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Online Mentor Program earns Association of Schools of Public Health Best Practice Award

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The Florida Public Health Training Center (FPHTC) received the Best Practice Award for its Online Mentor Program’s web-based portal. The honor was bestowed by the Association of Schools of Public Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration Annual Conference held in Rockville, Maryland on August 29-30.

The FPHTC, which develops and strengthens the public health workforce in Florida and nationally, is part of the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. The Online Mentor Program is designed to foster leadership development and expand the knowledge, skills, and abilities of participants, while providing a greater understanding of the Florida Department of Health’s missions and programs.

“What makes this program unique is the software developed by USF Health IT. This affords us the opportunity to engage many students and mentors by making the initial match and tracking their ongoing activities. Without this tool, we would be limited in the number of mentor-mentee relationships that we could support,” said Center director Dave Rogoff, MHA, BSIE.

The Florida Public Health Training Center is one of 37 national Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The training centers are partnerships between accredited schools of public health and public health agencies.

“We are delighted that ASPH recognized the efforts of the Florida Public Health Training Center. This program is a valuable tool for bridging the gap between theory and practice for public health students,” said Desiree Liburd, MPH, assistant program director of the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice.

To learn more about the Online Mentor Program and other opportunities with the Florida Public Health Training Center, click here.

Dave Rogoff, Desiree Liburd, and Dr. Adewale Troutman (not pictured), executive director of USF COPH Public Health Practice and Leadership, traveled to Maryland to receive the award. (l,r) Dave Rogoff, MHA, FPHTC director; Dr. Magnus Azuine, HRSA project officer; Dr. Kathy Hyer, associate professor and Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging director; Desiree Liburd, MPH, FPHTC assistant program director; and Rita Kelliher, ASPH senior director.

Story by Lisa Klos, USF College of Public Health