Who We Are

The mission of the Public Health Training Center (PHTC) Program is to improve Map-Regionsthe 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. The MAR-PHTC is an educational and training partnership among state and local public health departments, non-traditional health care centers, and academic institutions. Pitt Public Health Serves as the Central Office. The MAR-PHTC is part of a national network of ten PHTCs funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The MAR-PHTC will develop and deliver trainings for the public health and community health center workforces in Business and Financial Management, Childhood Obesity, Continuous Quality Improvement, Cultural Diversity, Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Effective Writing, Engaging Diverse Communities, Evidence-based Public Health Practice, Health and Equity, Informatics, Mental Health, Opioid Abuse, Policy Analysis and Development, Policy Engagement, Problem Solving, Project Management, Resource Management, Risk Communications, Social Determinants of Health, Systems Thinking.

In addition, the MAR-PHTC's EXPO will provide experiential learning opportunities for students of public health that will focus on medically underserved communities.

The MAR-PHTC is guided by members of a Community-based Training Partner Committee who work to forge a regional point of view and plan strategically to meet common training needs.



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 David Walton at dave.walton@state.de.us.

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. For additional information, contact Jennifer McKeever at JMcKeever@nnphi.org.


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 Cindi Christ at cindi@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 Trinette Randolph at TRandolph@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 Ranjita Misra at ramisra@hsc.wvu.edu.

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