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Oct. 11, 2006

UI Center Receives Funding To Train Public Health Professionals

The University of Iowa Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center (UMPHTC) has received $391,927 in renewed funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to aid in the recruitment and development of public health professionals in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

According to UMPHTC director Christopher Atchison, professor of health management and policy, these three states face similar public health challenges. All three states have rural and aging populations, and their public health workforce is widely dispersed in small rural communities.

"With the baby boom generation's health professionals retiring and new public health threats emerging, it is vital that we bring new people into the field and enable the existing workforce to update their skills," said Atchison, who is also associate dean for public health practice in the UI College of Public Health and interim director of the UI Hygienic Laboratory. "The grant from HHS will allow us to continue building the public health workforce in these states."

Based in the UI College of Public Health, UMPHTC provides education and training on the latest public health techniques and practices for public health professionals and students. UMPHTC is part of a network of 14 Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources Services Administration. For more information about UMPHTC visit their Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,