About LPHI

The mission of the Local Public Health Institute (LPHI) is to improve public health and preparedness capabilities and the health of the residents of the Commonwealth by creating, implementing, and sustaining workforce development activities for local public health and other public health system partners.

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has managed LPHI since 2010. Faculty and staff actively partner with the local public health workforce and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) on long-term vision, scope of work, target audiences, and curriculum development for new and ongoing public health challenges.

Key Principles

  • Address training needs of all agencies that provide public health services on the local level as articulated by local health leaders in Massachusetts through the Advisory Committee
  • Augment current MDPH and local education and competency-based training opportunities
  • Incorporate and track specific public health and emergency preparedness competencies
  • Emphasize hands-on and interactive exercises that build sustainable skills, and classroom presentations that respond to the needs of diverse adult learners
  • Develop strategies to ensure seamlessness integration of training opportunities across professional groups, boundaries, cultures, and jurisdictions
  • Provide continuous leadership development to ensure collaboration and connectivity

LPHI provides a range of standardized training programs and materials with the goal of increasing the number of local public health workforce members trained on cross cutting, program areas, including emergency preparedness competencies. LPHI has also focused on distance education, and has increased participation in LPHI offerings across all regions. In FY21, LPHI delivered training to 2,091 unduplicated individuals (up from 1727 in FY20). The FY21 trainings covered all 17 program area competencies and 10 cross-cutting competencies, as well as the four emergency preparedness competencies.

Below is the most recent annual progress report, which describes LPHI’s major accomplishments and recommended next steps. Older annual reports can be found in the Archived Reports.

LPHI Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report (PDF)