MPHA Awarded APHA Grant
The Montana Public Health Association (MPHA) has been pleased to receive past funding and during the last cycle developed a website that linked local health departments (LHDs) to Masters of Public Health (MPH) students. The linkage provided an opportunity for LHDs to receive help with accreditation projects while simultaneously providing an MPH student a unique practicum project.
However, MPHA has identified that rural and frontier health departments feel ill prepared to choose a meaningful project for a practicum student. MPHA is requesting funding to expand upon the past work and overcome this barrier.
The proposed objectives for this grant are:
1. To create functional templates that outline potential LHD practicum projects by February
2. To create a written guide on how to mentor students during the practicum journey by March 2016
3. To provide individualized guidance to LHDs on how to develop a practicum opportunity (utilizing the templates), how to apply for student using the MPHA website and how to utilize the practicum student in a manner that meets both the student and the LHD's needs. by June 16.
The overall goal of these objectives is to provide support and mentor ship to LHDs to ensure successful utilization of the MPHA website and the University of Montana partnership.
The development of the new services will be done in collaboration with the University of Montana and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Four local health departments have already requested to participate in this project (Teton County, Pondera County, Valley County, and Lincoln County).