Assess Georgia’s Public Health Workforce Needs and Identify Training Opportunities

Together with the Emory Public Health Training Center, the GPHTC will conduct a survey of the Georgia public health workforces to assess priority-learning needs, modes of delivery, where the training should occur, who should attend as learners and barriers for accessing learning opportunities.  Emphasis will be placed on improving the workforce skills of public health workers in areas that are medically underserved and experiencing large health disparities.

Develop Training Materials and Offer Statewide Training

While much material already exists, both nationally and within Georgia, it will be necessary to develop new content and deliver learning opportunities based on the needs assessment and in response to the particular public health challenges facing Georgia. As the need for new courses or materials becomes known, the GPHTC will design and deliver new courses through a variety of modalities.

Design Learning Management and Advisement Systems

GPHTC will develop a web portal to connect the academic institutions, faculty, public health workers, university students, public health agencies and community based organizations.  Through the management system, learners can review and access available on-line learning opportunities, ranging from full courses to podcasts and webinars. Advisement will be offered using on-line systems, instant messaging, and telephone.  The portal will be populated with short courses, assignments, databases, quizzes, forums, links and podcasting as they are collectively shared and developed by GPHTC partners. 

Anchor Regional Training Centers in Georgia

With the creation of the Archway Partnership in 2005, UGA began repurposing the traditional land-grant university agricultural extension model to address a wider range of concerns faced by communities. The Archway Partnership is a university system outreach platform designed to deliver a full range of higher education resources to address community development. Formal collaborative relationships are present in eight geographically dispersed and economically diverse areas of the state, in the counties of: Clayton, Colquitt, Glynn, Hart, Pulaski, Sumter, Washington, and Whitfield. These Archway communities would be instrumental in hosting to citizens from surrounding counties and serve as a regional hub for linking the GPHTC with local needs.

Establish Academic Health Departments

The GPHTC will establish an "Academic Health Department" based upon the Association of Schools of Public Health model, "as an organized partnership between schools of public health and health departments, creating a dynamic academic-practice collaboration, which effectively pools assets of both institutions."  This partnership between academia and practice will create a mutually beneficial learning environment that will foster training and continuing education opportunities to best prepare the workforce and academia for solving real-world public health problems.

Place Graduate Students in Internships Statewide

Each of the six public academic institutions offering public health degrees requires graduate MPH students to participate in a supervised and evaluated field experience. The Center will help support each university’s field placement program by supporting students with a competitive stipend, identifying potential experience sites, particularly in underserved communities, and matching students with placement opportunities in collaboration with each university’s placement office.  The geographic locations of the six universities and Archway Communities will foster partnerships with health departments and community based organizations throughout the state.