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College of Public Health

Paula Masters

Paula Masters

Assistant Dean for Student Services
Director, TN Public Health Training Center
Co-Director, Center for Rural and Appalachian Health
Contact:
423-439-4421 /
Suite 51, Room L, Lamb Hall

 


EDUCATION

DrPH student (current), Community and Behavioral Health, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health

MPH, Health Services Administration, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health

Certificate in Health Care Management, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health

BS, Health Services Administration, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

9/14-Present: Assistant Dean of Student Services, Dean's Office, College of Public Health,
East Tennessee State University

7/11-Present: Clinical Instructor, Department of Health Services Management and Policy,
College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University

1/11-Present: Director, LIFEPATH, Tennessee Public Health Training Center
College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University

4/07-1/11: Regional Health Promotion Coordinator
Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Office, Tennessee Department of Health

3/04-4/07: Public Health Educator 2
Washington County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health

COURSES TAUGHT

HSMP 2100 Health Systems

SELECTED RESEARCH SUPPORT

  1. Source:  Health Resources and Service Administration
    P.I.:  Rob Pack, PhD
    Title:  LIFEPATH, Tennessee Public Health Training Center
    Role on project: Project Director    
    Dates and costs of entire project:  09/2010-08/2015; $3,250,000.
    Specific aims of project:  Provide a home for the collaborative partnership between Tennessee’s academic public health training providers and the state’s public health workforce, and to provide essential training for that workforce.

  2. Source:  National Association of County and City Health Officials
    P.I.:  Paula Masters, MPH
    Title:  Survive and Thrive Southeastern Regional Training Center
    Role on project:  Principal Investigator    
    Dates and costs of entire project:  5/2012-12/2013; $30,000
    Specific aims of project:  To train new local health officials in the southeastern United States so they may gain practical tools and tactics to help engage elected officials and community partners; best manage strategic planning and human, financial, and information resources; and bolster abilities to resolve challenges unique to the new role at a local health department.

  3. Source:  Health Resources and Service Administration
    P.I.:    Kathy Miner, PhD      
    Title:    Region IV Public Health Training Center      
    Role on project:   Sub-recipient Principal Investigator
    Dates and costs of entire project:  09/2014-08/2018; $200,000.
    Specific aims of project:  Strengthen competence of the current and future public health workforce in HHS Region IV, develop a learning community within the Central Office and the Local Performance Sites (LPSs), expose public health students to the value of working in underserved areas, advocate for public health systems and policies, and contribute to the work of the national PHTC program.

  4. Source:    Health Resources and Service Administration
    P.I.:    Paula Masters, MPH
    Title:    Tennessee Public Health Traineeship
    Role on project:    Principal Investigator
    Dates and cost of entire project:  09/2014-8/2017; $450,000
    Specific aims of project:  Recruit and retain students into the Masters of Public Health for three public health discipline shortage areas; Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health. Through provision of graduate training in the College of Public Health’s Masters of Public Health program, field placement in Medically Underserved Areas and/or Health Professional Shortage Areas, and field application in one of the College’s Academic Health Departments, students will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be competitive and successful in the three proposed fields.

  5. Source:    Appalachian Funders Network
    P.I.:    Kate Beatty, PhD
    Title:    Reducing Childhood Obesity and Chronic Disease in Central Appalachia – Data Analysis and Planning to Support Promising Practices and Strategies
    Role on project:    Co-Investigator
    Dates and cost of entire project:  03/2015-10/2015; $60,000
    Specific aims of project: (1) aggregate existing data to provide a picture of the current health condition of central Appalachia, in terms of childhood obesity, (2) inventory the current efforts to combat childhood obesity using survey methods and qualitative focus groups, (3) identify promising policies and practices that reduce the incidence of obesity and chronic disease, and (4) engage health professionals, community members, and grantmakers to identify successes, challenges, and strategies addressing childhood obesity in central Appalachia.

