Center for Healthy Communities meets with community to discuss issues about health

CHHS Funded as a Community-Based Training Partner

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) has been funded as a community-based training (CBT) partner with the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC) headquartered at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Justine Reel, associate dean for research and innovation at CHHS and Leah Mayo, coordinator for the Center for Healthy Communities and the N.C. Public Health Training Center at CHHS will lead Region IV PHTC efforts in North Carolina.

Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Region IV PHTC network includes the central office at Emory, six CBTs partners and three technical assistance providers working collectively to improve the ability of the public health workforce to meet national, state, and local needs. The Region IV PHTC accomplishes this goal by offering training on strategic public health skills, such as leadership and communication, as well as priority health concerns, including mental health, opioid use and childhood obesity. The PHTC also coordinates a student field placement program that aims to increase the number of skilled public health professionals working in rural and/or underserved communities.

The Region IV PHTC primarily serves governmental public health professionals in eight southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Dr. Moose Alperin, Principal Investigator for the Region IV PHTC says, “I am grateful to have Justine Reel and Leah Mayo and their colleagues at the College of Health and Human Services as partners. With their leadership, the Region IV PHTC will be able address the myriad of challenges, both current and emerging, that are faced by the public health workforce in North Carolina and the southeast.”  

The R-IV PHTC is one of ten regional HRSA-funded PHTCs throughout the U.S. and a member of the national Public Health Learning Network.

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 UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. 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.