The Texas Public Health Training Center (TPHTC) is a training resource for current and future public health workers in the State of Texas. Through a partnership with the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, the University of North Texas School of Public Health, and The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health, we collaborate with community organizations, and health care delivery systems to provide competency-based training and education for the public health workforce.
Through online, face-to-face in-person training programs, TPHTC provides training to the public health workforce. Our training and education is also available to school nurses and community health workers, social workers, non-profit organizations; academic institutions; corporations, as well as other sectors.TPHTC is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Certified Training Center for Community Health Workers and the National Center for Healthy Homes.
What is a Community Health Worker?
"A person who, with or without compensation is a liaison and provides cultural mediation between health care and social services, and the community. A promotor(a) or community health worker: is a trusted member, and has a close understanding of, the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served. A promotor(a) or community health worker assists people to gain access to needed services and builds individual, community, and system capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, patient navigation and follow-up, community health education and information, informal counseling, social support, advocacy, and participation in clinical research."
-Texas Department of State Health Services
Community Health Worker Certification
Community Health Workers are an important link between individuals and the health care and social service systems within the community. CHWs work with clinics, hospitals, social service programs, academic institutions, health departments and community based organizations.
UTHealth School of Public Health is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Certified Training Center for Community Health Workers. The UTHealth School of Public Health training program consists of 160-hours of instruction via classroom and distance learning.
The course focuses on the eight core competencies for CHWs:
-Knowledge of Specific Health Issues
It prepares participants to apply for CHW certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Healthy Homes Training for Public Health Practitioners & Community Health Workers
TPHTC is a training partner of the National Center for Healthy Housing. The Healthy Homes program provides training and technical assistance to public health practitioners, community health workers/promotoras and housing authorities to demonstrate and promote cost-effective, preventive measures to correct multiple health and safety hazards in low and very low income homes. Indoor environmental hazards can potentially produce severe illness and injuries to the children of these homes. Through utilizing a holistic approach to improve indoor air quality, fostering lead safe practices, and implementing integrated pest management controls in the home, it is anticipated that these trainings will lead to a decrease in asthmatic episodes requiring hospitalization, childhood lead poisoning, and acute pesticide poisoning.
Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners – If you visit homes to provide health or inspection services of any type, you will benefit from this 2-day course which helps participants gain an understanding of the connection between health and housing. The training takes a holistic approach in the identification of housing related hazards and the actions that can be taken to improve the health and well-being of residents. Prepares participants to take the Healthy Housing Specialist Exam.
Who should attend: environmental health professionals, housing code inspectors, public health nurses, energy auditors and weatherization specialists, pest management professionals and property managers. CEUs are available.
Healthy Homes for Community Health Workers – This full-day course trains CHWs and other paraprofessionals to provide individual and large group education on healthy homes, provide general advice about specific housing-related hazards, and be able to recommend low-cost and no-cost solutions to be taken by families, landlords and community members. CEUs are available.
Other Healthy Homes Trainings:
- Code Inspection for Healthy Homes
- Integrated Pest Management for Multi-Family Housing
- Health Opportunities for Energy Audits and Upgrades
- Healthy Homes Rating System
- Launching a Healthy Homes Initiative
For more information on this program, please contact Rosalia Guerrero at 713.500.9395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas Public Health Training Center offers face-to-face and online training. Trainings focus on providing work force development and continuing educating to public health professionals, school nurses, community health workers and others working in NGOs and community based organizations in the State of Texas.
The following web-based trainings are available: http://publichealthtrainingcenters.org/
Trainings can be accessed by typing the name of the selected course into the search box.
- Public Health Law
- Principles of Public Health Practice
- Rapid Needs Assessment
TPHTC has archived Grand Rounds from the past few years. Archived recordings can be viewed anytime by selecting one of the following links:
- Check back soon for the TPHTC Grand Rounds Schedule
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
UTHealth School of Public Health
1200 Pressler Street, E905
Houston, TX 77030
Linda E. Lloyd, PhD, MBA, MSW
Titilola Balogun, MBBS, MPH
Nayeema Ahmed, MPA, MS
Contact us at:
tphtc.houston via Skype
Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
School of Rural Public Health
College Station, TX 77843
University of North Texas Health Science Center
University of North Texas School of Public Health
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Nuha Lackan, PhD