Welcome to the Alabama Public Health Training Center (AL PHTC)

AL PHTC Purpose
The AL PHTC is one of 38 Public Health Training Centers located throughout the United States established by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of the Public Health Training Center Program is to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competency of the current and future public health workforce. This program is vital to assuring that the public health workforce has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to address complex public health issues now and into the future.  The AL PHTC will be an integral component of the federal program, particularly in medically underserved areas with medically underserved populations. 
The AL PHTC strengthens the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current workforce in Alabama and Mississippi by advancing the knowledge and skills of the future public health workforce through programs that meet identified needs in medically underserved areas throughout the states.  Training and education programs developed by the AL PHTC are competency-based, grounded in core public health functions and Essential Public Health Services, and designed to improve the capacity of the public health workforce, including those in community-based organizations providing public health services in underserved areas.  Training and education programs are tailored for specific target audiences and delivered through distance education technologies and on-site programs. 
Building on long lasting relationships with public health partners across the partnership region, the AL PHTC investigators are working with practice partners to:
  • Identify workforce development capacity and needs targeting public health workers in community-based organizations (CBO), including those that provide HIV/AIDS prevention and care services, public health nutrition services, maternal and child health services specifically in the medically underserved areas (MUA) of the partnership region.
  • Develop and provide competency-based education and training to improve the capacity of the public health workforce in the underserved areas of Alabama and Mississippi.
  • Develop opportunities for public health faculty, students, and practitioners to work collaboratively on identified public health needs in MUAs and with medically underserved populations (MUP).
  • Provide opportunities for faculty and/or practitioners to mentor public health students in organizations that serve MUAs and MUPs.

AL PHTC Focus Areas
Providing education and training for those working in the areas of:
  • Nutrition Services
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Southeastern Regional Pediatric Disaster Surge Network
  • Social Work
  • Academic Programs

AL PHTC Key Partners
Principal funding for the Alabama Public Health Training Center is supported through grant UB6HP22824 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this program are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HRSA/DHHS.


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