Online Program

Taking the training to the people: Workforce development for rural public health

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Manjusha Saxena, MPH, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Wesley Epplin, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, Chicago, IL
Sophie Naji, MPHc, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
MAPHTC has provided training to many rural Illinois public health practitioners that was unavailable to them 10 years ago. For the past eight years, the MidAmerica Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC), a HRSA-funded training center, has successfully organized the Rural Public Health Institute (RPHI), a training conference in rural Illinois. To address the needs of rural public health professionals, a rural advisory committee comprised of representatives from academic and practice organizations serving rural public health interests works with MAPHTC to identify gaps, as well as to develop and deliver training. This conference provides 25 full and half-day workshops in the areas of skills building, preparedness, emerging issues, and public health and primary care as linked to the workforce competencies of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Practice. Since inception, the number of trainings offered has increased by over 50% during the 3 day conference to offer a wide-variety of trainings to meet specific needs. This presentation describes the Institutes and their role in enhancing rural organizational capacity. This Institute is designed to provide an opportunity for professional growth, educational enrichment, and networking to public health professionals. Rural health departments and community organizations often do not have the capacity or resources for adequate training and continuing education, with much training being inaccessible geographically and/or financially. The expertise of the rural public health practitioners as the Advisory Committee, MAPHTC has provided the only annual venue for hands-on training that is both geographically and financially accessible.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe best practices for delivering training to rural public health workforce. Explain the process for identifying current training priorities in rural public health. Discuss how 3 lessons learned from implementation of the trainings might be applicable for workforce development in other rural contexts.

Keyword(s): Workforce, Rural Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 10 years experience in delivering and facilitation of training on public health workforce development. I have served on local and national boards representing the interests of workforce. I also have over 10 years experience on working to provide assessement of needs for the workforce.
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.