Nevada Public Health Training Center
The NVPHTC amplifies the public health workforce through innovative research and skill-based education. By implementing a variety of training opportunities and prioritizing needs of the public health workforce, the NVPHTC continues to address gaps and barriers within public health systems.
The NVPHTC is part of the Western Region Public Health Training Center and is housed within the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. The training center works collaboratively the with University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine; Project ECHO within the Office of Statewide Initiatives; Center for Surveys, Evaluation, and Statistics; and many community/national partners. Learn more about the Western Regional Public Health Training Center here: https://wrphtc.arizona.edu
Inspiring a Future Workforce
- Pipeline Programs – We work to engage students into potential studies and careers within public health through community outreach and presentations with high school students, including the Washoe County Signature Academy.
- Curriculum Mapping for Higher Education – We work collaboratively with partners, such as the State of Nevada Department of Education and Truckee Meadows Community College, on curriculum and competency development to provide a path to higher education and to reduce barriers to entering the field of public health.
- Active Recruitment – Through outreach, marketing, and educational opportunities, we seek to actively recruit into our undergraduate and graduate programs, including our newer programs such as the 3+2 program (5 years to an MPH), online public health practice MPH program, and PhD program.
- Internship Programs – We administer all SCHS undergraduate and graduate internship programs and actively engage our students with community projects that impact health.
- Global Engagement – We administer international internships, special topics courses, research, and community engaged projects that bring the skills of our faculty and students to developing communities throughout the world.
Developing Our Current Workforce
- Public Health ECHO Clinics – We host monthly live web-based trainings on a variety of public health issues and topics. We build skills. We start conversations. We take action.
- Online Training Modules – We develop a variety of web-based training modules on key public health competencies that are available free of charge.
- Trainings, Conferences, Summits, and Events – We plan, implement, and evaluate a variety of trainings, conferences, summits and events to develop the capacity of the public health workforce in order to address current and emerging needs.
- Public Health Workforce Development Survey – We assess the training and professional development needs of the public health workforce through the design, implementation, and analysis of targeted and tailored surveys.
The NVPHTC assesses public health workforce needs at each affiliated health department and assists in the planning and development of training programs to meet identified needs.
- Trains the public health workforce through face-to-face and distance-based learning opportunities
- Arranges collaborative projects for faculty members and MPH students to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities
- Establishes and strengthens field placements for MPH students in community settings to ensure the growth and knowledge of the future public health workforce
Gerold Dermid, MBA, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NVPHTC Contracts, Grants, and Administration; WRPHTC Lead; MPH Internship Program Lead; Rural Engagement Liaison; Global Engagement Director; Marketing and Recruitment; Scholarships
Gerold Dermid, MBA is the Director of the Nevada Public Health Training Center, housed within the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mr. Dermid has worked in the field of public health for the past 17 years, focused on accreditation, quality improvement, workforce development, social marketing and community engagement. Mr. Dermid has provided leadership and strategic direction to communities throughout the world in communicable disease prevention, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS, chronic disease prevention, substance use services, health equity, social justice, and international development. He currently manages workforce and student training programs locally, nationally, and internationally, with a special focus on the development of trainings within traditionally underserved communities.
Kelly Morning, MPH, Evaluation Coordinator (email@example.com)
Public Health ECHO Clinic Coordinator; Evaluation Projects; Public Health Report Lead; JPO-CM Project Lead
Kelly Morning, MPH received her graduate degree in 2015 with an emphasis in social and behavioral health. She has worked in the areas of public health evaluation, program coordination, and non-profit management. Ms. Morning has served as a technical assistance partner for several training and evaluation projects throughout the state of Nevada and has been involved in international health education projects throughout the world. Ms. Morning has collaborated with state and local health authorities, non-profit partners, and academic institutions on a variety of topics including diabetes prevention and control, anti-bullying projects, HIV/AIDS strategic plans and associated compliance, and workforce development initiatives.
Melanie Flores, MSW, Field Education Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Community Internship Site Compliance Lead; Website Administrator; Undergraduate Field Education Lead; SANE Project Coordinator; Perspectives in Public Health Podcast Lead
Melanie Flores, MSW is the Assistant Field Education Coordinator for the Nevada Public Health Training Center within the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Ms. Flores has her Master in Social Work degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and has worked extensively for the last six years in public health concentrating efforts in program development, program evaluation, quality improvement and policy in the fields of Chronic Disease and HIV/AIDS. Previous to public health, she spent 12 years working in commercial radio as a program director and on-air personality. Ms. Flores is a founding member of the Nevada Public Health Alliance for Safety Access (PHASA), which pushed forth two major pieces of health policy legislation in Nevada related to syringe services programs and naloxone access to prevent opioid overdose deaths. Ms. Flores was recognized for her work by the Northern Nevada HIV Prevention Planning Group through a HIV Prevention and Care Community Award for her policy work to increase access to syringe service programs in Nevada.
