Region V Public Health Training Center Receives $3.7 Million to Increase Public Health Workforce Supply, Diversity and Capacity | News | University of Michigan School of Public Health | Public health personnel | Workforce development

The Region V Public Health Training Center (RVPHTC) recently received $3.7 million in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The award, which provides funding until June 2026, will help the center expand its goal of increasing the supply, diversity and capacity of the public health workforce through a variety of tools and programs, including:

  • Field internship stipends for students and professional development opportunities
  • Regional training needs assessments
  • Free online training courses for public health professionals
  • A new leadership institute for public health and primary care practitioners

The RVPHTC is located at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and serves the Health and Human Services-designated Region V states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Led by Dr. Laura Power, Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Michigan Public Health, the center will continue its work to address strategic skills training needs by providing high-quality, competency-based training to public health practitioners in the region, especially those in government. public health.

Among the many lessons that have been revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic is the realization that those working in and around public health cannot continue to work in silos, says Dany Zemmel , responsible for training and engagement at RVPHTC. Instead, by working across sectors and disciplines to share information and best practices, all stakeholders can work collectively more effectively and equitably to address important health issues. “Through its network of state and local health agencies, tribal health organizations, public health associations and organizations, and academic institutions in six states, the RVPHTC is well positioned to coordinate opportunities for learning and connecting practitioners from Michigan, Region V and beyond to promote and advance health and health equity.

The RVPHTC has been housed at Michigan Public Health since 2000, first as a state center before taking on the role of regional coordinating center in 2018. The RVPHTC is part of the national network Network of public health training centers, a consortium of regional centers that collectively represent the nation’s most comprehensive resource for public health workforce development. Together, they provide access to professional development, experiential learning, advice and world-class technical support. This work is done in partnership with community training partners, technical assistance providersand other partners in the six-state area.

Milton S. Rodgers