Collaboration is changing the number of and types professionals taking NEPHTC trainings. More than 11,000 participants attended single trainings that were wholly or partially supported by the HRSA grant UB6HP27877, up from 9,000 in the previous year of the grant. Overall, NEPHTC increased the number of trainings offered from 190 to 239. By collaborating with other training initiatives, NEPHTC is able to reach more trainees, improving expertise in managing their populations of concern. The growth came from the new School Nurse Training Center, which shares educational technology resources with NEPHTC at Boston University School of Public Health.
“School nursing is one of many professions increasingly working together to address the future of health in our towns and cities,” says Beverly Heinz-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN, Director of SHIELD (School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development). “By learning to work across traditionally siloed professions, we are able to address a complex health issue – such as substance use – from more angles.”
“A big part of Public Health 3.0,” says Karla Todd, Program Manager and Training Specialist for NEPHTC, “is helping professionals figure out how they can work together to address the social determinants of health at the local level. This requires new strategic skills, and new ways of problem solving.” It’s exciting to be part of continuing professional education at this point in history.”