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.

Latest News and Events

Registration Open for 8th Annual Rural Public Health Institute

The Mid-America Public Health Training Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health invites you to our 8th Annual Rural Public Health Institute at the Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL – Tuesday, March 13, 2012 – Thursday, March 15, 2012.

For the past 7 years, The Mid-America Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC) has been organizing the Rural Public Health Institute in Effingham, IL.  MAPHTC provides learning opportunities for the public health workforce through distance education and face-to-face conferences and is supported by the Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA), and is a member of the National Public Health Training Center Network.

The Rural Public Health Institute provides half and full day training workshops on current, timely topics in the area of Rural Public Health. The Institute is designed to provide an opportunity for professional growth, educational enrichment and networking to those professionals who work in the fields of rural public health, health care, chronic diseases, food safety, epidemiology, surveillance, emergency preparedness, agriculture, and education.

Featured Tracks:

Skills Building: Focuses on skills needed for a competent public health workforce

Preparedness: Focuses on preparing the public health community and workforce for disaster preparedness

Emerging Issues: Focuses on new trends in programs and policies for Rural Public Health

Hospital: Focuses on issues related to hospitals and the EMS community and their personnel

Please click HERE to register.

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Drill and Information Session

On February 7th, 2012 at 10.15 a.m., two student organizations in the EOHS
division will be joining more than 1 million people across nine states in
the largest Earthquake drill ever! This is the Great Central U.S. Shake Out
event. The purpose of Shake Out is to practice how to protect ourselves
during earthquakes, and to get prepared at work, school, and home. Everyone
can participate!

Join the UIC SPH American Society of Safety Engineers and American
Industrial Hygiene Association Student Sections as we join millions of
central U.S. residents who want to take quake-safe action when seconds


  • Drill – 10:15 am 2/7/12
    • EOHS (SPHW) Building – 2121 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL
  • Information Session- 12.00 pm – 2:00 pm 2/7/12
    • Room 932, UIC SPHPI – 1603 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL
    • Guest Speaker: Tony Dawson from The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
    • Bring your lunch. Desserts and Drinks will be provided.

This event is in collaboration with UIC Environmental Health  and Safety
Office, Illinois Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
(IPERLC) and the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and

If interested, RSVP to eorumw2@uic.edu or kt170306@ohio.edu by February 3rd, 2012.

For more information about The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, please visit this page: http://shakeout.org/centralus/

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!