Midwest Center for Life-Long Learning in Public Health
Since 2001 the Midwest Center for Life-Long Learning in Public Health has served to strengthen the current and future public health workforce. The MCLPH is funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a member of the national network of Public Health Training Centers.
MCLPH provides a forum for the development of new educational opportunities, dialogue about the development of excellence in public health practice, and assessment and evaluation of the needs of public health professionals and systems. MCLPH is comprised of faculty and staff from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, who partner with other organizations including the Minnesota Department of Health, North Dakota Health Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to meet the education needs of public health professionals. Leadership for the Center is provided by the Executive Committee and the Advisory Cooperative Board, which has a broad membership that includes partners from the community and other academic institutions.
MCLPH is one of the centers in the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach, which promotes lifelong learning to bridge academic and public health practice communities.
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What we do
Public Health Workforce Assessment and Evaluation & Competency Identification
In collaboration with the state departments of health in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, MCLPH assesses core public health competency gaps in the public health workforce to provide a basis for program development and evaluation. MCLPH and UMNCPHP collaborated to develop a process that provides a consistent method for identifying the level of skill acquired in a training activity, the Competency Mapping Guide
We focus on the development of activities to learn about culturally responsive public health practice. Several courses, co-taught by persons from under-served/under-represented communities and SPH faculty are available on this topic through the Summer Public Health Institute. Tuition Waivers for participation in evaluation studies are available for selected courses.
MCLPH provides access to core public health curricula through the enhancement of academic courses for online delivery, creation of online continuing education modules, and through a flexible Institute format.
Kids in Public Health
Creating the future public health workforce is a critical aspect of the MCLPH mission. Through collaborative work with our state and academic partners, and innovative strategies such as the creation of Outbreak at Watersedge, an online game for students, MCLPH is looking toward the future. The Spanish version of this game, Epidemia en Watersedge, was released in 2006.