Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers Program

To improve the Nation"s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competencies and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce.

Emphasis is placed on developing the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving
the infrastructure of the public health system and helping achieve the Healthy People 2010 and 2010 Objectives.

With respect to a public health training center, applicants must agree to: (1) specifically designate a geographic area, including medically underserved populations, e.g., elderly, immigrants/refugees, disadvantaged, to be served by the Center that shall be in a location removed from the main location of the teaching facility of the school participating in the program with a Center; (2) assess the public health personnel needs of the area to be served by the Center and assist in the planning and development of training programs to meet their needs; (3) establish or strengthen field placements for students in public or nonprofit private public health agencies or organizations; and (4) involve faculty members and students in collaborative projects to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: For FY 09, 14 public health training center continuation awards were made.


2009 actual: $5.2 million.

For additional information: www.publichealthtrainingcenters.org.

Fiscal Year 2010: Not Applicable.

Fiscal Year 2011: Not Applicable.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

John Kress, MHA, Director, Public Health Training Centers, Geriatrics and Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-0157 and E-mail address at jkress@hrsa.gov

Marcia Starbecker, Chief, Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6867 and E-mail address at: mstarbecker@hrsa.gov.
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov