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. In May 2020, we formed a partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department to aid in the workforce scale-up in response to COVID-19. We designed a week-long training curriculum for case investigators and contact tracers and developed a special training curriculum for COVID-19 community health workers. The classes were so well-received that the health department requested an enrollment of over 250 government personnel in the program,l in addition to the IPHI-employed staff. Since then, IPHI has educated well over 1,000 pandemic responders throughout its engagement. 

Recently ended in 2021, IPHI successfully worked in support of the Blue Ridge Health District in Virginia to help adapt its internal policies and practices to become an anti-racist organization committed to promoting health equity. Other 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.