FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2010
Contact: HRSA Press Office
HHS awards $16.8 million to train public health workforce
Grants awarded to 27 Public Health Training Centers
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the award of $16.8 million to support 27 Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) at schools of public health and other public or non-profit institutions across the country. The PHTC Program helps improve the public health system by enhancing skills of the current and future public health workforce. Institutions accredited to provide graduate or specialized training in public health are eligible for funding. Most of the funding – $15.4 million – is made available by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included as part of the Affordable Care Act.
“Today’s awards represent a dramatic increase in support for Public Health Training Centers,” said Secretary Sebelius. “Investing in prevention and public health is the foundation for improving the health and well-being of all Americans.”
Funded organizations (1) plan, develop, operate and evaluate projects that support goals established by the Secretary in preventive medicine, health promotion and disease prevention; or (2) improve access to and quality of health services in medically underserved communities. Other PHTC activities include assessing the learning needs of the public health workforce; providing accessible training; and working with organizations to meet strategic planning, education, and resource needs.
“Whether facing public health emergencies such as natural disasters, or chronic conditions like obesity, a well-trained public health workforce is critical to ensuring the nation’s health and welfare,” said Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which oversees the PHTC program.
Awards are listed below. For more information on HRSA’s health professions programs, visit http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/.
Public Health Training Center Awards
Arizona Board of Regents
The Regents of the University of California
Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles
San Diego State University Research Foundation
University of Colorado Denver
University of South Florida
The University of Georgia
University of Kentucky Research Foundation
Trustees of Boston University, Boston University Medical Campus
The Regents of the University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Trustees of Dartmouth College
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New York - School of Public Health
The Research Foundation of the State University of New York
The Ohio State University
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
University of South Carolina
East Tennessee State University
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Eastern Virginia Medical School
University of Washington
Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
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Last revised: May 7, 2011