The Tennessee Long-Distance Internet Facilitated Educational Program for Applied Training in Health (Tennessee LIFEPATH) is a workforce development partnership aimed at public health employees in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee LIFEPATH’s mission is to provide a home for the collaborative partnership between Tennessee’s academic public health training providers and the Tennessee’s public health workforce, and to provide comprehensive, competency-based training for that workforce. LIFEPATH’s vision is to be a vital collaboration that will provide multiple entry points for public health workers to obtain public health education and training designed to improve their skills, experiences, and competencies. LIFEPATH provides a wide range of academic and non-academic programs to assure that Tennessee’s public health workforce has the knowledge, skills, and training to meet Tennessee’s present and forthcoming health challenges. Tennessee LIFEPATH is housed at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health.
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is one of six universities governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents under the oversight of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. ETSU has a long-standing commitment to promoting health across Tennessee and throughout the central Appalachia region. This commitment includes extensive research and service programs conducted in the region, and a wide range of educational programs offered through the five health science Colleges and other units. The ETSU College of Public Health is a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited School of Public Health, the only one in Tennessee and the only one in central Appalachia. It is also an ASPPH-member school. Providing a full range of educational programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level, and with extensive experience providing online education, ETSU COPH is very well positioned to address the training needs of working professionals in the State and region.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Interprofessional Collaboration
- Academic-Practice Partnerships
- Appalachian Health Outcomes
- Community Health Assessment
- Leadership Development
- Tennessee Department of Health
- Tennessee Public Health Association
- University of Memphis
- Meharry Medical College
- University of Tennessee-Knoxville
- National Association of City and County Health Officials
- Public Health Training/Continuing Education
- Needs Assessment and Collaborative Development
- Practice, Faculty, Student Collaboration
- Student Field Placements
Paula Masters, MPH, HCMC
Paula Masters is the Assistant Dean of Student Services and Director of the Tennessee Public Health Training Center-LIFEPATH at East Tennessee State University. She is also Clinical Instructor for the Health Services Management and Policy Department and Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of 5 federal/state grants. Before coming to ETSU, she was with the Tennessee Department of Health for over 7 years. Paula has a Masters of Public Health in Health Services Administration, certification in Health Care Management, and is currently in the public health doctoral program at ETSU. She has conducted extensive work in the area of health promotion, local health systems, community mobilization, and community facilitation. Paula is very active in the Tennessee Public Health Association, where she has served as both a member and chair of many committees and served as President in 2014.