Who we are and what we do
The Oklahoma Public Health Training Center (OPHTC) is located within the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the Hudson College of Public Health, Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. In fulfillment of its mission - Strengthening Oklahoma's Public Health Workforce - the OPHTC engages in several projects and topics focused on:
- Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6SCPHTC)
- Community Health Workers
- Dementia Care
Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6SCPHTC)
In 2018, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) funded 10 regional public health training centers.
The Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6SCPHTC) is one of these 10 public health training centers that is housed at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Under Tulane's leadership, the R6SCPHTC partners with several organizations in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The mission of the R6SCPHTC is to strengthen the technical, managerial, and leadership competence of the current public health workforce and to advance the knowledge and skills of the future public health workforce. The R6SCPHTC current objectives include conducting a health personnel needs assessment across the region; identifying specific local training topics; and facilitating student field placements and faculty/student collaborative projects. Center priorities include mental health, opioids, childhood obesity, and social determinants of health.
Under the umbrella of the R6SCPHTC, the collaborating Community Based Training (CBT) partners in Oklahoma include the Oklahoma Public Health Training Center (OPHTC), Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB), and Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA).
In collaboration with our R6 and Oklahoma partners, the OPHTC works to fulfill the 2018 Scope of Work:
- Facilitate and participate in health personnel needs assessment in Oklahoma in alignment with R6SCPHTC
- Contribute to identifying training topics that address workforce development needs
- Facilitate/host students in field placements
- Facilitate/host faculty/student collaborative projects
- Promote the work and training offerings of the R6SCPHTC among public health and primary care personnel
- Attend annual regional R6SCPHTC meeting
- Serve on the R6SCPHTC Advisory Board and attend monthly conference calls
Community Health Workers (CHWs)
The OPHTC is committed to supporting the emerging workforce of CHWs in Oklahoma. In doing so, we closely collaborate with several partners, including the OPHA CHW Section. In direct support of the workforce, we are developing and implementing training materials for CHWs for several audiences and on select topics such as diabetes, dementia, and oral health.
The OPHTC has been developing and implementing training materials for dementia care and special audiences such as nursing home employees for several years. Step-Up for Dementia Care is one of the long-lasting contributions of the OPHTC. Currently, the OPHTC is closely collaborating with the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network (OkDCN) to enhance the care of and support for the growing number of Oklahomans affected by all types of dementia.