The Region V Public Health Training Center helps strengthen the future public health workforce by connecting public health students with experiential learning opportunities. These may involve working with faculty to collaborate with practice agencies on capacity building projects, or student field placements that support public health organizations in addressing the social determinants of health.
Collaborative Projects allow students to work side by side with faculty and public health practice professionals on important activities that advance their learning and the work of the partner organization.
The 2018-2019 academic year has 15 student collaborative projects across states in Region V covering such public health concerns as:
- Air quality
- Chronic disease education
- Access to care
- Harm reduction
- Enteric outbreaks
- Opioid epidemic
- HPV and breast cancer prevention
- Rural community needs assessment
- Mental health gap analysis
- Criminal justice
- Insurance factors in preventative screenings
- Evaluation frameworks and plans to assess program success
- Creating maps of community resources
Highlights and results of these projects will be shared as they become available.
Student Field Placements
We provide a number of field placements to graduate and undergraduate students in public health and other health professions. These field placements allow students to directly contribute to their community while completing necessary program requirements for graduation.
Check out this example from a student at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership who interned with Columbus Public Health to develop a plan to address adverse childhood experiences.
The Community of Practice (CoP)
A virtual learning community designed to support students’ professional development and a competency-based product deliverable. In this CoP, student interaction takes place during four, two-hour virtual meetings that cover topics pertinent to students soon entering the workforce.
Planned session topics include:
1. Getting the most out of your field placement
2. Recent MPH graduate panel – Tips and tools from peers who have recently graduated and completed a field placement
3. Creating a scientific poster – giving details on HRSA deliverables required of students completing a field placement funded by the Region V PHTC
4. Interprofessional practice – Transitioning into the workforce and working with colleagues of other professions
Students also benefit from peer-to-peer discussions and work through case scenarios to apply interpersonal skills. This strategic curriculum allows the student learner the opportunity to broaden the context of their learning by sharing experiences with a network of peers while tailoring the lessons learned in their own deliverables.