First students selected for PHTC Field Placement Program
June 10, 2011
Eleven graduate students at the Arnold School of Public Health have been selected as the first to participate in the Field Placement Program of the S.C. Public Health Training Center (PHTC).
They include Julian Owens, Amy Teixeira, Chao Li, Deepika Shrestha, Tramaine Paul, Joseph Alemany, Jarvis Carter, Irene Okech, Kelly Johnson, Katheryn Rawlings, and Leah Williams. The students will receive a stipend for their work.
The center was established last year with a $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Arnold School's Office of Public Health Practice. The grant included funding for the Field Placement Program, which is part of the PHTC.
The program connects highly qualified students from throughout the Arnold School with positions at S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) sites throughout the state, said Dr. Lillian Smith, director of the Arnold School's Office of Public Health Practice and one of the lead investigators of the PHTC.
DHEC sites and partnering agencies with critical needs submitted Field Placement opportunities to the PHTC for consideration. After posting the positions, the PHTC facilitated the matching process, which led to the selection of students who were considered the best fit for the projects' needs and requirements.
The first cohort of students selected for the PHTC Field Placement Program had their orientation in May and are working at their assigned locations. Their summer projects include community assessment, epidemiological analysis, analysis of health indicators, health administration, and grant development. They will reassemble later in the summer to share their experiences.
The Field Placement Program contributes to the PHTC's goal of further building the relationship between the Arnold School and state public health practitioners by developing collaborative projects, while assuring equal access of the center's resources to rural, underserved populations, Smith said.