• WMPHTC works with local communities and health organizations across the four counties of Western Massachusetts: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire, in both urban and rural settings.

  • WMPHTC grants awards to community agencies working in conjunction with UMass faculty and students on initiatives that address chronic disease.

  • WMPHTC’s front-liner training programs provide important opportunities in public health and clinical competencies to nurses, medical assistants, community health workers, and clinical care managers.

  • We place student interns to support chronic disease management and prevention projects in the community.

  • Collaborative projects, trainings and the internship program contribute to the mastery of public health core competencies.

  • Our goal is to develop and promote a public health workforce for the communities of Western Massachusetts.

  • The work of the WMPHTC is guided by the input, ideas and resources of our Advisory Council, community members, and partnerships with local organizations.

  • The WMPHTC recieved a 2013 Award from the Health Resources Services Administration for a "Promising Practice" to assess the training needs of community health workers as they expand their role in public health.  

  • Our priority is to work with people on the “front-lines” of public health and health care to maximize their knowledge and skills in evaluating and managing chronic disease.

Western Mass Public Health Training Center

In partnership with the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences, The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center (WMPHTC) assists local communities and/or health organizations with establishing health, wellness, and prevention programs to manage and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes. The Training Center seeks to impact chronic disease prevention and management by improving the ability of frontline public health workers to provide essential public health services that address these issues.




  • This spring, we placed 35 student interns at community agencies in Holyoke and Springfield.

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