Grant: $184,319 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Sep. 3, 2009
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Award Description: The major goals of the training program are to: (1) increase the number of well prepared public health care professionals working in national and local shortage fields and (2) increase the number of health care professionals who work in underserved communities. The award ?ARRA ? Public Health Traineeship Program to THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles, California? will be utilized to recruit and train professionals in (1) educational fields cited in section 767(b)(3) of the PHS Act as having a severe shortage of health professionals (epidemiology, environmental health, toxicology, nutrition, biostatistics, and maternal and child health); and (2) two additional areas for which a severe local shortage of professionals exists (health services and health education/promotion) and for which this shortage would be lessened by supporting trainee(s) in these areas. The School of Public Health at UCLA is internationally recognized for its contributions to both public health research and its commitment to eliminating health disparities through partnerships with local organizations and training students within the communities that they serve. UCLA is located within the city of Los Angeles, which is the second most populated city in the United States, and in Los Angeles County, which is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. Many of our students perform internships and/or go on to pursue careers in local Community Based Organizations, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, or the California Department of Public Health. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to both recruit students from a broad range of ethic, cultural and socio-demographic backgrounds and to train professionals to serve in Medically Underserved Communities (MUCs).
Project Description: ARRA funds will be used to provide stipend support and/or fees for students who are currently enrolled in programs of graduate study in the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles leading to one the following degrees: Masters of Public Health (MPH), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Masters of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). These funds requested will provide the students they support with considerably more flexibility in pursuing field training and internships working in MUCs, for which there is considerable local demand. For instance, all students pursuing the Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree are required to conduct a 400-hour field training or internship as part of their degree requirements, which is commonly performed the summer between their first and second years in the program. Receipt of the training grant funds will have a major secondary effect on our ability to increase our applicant pool to recruit students, particularly disadvantaged or minority students. In 2007, UCLA ranked 7 out of 40 accredited U.S. Schools of Public Health on multiple measures of student diversity, including the number of applications received from, and new enrollments of, students from under-represented populations. However, many of the students we most wish to recruit and retain come from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds: even prior to the economic slowdown, UCLA has one of the highest rates of Pell-Grant recipients of all institutions with CEPH-accredited Schools of Public Health.
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