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APTR-CDC Cooperative Agreement


Academic Partnerships to Improve Health focuses on improving the health of individuals and communities through workforce activities to enhance population health education for medical, nursing, and public health students. Since 1984, APTR has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve and increase partnerships and interprofessional collaborations to improve health outcomes and health equity. APTR, along with three other associations, is the recipient of the CDC Cooperative Agreement: "Collaboration with Academia to Strengthen Public Health Workforce Capacity."

Current Initiatives

  • Health In All Education Project [Link]
    APTR has convened representatives from  law, economics, environmental engineering, informatics, social work, and undergraduate liberal arts to make recommendations for integrating population health content into their curricula.
  • Community Learning and Social Medicine Experience
    APTR connects CDC fellows with Emory medical students for a multi-disciplinary, community-based rotation experience in public health and population health in the Atlanta, GA area. 

  • Population Health Education Specialists
    Provides doctoral-level faculty experts from medical, health professions, and public health programs to develop and refine CDC fellowship competencies and curricula and deliver training workshops to CDC fellows in specific competency areas in public health.
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine Publishing Opportunities [Link]
    The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is the official APTR journal publishing articles in the areas of prevention research, teaching, practice and policy. CDC CIOs may fund supplements in AJPM that disseminate best practices and build the scientific and programmatic evidence base. Since 1988, over 90 issues have been published by the CDC to disseminate translational research and practice on topics selected by CDC CIOs.

  • Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice [Link]

    This module was developed by the four national associations that comprise the CDC APIH initiative with expertise and guidance provided by CDC. The self-paced, interactive learning module is divided into three chapters-outpatient clinic, local public health department, and multidisciplinary meeting after the outbreak has resolved. The scenario is based on a multi-state foodborne outbreak that occurred in 2015-16 to demonstrate the importance of interprofessional practice among health professionals to improve and protect population health in the context of a foodborne outbreak.


Grant Funding: Workforce Improvement Projects

APTR periodically announces funding opportunities for APTR and/or APTR members institutions and faculty. Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs) are public health practice projects proposed and funded by CDC programs. 

  • Mini Course for Public Health Professionals: Foundations of Population Health Science and Practice
    CDC Funding Center: Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS)
    Year 1 Funding: $87,300
     Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
    Rosalind Franklin University Medicine Science (RFUMS) will develop a workforce training program on population health science basics for incumbent workers in the public health sector. The online training program will be developed using evidenced-based research as the foundation for creating individual precision skills training programs that address the employee skill gap, allowing incumbent workers to upskill/re-skill to perform current job functions. Training programs and related efforts will include developing and implementing: an evidence-based needs assessment of Public Health workers; curricula for Public Health workers in gap areas of population health sciences; and a series of mini-courses of role-specific technical and clinical training in population health science domains.
  • Case in Point: A Problem-Solving Experience in Population Health
    CDC Funding Center: Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS)
    Funding: $120,00
    Awardee: Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University 
    Case in Point is intended to respond to the critical need for multidisciplinary training materials for population health. The case-based experience is designed to strengthen skills in the areas of communication, leadership, and problem-solving within the context of a real-world population health scenario.

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