About Us

The South Central Public Health Partnership (SCPHP) is a collaborative partnership between the Schools of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tulane University. The SCPHP works in collaboration with state and local public health departments and other community partners to develop, deliver, and evaluate training programs that meet the needs of the public health workforce. The SCPHP works through a number of centers and institutes including the South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC), the South Central Public Health Training Center (SCPHTC), and the South Central Public Health Leadership Institute (SCPHLI).

South Central Public Health Training Center (SCPHTC)

The purpose of the HRSA-funded SCPHTC is to strengthen the technical, managerial, and leadership competence of the current public health workforce. Training topic areas center on competency-based, practice-focused courses addressing core functions and essential services; all trainings are based on formal training needs assessments. 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. All courses, webcasts and resources are available on the Center website as well as on the SCPHP Learning Management System (LMS).

South Central Public Health Leadership Institute (SCPHLI)

The SCPHLI is organized to enhance and develop leadership skills among its participants through education and individual change and growth. The institute will facilitate the application of core functions in public health, provide shared experiences in a learning environment, and translate leadership into a tool for community empowerment and development of community leaders. The SCPHLI seeks to develop leaders who can facilitate creation of healthy communities by developing partnerships for action at all levels of society. The Institute is designed to educate and train participants from the public health communities in the region.

Cohort 16 of the South Central Public Health Leadership Institute (2011-2012) was the last face-to-face session offered. Currently, we are testing an online version of the original Leadership Institute's format to further provide support and training to the public health workforce.

South Central Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (SCPERLC)

The CDC-funded SCPERLC provides a comprehensive, regional approach to professional emergency and disaster workforce development. The SCPERLC works with state and local health agencies in the region to identify individual and organizational-level training needs in bioterrorism, infectious disease including pandemic influenza, food safety, school safety, radiological terrorism, and other areas including vulnerable populations. These collaborative relationships with state and local public health agencies effectively utilize resources in producing training programs that meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. SCPERLC needs assessments provide information regarding both individual-level,competency-based needs of the public health workforce in their area, as well as organizational-level factors influencing SCPERLC training in meeting critical competency-based training needs.

The SCPERLC reaches over 60,000 participants each year through a wide array of public health preparedness activities. Additionally, the SCPERLC participates in many presentations, exercises,and consulting opportunities related to pandemic influenza preparedness. All courses, webcasts and resources are available on the Center website as well as on the SCPHP Learning Management System (LMS).

For more information about us, please visit our website (http://www.southcentralpartnership.org)