  6. Source:  Tennessee Department of Health
    P.I.:    Paula Masters, MPH
    Title:    Statewide Healthcare Provider Assessment of Diabetes Practices
    Role on project:    Principal Investigator
    Dates and cost of entire project:  7/1/15-6/30/16; $60,000
    Specific aims of project: Conduct an assessment of current provider practices for the prevention, treatment, and maintenance of diabetes in Tennessee. Based on results, develop provider training ; 1)To improve healthcare provider knowledge of prediabetes, diabetes and hypertension disease management and promote referrals to DPP LCPs, Diabetes Self-Management Programs blood pressure control and 2) decrease morbidity and mortality due to prediabetes, diabetes and hypertension by controlling blood glucose and blood pressure.

  7. Source:  Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health Systems          
    Title:    Community Health Plan Development for Regional Systems
    Role on project:    Advisory Board
    Dates and cost of entire project:  7/1/15-6/30/16; $281,161

PUBLICATIONS

  • Brooks Billy, Blackley David, Masters Paula, Williams Christian, Mayes Gary, May, Stephen A., Pack Robert. Developing an Academic Health Department in Northeast Tennessee: A Sustainable Approach through Student Leadership. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. May 2014
  • Glenn Kimberly, Masters Paula, Quinn Megan. Collaboration between Public Health State Government and Academia: Innovative Capacity Building toward Workforce Development. Frontiers in Public Health. Abstract accepted and manuscript draft submitted. 2016

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

  • Upper Cumberland Regional Forum (Oral Presentation). Paula Masters. Rural Approaches to the County Health Rankings. July 27, 2012.  

  • American Public Health Association 2013 Annual Meeting and Exhibition (Oral Presentation) Billy Brooks, David Blackley, Paula Masters, Gary Mayes,  Stephen May, Robert Pack. Developing an Academic Health Department in Northeast Tennessee. November 5th, 2013.

  • Appalachian Student Research Forum (Poster Presentation) Billy Brooks, Dr. Brian Martin, Paula Masters, Dr. Robert Pack. Tennessee Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment: A Competency-Based Approach. April 5th, 2013.

  • Tennessee Public Health Association (Poster Presentation) Billy Brooks, David Blackley, Paula Masters, Dr. Robert Pack, Dr. Stephen May. Developing an Academic Health Department in Northeast Tennessee. Sept. 12th, 2012.

  • NACCHO Annual Meeting (Poster Presentations) Beatty K.E., Meit, M., Carpenter, T., Khoury, A., Masters, P. (2015) Clinical Service Delivery Disparities along the Urban/Rural Continuum. Kansas City, MO, July 7-9.

  • AcademyHealth Public Health Systems ResearchGroup Meeting (Poster Presentation) Beatty K.E., Meit, M., Carpenter, T., Khoury, A., Masters, P. (2015) Clinical Service Delivery Disparities along the Urban/Rural Continuum. Minneapolis, MN, June 16-17.

  • 8th Annual Keeneland Public Health Systems and Services Conference (Poster Presentation) Beatty K.E., Meit, M., Carpenter, T., Khoury, A., Masters, P. (2015) Clinical Service Delivery Disparities along the Urban/Rural Continuum. Lexington, KY, April 20-22.

  • Tennessee Public Health Association Annual Educational Conference (Poster Presentation) Fey, J., Lovelace, A., Beatty K.E., Kidwell, G., Masters, P., Slawson, D. (2015) Reducing Childhood Obesity and Chronic Disease in Central Appalachia., Cool Springs, TN, September 9-11.

  • Association of Academic Health Centers Annual Conference (Oral Presentation) Masters, P., Lovelace, A. (2015) Aligning Funding and Practice to Develop Sustainable Childhood Obesity Programming. Washington, DC, December 3rd.

RESEARCH FOCUS

Public Health Workforce, Infant Health/Outcomes, Appalachian Health Outcomes

PERSONAL INTEREST

Reading, Board Games, and spending time with family and friends

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