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JOHNSON CITY – Public health professionals in the Tri-Cities and across the state will have the opportunity to sharpen and expand their skills during a conference being held Friday, Aug. 12, by LIFEPATH, the Tennessee public health training center based at East Tennessee State University.
“Public Health and You: Skill Building for Success” is the first training conference offered by LIFEPATH, or the Long-distance Internet Facilitated Educational Program for Applied Training in Health. The event will be held at the Carnegie Hotel in the Grand Soldiers Ballroom. Admission is free and distance learning will be available through live Web streaming.
Housed in ETSU’s College of Public Health, LIFEPATH is the first and only training center of its kind in Tennessee. It was created to provide academic and non-academic training opportunities to professionals in the field across the state.
LIFEPATH is funded by a $3.25 million grant the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded to the College of Public Health to create and manage a comprehensive training center that will strengthen the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competence of Tennessee’s public health workforce.
Participants in the Aug. 12 conference will hear presentations and participate in discussions regarding public health law, budgeting and finance, leadership and public health nursing. The conference will offer continuing medical education, continuing nursing education and continuing education units through the James H. Quillen College of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education.
ETSU was one of only 27 institutions across the nation chosen by HRSA to become an official public health training center, part of a federal effort to improve overall health. The Association of Schools of Public Health has reported that by 2020, the United States will face a shortage of 250,000 public health workers, and training centers such as LIFEPATH will help address this shortage.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for conference participants. Advance registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, visit www.tnphtc.org or call Paula Masters at (423) 439-4421.