At the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice (MCPHP), our team collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to improve population health through public health workforce development. Located at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, MCPHP offers a continuum of consulting services and technical assistance for practice organizations. By linking workforce development initiatives to the strategic needs of partner organizations, we provide customized solutions to address the current challenges in public health practice.

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Registration Open for the Year 20 Mid America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute

Registration is now open for the twentieth class of the Mid America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute. The theme for Year 20, “Leadership and Community Transformation,” will provide Fellows a unique opportunity to build personal leadership skills, professional networks, and to interact with national public health experts.  Speakers will address issues related to comprehensive prevention planning, community change, and the role of systems thinking in public health leadership. This year’s institute will include two face-to-face conferences, as well as online learning. The Kickoff Conference will be April 11-13, 2012. A new online course will supplement two face-to-face conferences and team projects. Please consider nominating a colleague, or applying yourself!

To register, click here.

For more program information, click here.

For additional information, please contact Geoffrey Downie, gdownie@uic.edu

Preparedness & Emergency Response Mini-Grants for Organizations in Illinois

In January 2012, IPERLC will make approximately $40,000 available to support Illinois organizations in their preparedness and emergency response activities, and will offer individual grants of up to $4,500. Eligible organizations include

  • local health departments;
  • primary care clinics, including stand-alone and federally qualified; and
  • community-based organizations such as non-profits, faith-based, and schools.

A wide variety of projects will be eligible for funding. This will include providing training activities, running exercises, developing response plans, and conducting needs assessments. The RFP contains additional examples and guidelines for acceptable uses of grant funding.

To view the RFP package and short application form, click here: RFP Package and Proposal Application

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, January 13, online casino 2012.
  • Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2012.

On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. CST, IPERLC presented an informational webinar for applicants to learn more about the grant opportunity and to help prepare for the application submission.  The following link is to the recorded session that was conducted: Recorded Mini-Grant Webinar

To view Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Mini-Grants RFP FAQ page, or you may submit questions to Geri Aglipay at 312-413-3560 or aglipay@uic.edu.

Get Ready for National Preparedness Month!

September is National Preparedness Month!

September 27-28, 2011: Policy 101 – Successful Policy Development

This introductory training in September was presented by Uncommon Solutions and provided two main components: one, an overview of the most critical frameworks and concepts that provide for the foundation for policy, systems and environmental change; and, two, a guided approach to all of the key steps to successful policy development. This includes the “who” – developing and maintaining relationships and coalitions, and the “how” – identifying policy issues, options and prioritizing the best options, developing an advocacy plan, and then supporting implementation and evaluation.  For more information on MCPHP’s trainings and events, visit our Trainings & Events page.

Sept 22, 2011: Engaging Community Health Centers and Local Health Departments

A workshop sponsored by MidAmerica Public Health Training Center and presented by the Primary Care Development Corporation, was provided for Community Health Centers located Battlestar Galactica slot near the Chicago area on September 22, 2011 on emergency preparedness.  An overview of emergency preparedness was conducted, as well as a specific focus on lessons learned, best practices, and introductory information regarding the building blocks of a comprehensive emergency management program (CEMP) for community health centers.