Who We Are

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC) Map-Regions
is one of the ten centers of the Public Health Training Center Program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current and future public health workforces, thereby improving the infrastructure of the public health system. Based at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, the MAR-PHTC serves DHHS Region 3 as an educational and training partnership among local and state health departments, community-based health care centers, and academic institutions. Its efforts are guided by a community-based training partner committee whose members work to forge a regional point of view and to plan strategically to meet common training needs. 

Training opportunities offered by the MAR-PHTC target both the public health and clinical workforces. They are developed on a variety of topics such as cultural awareness, health literacy, opioid abuse, and health inequities and address cross-cutting competency areas such as program planning, policy development, management, and assessment. A variety of formats are used to support delivery of both in-person and distance accessible trainings.  

In addition, the MAR-PHTC provides graduate students with experiential learning opportunities through its EXPO initiative. These opportunities are offered as field placements in community-based organizations and collaborative projects, both of which focus on addressing the needs of underserved communities. 


 To view our infographic about previous training, click on the link below.
Click here to view the Training 2019–20 Infographic



By linking academia to professional public health practice, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) contributes to better health for Pennsylvanians. CPHP is a catalyst for engaged scholarship in public health through applied research, practice-based teaching, and professional service. The activities and research provided by CPHP, along with close collaboration with community partners, enables CPHP to be a resource to the community and strengthen the public health system. For additional information, contact  marphtc@pitt.edu.


DC Health promotes health, wellness, and equity across the District and protects the safety of residents, visitors, and those doing business in our nation's Capital. DC Health aims to promote a culture of health and wellness; address the social determinants of health; strengthen public-private partnerships; close the chasm between clinical medicine and public health; and implement data driven and outcome-oriented approaches to program and policy development. For additional information, contact Jacqueline Watson at Jacqueline.watson@dc.gov.


The DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) works to create healthier communities through advocacy and the development of the infrastructure to support a high quality, equitable, integrated health care system that gives every DC resident an opportunity for a full and healthy life. Through numerous advocacy efforts and resource development programs, DCPCA has expanded and improved primary health care services for District residents. For additional information, contact Megan Loucks at  mloucks@dcpca.org.


Delaware Health and Social Services aspires to improve the quality of life for Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. The Division of Public Health protects and promotes the health of all people in Delaware to foster healthy people in healthy communities. For additional information, contact Matthew S. Whitman at matthew.whitman@delaware.gov.

DrexelThe Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) aims to translate knowledge into practice by creating a bridge between academia and the public health workforce. CPHP brings the resources of the school to public health practitioners and engages public health organizations, health care organizations, and academia in meaningful and sustained partnerships to address health in cities and improve the health of our communities. For additional information, contact Jennifer Kolker at jkolker@drexel.edu.


The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is a unique non-profit resource that builds partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions to improve health and well-being for all people and communities throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Their work strengthens health service systems and public policy; enhances the environments and conditions in which people live, age, work, learn, and play; and builds organizational and community capacity to sustain progress. For additionalmore information, contact Mike Royster at MRoyster@institutephi.org.


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to the improvement of health through discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge and the education of a diverse global community of research scientists and public health professionals. Every day, the Bloomberg School works to keep millions around the world safe from illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying knowledge in the field, and educating tomorrow's public health leaders. For additional information, contact Dan Barnett at dbarnet4@jhu.edu.


The National Network of Public Health Institutes is a resource for analysis, best practices, and network connections for communities, government agencies, foundations, the health care delivery system, the media, and academia. They are committed to advancing public health practice and improving population health through a focus on improving the often unseen conditions and systems that define the health and well-being of entire populations.


The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) programs and services support Pennsylvania's health centers in their mission to improve access to affordable, quality primary care for all. For additional information, contact Julie Korick at julie@pachc.org.


Virginia Community Healthcare Association’s primary responsibility is to offer training and technical assistance to support their commitment to provide high-quality, comprehensive, convenient primary care services. Primary care services include medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy assistance. Throughout the year, VCHA offers webinars, in-person trainings, and individual assistance to health center leadership and staff and work with regional and national partners to provide timely and high quality trainings as well as guidance on any new or ongoing federal and state initiatives. For additional information, contact Bernadette Ramirez at BRamirez@vacommunityhealth.org.


West Virginia Local Health Inc. (WVLHI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization formed to help strengthen public health agencies and the public health system in West Virginia. As such, WVLHI is dedicated to activities that aid, strengthen, support, benefit, and further in every proper and useful way the work and services of the all health departments. WVLHI provides technical assistance and leadership to assist in the development of the public health workforce to prevent disease and improve health outcomes. For additional information, contact Deb Koester at  DebKoester.wvlhi@gmail.com.


The West Virginia University School of Public Health is dedicated to tackling critical public health issues facing the citizens of West Virginia and the Appalachian region. Through community engagement projects, innovation, and research, students and faculty are engaged in partnerships or projects in nearly every county in West Virginia. Research and service efforts focus on contemporary issues associated with injury and disease prevention, elimination of health disparities, and policy solutions. For additional information, contact Erik Carlton at erik.carlton@hsc.wvu.edu.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 1 UB6HP31689-01-00 “Public Health Training Centers” for $3,699,596. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 11:16 AM