New England Public Health Training Center Wins National Award

NEPHTC award

BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 18, 2017 – The New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC) is the recipient of the 2017 National Network of Public Health Institutes’ (NNPHI) Network Member Impact Award. Anne Fidler, the Principal Investigator for NEPHTC, accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the entire NEPHTC team during the recent NNPHI Annual Conference. Also in attendance were Karla Todd, Program Manager; Kate McLarty, Teaching Assistant; and Brad Cohen, Director of the Office of Professional Development for Boston Public Health Commission and an important NEPHTC partner in customizing and delivering the training.  

This award is given to a network member that exemplifies the mission and vision of NNPHI by using evidence-based methods to improve public health practice and who has had a measurable impact in the region, state, or locality. This year, the Network is honoring NEPHTC for its signature blended learning course, “Managing Effectively in Today’s Public Health Environment” designed for current or future heads of local or regional health departments and managers or directors in city or state public health agencies. The course curriculum was developed by Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Kathleen MacVarish. It was first implemented in Massachusetts with additional practitioners from Rhode Island and Connecticut and later adapted by the University of New England in Maine. The Massachusetts course is managed by Seth Eckhouse (SPH’01), Senior Program Manager at the Activist Lab. Students report the course’s profound impact on the development of knowledge, skills, and awareness in leading organizational change, building and maintaining organizational momentum, and managing people, budgets, teams, and office performance.

NEPHTC Award“To me, the Impact Award serves as recognition for all the new skills that NNPHI is encouraging in the network,” explains Karla Todd, the NEPHTC Program Manager. “It recognizes not just good training content, but also the effort to market, share, and encourage adaptation of the content for other locations in New England and around the country. I’d like to thank our educational partner, Karen O’Rourke of UNE for her time and energy in adapting the course for the first time; Seth Eckhouse, who managed the course; and Professor Kathleen MacVarish who developed the curriculum in conjunction with many experts in the field of public health.”

NEPHTC is one of ten Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Together the ten PHTCs are part of the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN), led by the National Network of Public Health Institutes. The Activist Lab at Boston University School of Public Health serves as the central regional office and one of six Local Performance Sites (LPS).

“This award is a testament to the hard work, creativity, and responsiveness of the Education Team here in the Activist Lab,” said Boston University Asst. Dean for Public Health Practice and NEPHTC Principal Investigator Anne Fidler. “It is gratifying that our staff has been honored with this prestigious national award.”

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