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 School of Public Health, 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 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, MAR-PHTC provides graduate students with experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities are offered as field placements in community-based organizations and collaborative projects with university faculty, 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


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Established in 1948 to address the environmental and occupational health needs of Pittsburgh’s industrial region, the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health builds on its long and storied history of educating public health leaders, engaging in public health service and research, and translating research into public health practices and policies to improve the health of populations regionally, nationally, and globally. For additional information, contact  marphtc@pitt.edu.

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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 Adaora Otiji-Spizler at adaora.otiji-spizler@dc.gov.


Delaware Department of 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 Neumann at matthew.neumann@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 additional 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 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 Judd Mellinger-Blouch at Judd@pachc.org.

WVLHI logoWest 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 2UB6HP31689-05-00 “Public Health Training Centers.” 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.

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