Training to improve the nation’s health
The mission of the Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center is to train and develop a workforce knowledgeable in fundamentals of both clinical care and public health. The WMPHTC offers a variety of trainings to front-line health care workers, including Community Health Workers, nurses, physicians and medical assistants aimed at preventing and managing chronic diseases.
For clinical staff, training in the core competencies of public health will broaden their skills and knowledge, allowing them to work more effectively in communities.
Training for Community Health Workers (CHW’s) will be especially relevant as the state prepares to implement a certification process. The WMPHTC is equipped to offer trainings for CHW’s that will help fulfill certification requirements.
The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center is certified to deliver Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program training to front-line health care workers. This evidence-based curriculum utilizes a ‘train the trainer’ model that prepares participants to lead their own workshops in the community.
WMPHTC seeks to continue to develop and deliver trainings, using a variety of modalities, to enhance front-liners’ skills and knowledge, particularly in the areas of the Public Health Core Competencies.