizations that may be strategic partners for training the public health workforce 3. Identify “best practices” for training public health professionals

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PI on this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.