The mission of the HRSA funded Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6-SCPHTC) is to strengthen the technical, managerial, and leadership competence of the current public health workforce and to advance the knowledge and skills of the future public health workforce. Training topic areas center on competency-based, practice-focused courses addressing core functions and essential services; all training is based on formal needs assessments in the south central region. Key activities of the Center include development and delivery of courses on-site or through a variety of distance delivery modalities; needs assessments that inform the choices of training topics; and an extensive evaluation program for both curricula and the Center as a whole. An Advisory Board of leaders from the agencies and participating universities supports the Center’s programs.
Housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center partners with various agencies and organizations to achieve a comprehensive regional approach to workforce development. Key partners of the Training Center include the Texas Health Institute (THI), The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), Southern Plains Tribal Health Board, Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA), Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (AASTEC), Nuestra Salud, Texas Association of City and County Health Officials (TACCHO) and New Orleans Health Department (NOHD).