The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC) is to develop the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving the infrastructure of the public health system and for helping achieve the objectives of Healthy People 2020 in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.
A primary function of the MAPHTC is to provide training and continuing education opportunities for the public health workforce in our tri-state area.
The MAPHTC was established in 2001 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assist in the national goal to "improve the nation's current public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competence of the current and future workforce."
The MAPHTC is part of the HRSA Public Health Training Center Network. The Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) develop and deliver competency-based training programs to meet public health workers’ core training needs. These training programs range from basic skills in public health science to leadership and systems-thinking skills.
PHTC training is readily available. The PHTCs offer both in-person and online training opportunities. Online trainings are listed in the National PHTC Network Distance Education Center, a searchable database of trainings offered by all PHTCs, at http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/publichealth/trainingcenters/search.html.
To learn more about the other Public Health Training Centers, please visit the Network's webpage.
The Center operates with the following goals and objectives:
Objective 1 — Access to Quality Care. The MAPHTC will work to improve access to quality health care through appropriate preparation, composition and distribution of a health professions workforce. Specifically, the Center will provide training and continuing education programs to strengthen the competence of the current and future workforce through the following steps:
- Increase knowledge base in the public health workforce in areas relevant to delivery of the 10 essential public health services
- Increase skills of the public health workforce needed to deliver the 10 essential public health services
- Increase supervisor sensitivity and motivation to consider career advancement for the employees under their authority. Supervisors will be encouraged to recognize the importance of training not only to improve job performance but also to further job advancement
- Use interdisciplinary team training and education, e.g., distance learning
Objective 2 — Access to a Diverse Workforce. The MAPHTC will seek new and innovative ways to improve access to a diverse and culturally competent and sensitive health professions workforce by:
- Developing enhanced recruitment strategies to ensure a trained workforce that represents the population served
- Revising curricula to reflect cultural sensitivity
- Identifying and recruiting public health students from racially and culturally diverse groups into field experiences at local and state agencies
- Increasing the number of faculty members who provide practice-based learning/field experience as part of their course assignments and requirements for public health students