The California Public Health Training Center (PHTC) is located in the California Statewide AHEC Program and is part of the Western Region Public Health Training Center, a HRSA funded program located at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
The California PHTC is targeting public health professionals in the most rural areas of the state, northwest and northeast, central coast, Inland Empire, southeast and the Central Valley of the state. Each participating AHEC center is experienced in delivering continuing education to practicing public health professionals working in community clinic and health centers, hospitals and public health departments. We plan to bring public health education to the rural areas via distance learning modalities-both synchronous and asynchronous and in limited area in-person trainings. Although we are targeting rural public health professionals, we will also provide access to trainings for urban practitioners.
We will employ the CA TRAIN system to register participants and provide trainings, many through the Regional PHTC. A needs assessment will inform the trainings offered and the preferred vehicle for the trainings.
We currently train, and will continue to train health educators, community health workers and others working in community clinics and health centers, hospitals and other community sites about outreach and enrollment for the State's health insurance exchange (Covered California).
The California Statewide AHEC (CA AHEC) is a forty-four year old HRSA funded program with 13 community based centers located throughout the state. The CA AHEC mission is to improve access and quality of health care for medically underserved communities in the state. We use academic-community partnerships to educate underrepresented minority students about health careers in an effort to bring more health professionals of color to the state; to provide community health training experiences for health professions students and residents in underserved areas; and to provide continuing professional education to practicing health professionals in underserved areas.
For more information, please visit cal-AHEC.org, or contact Brenda Mitchell at 559-241-7650.