Monica Udahl, Communications Associate (email@example.com)
News Story Coordinator; MH-Squared Newsletter Lead; Social Media; Photography and Videography
Monica Udahl is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno in the School of Community Health Sciences and will graduate in Spring 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Sciences, Kinesiology and a Minor in Developmental Disabilities. After spending time in Rwanda, Ms. Udhal found a new love for public health. The international experience inspired Udahl to focus on heath communications. Udahl plans on pursuing a Master of Public Health and an ultimate career as a Physician’s Assistant. In addition to her continued with the Niyo Cultural Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, Udahl joined the Nevada Public Health Training Center in February of 2018 as the Communications Associate, working on journalism projects and social media outreach for the NVPHTC.
The Public Health ECHO clinic is co-presented by the Nevada Public Health Training Center and Project ECHO-Nevada. This ECHO series targets those working in public health, clinical providers, and aspiring professionals. Presenters, drawn from a pool of local and regional experts, share experiences and best practices on a wide variety of public health issues.
Public Health ECHO Clinics are held on the second Friday of every month from 10am-11am. The webinars are free to attend, but registration is required. Registration links for each Public Health ECHO can be found at https://publichealthecho.eventbrite.com
Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment
In collaboration with the Western Region Public Health Training Center, the NVPHTC implements a Public Health Core Competency Self-Assessment and Training Preferences Survey (PHCCSTPS) to local health departments. This assessment is used as an online tool for assessing the skill sets and identifying the training needs of public health workers, and for supporting the workforce-development plans required for public health department accreditation. Questions on this assessment are tailored for four different tiers of workforce (support staff, entry-level health professionals, mid-level managers, and senior/executive managers). Nevada conducted the first assessment in 2015 and is implementing a follow up in early 2019.
NVPHTC staff conducts baseline interviews and monthly assessments with Nevadans participating in the Oregon Social Learning Center’s Juvenile Probation Officers-Contingency Management (JPO-CM) research study. The JPO-CM study proposes to increase access to an evidence-based practice (Contingency Management [CM]) for youth in the juvenile justice system. The study will examine the feasibility of integrating an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) evidence-based practice into the work of juvenile probation officers (JPOs). The researchers’ aim is to provide evidence that JPOs can effectively deliver an evidence-based intervention as a means to ultimately decrease AOD use and other public health-related behaviors (i.e., criminal behaviors, HIV/STI sexual risk behaviors) among these high-risk adolescents.
NVPHTC provides technical consultation services to the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Services include building and administering online professional development training modules, managing participant tracking and evaluations, and related technical support.
Through a partnership with the Western Region Public Health Training Center, the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, NVPHTC has received a three-year federal grant to provide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners training and certification to expand services to sexual assault victims in rural areas of Nevada. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. Many rural communities lack access to certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. The funding for the SANE program is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration Advanced Nurse Education Sexual Nurse Assault Examiner program.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit (AMSS) Series is an annual education training workshop for the operational implementation of stewardship at the clinical setting. The NVPHTC works with stakeholders in the planning, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of two summits held in both Reno and Las Vegas targeting skilled nursing and long-term acute care facilities.
NVPHTC has extensive experience with professional development trainings and conference planning. NVPHTC has implemented in-person trainings throughout Nevada such as Public Health 101, HIV 101, Program Planning, Program Evaluation, Outreach and Engagement, and Cultural Humility. NVPHTC also has conducted wide variety of research projects that include survey development and analysis, focus group facilitation and analysis, strategic planning sessions, and accreditation consultation. In 2018, NVPHTC planned and hosted the IMPACT Conference to bring together frontline health workers and leaders from across Nevada and the nation. The purpose of this conference was to encourage breaking down silos and promoting the use of community-based public health professionals for improving community health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and innovating health systems.
NVPHTC is committed to global health research and practice at partnering sites throughout the world. The NVPHTC leads active research and practice projects in Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Turkey, Czech Republic, China, Bangladesh, Paraguay and Peru. NVPHTC is excited to offer ongoing international fieldwork programs to provide hands-on training experiences to students. These engaged practice courses allow students the opportunity to fully emerge themselves into local cultures while applying their public health knowledge across the world.