Public Health Workforce Training and Technical Assistance

As a public health institute, IPHI fills a critical role in helping to assure that local and state health department staff and other public health professionals have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to carry out their roles and advance the public’s health. To that end, IPHI provides training and technical assistance on a number of topics integral to public health practice. We utilize the subject matter expertise among our staff, as well as the resources of our partners through the National Network of Public Health Institutes.

As an example, IPHI is proud to be a training provider for The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC). MAR-PHTC is part of a national network of 10 public health training centers funded by the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current and future public health workforce. MAR-PHTC serves Virginia, Maryland, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania and is based at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. 

In this role, we have developed and delivered multiple training workshops to health departments, including:

  • Public Health Leadership
  • Quality Improvement in Local Health Departments
  • Community Health Worker Core Skills Trainings
  • CHW Supervisor Trainings 
  • Cultural Humility and Culturally Responsive Care
  • Healthy and Equitable Communities
  • Roots of Health Inequities
  • Communicating Equity to Decision-makers

In addition to the partnership with MAR-PHTC, we have worked directly with public health departments. Currently, we are supporting the Blue Ridge Health District in Virginia as they adapt their internal policies and practices to become an anti-racist organization committed to promoting health equity. Our capacity-building work with them includes in-depth workshops on strategies and best practices for organizational leadership and equity committees to lead transformational change for equity. We have also provided guidance on key organizational issues such as workforce diversity, community engagement, customer service, communications, and evaluation and accountability. 

Previous work with health departments includes training and technical assistance with the Richmond City Health District, Peninsula Health District, and Norfolk City Department of Health. In these instances, we assisted the local health department in developing an Equity and Health in All Policies (EHiAP) approach to local governmental decision-making. We provided training on EHiAP and best practices from across the country, strategic support in engaging elected officials and other governmental leaders, and policy expertise in developing and passing local legislation to support the use of an EHiAP framework. 

Our educational and training opportunities include classroom-based instruction, workshops, and online professional development events, as well as tailored technical assistance on a variety of topics including:

  • Public Health
  • Health Equity
  • Equity and Health in All Policies
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Community Health Worker Development
  • Leadership and Management
  • Racism as a Public Health Crisis
  • Cultural Humility
  • Implicit Bias in Public Health and Healthcare
  • Community Engagement
  • Conducting Equity Impact Reviews of Policies, Programs, and Services
  • Communicating Equity to Decision-makers

 

For more information about public health workforce training offered by IPHI, please contact Christine Stewart at trainings@institutephi.org.