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Research and Training Centers

ASPPH plays a leadership role in strengthening the capacity of the public health workforce through its management and support of several federallyfunded initiatives, including a number of centers funded by CDC and HRSA. 

CDC Funded Centers 

Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program (AgFF) 

The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Program (AgFF) is a component of a partnership begun by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to improve workplace safety.  Its research and education activities aim to prevent and reduce the occupational injury and illness of workers employed in farming, forestry, and fishing, which have three of the highest injury and fatality rates of any U.S. industry. 

Education Research Centers (ERC) 

Education and Research Centers (ERCs) are funded by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  They provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, occupational safety, and other fields of occupational safety and health.  The ERCs are a major part of a network of training grants that help ensure the supply of qualified professional occupational safety and health practitioners and researchers.  All 18 university-based ERCs are based at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. 

Injury Control Research Centers (ICRC) 

CDC’s Injury Control Research Centers (ICRC), funded by the CDC’s Injury Prevention and Control, study ways to prevent injuries and violence and work with community partners to put research findings into action. The ICRC Program forms a national network of nine comprehensive academic research centers that focus on three core functions—research, training, and outreach. 

Prevention Research Centers (PRC) 

CDC’s academic-based prevention research program, authorized by Congress in 1984, includes support for 26 centers that are university-basedThe centers are funded by the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Selected through a competitive process and located at CEPH-accredited schools of public health or medical schools with preventive medicine residency programs, these centers conduct community-based participatory prevention research to drive community change with a special focus on chronic disease prevention. Through rigorous research, each center conducts at least one main project with an underserved population that has high rates of disease and disability. Funding is provided to develop, test, and evaluate effective interventions that are then broadly disseminated. 

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) 

Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, ASPPH supported the work of the PERLC, which were located at 14 CEPH-accredited ASPPH-member schools of public health. The PERLC developed, delivered, and evaluated core competencybased preparedness and response training and education that target the public health workforce and addresses the public health preparedness and response needs of state, local, and tribal public health authorities. 

Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRC) 

Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, Office of Public Health Preparedness and ResponseASPPH supported the work of the PERRC, housed in nine CEPH-accredited ASPPH-member schools of public health. The PERRC conducted public health systems research to examine the organization, function, capabilities, and performance in the public health system as it prepares for, and responds to, potential threats and hazards. 

HRSA Funded Centers 

Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice (Centers of Excellence) 

Centers of Excellence in MCH Education, Science and Practice, supported by the HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, strengthen and expand the MCH workforce by training graduate and post-graduate public health students in MCH, including placements with MCH organizations and involvement in MCH faculty research activities. Selected through a competitive process and located at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health the centers also work closely with Title V agencies and community organizations to provide subject matter expertise and strengthen academic-practice partnerships. Through the Centers of Excellence Programs, MCHB also supports doctoral-level training in MCH Epidemiology and promotes career pathways into MCH academia through postdoctoral fellowships and support for junior faculty in maternal and child health.  

Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program (Catalyst Program) 

The Catalyst Program, an initiative funded by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides funding to CEPH-accredited schools of public health to provide an increased focus on fundamental MCH content and competencies where no concentration currently exists, and provide MCH content exposure to an increased number of public health students, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds who are also underrepresented in the MCH field, introducing students to careers in the maternal and child health field. 

Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) 

The Public Health Training Center (PHTC) program,  funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are partnerships between CEPH-accredited schools of public health, related academic institutions, and public health agencies and organizations. The PHTC program focuses on strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce. The PHTCs are required to fulfill  statutory requirements, as outlined by HRSA.