Another University of North Dakota Master of Public Health student has been awarded a stipend from the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center for a project she will complete this summer.
Second-year MPH student Alison Traynor will receive a stipend of $1,500 that supports field placements and collaborative learning projects. Traynor is among 20 students from several other colleges in the region selected for project proposals that address rural, medically underserved, and/or disadvantaged communities.
For her project, Traynor, a native of Bismarck, N.D., and the Suicide Prevention Program Director at North Dakota Department of Health, is pursuing a project entitled “North Dakota Suicide Prevention – Capacity Building Project.” Traynor’s project goals include: “ Analyze available ND Healthcare or community-level data to better understand the nature of suicide-related behaviors and death in North Dakota;  Build and facilitate ND Suicide Prevention Coalition working groups across ND to address six core projects identified through the strategic planning process and surveys; and  Develop and implement evidence-informed and culturally competent YouTube videos that inspire hope, suicide prevention, and intervention.”
The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) is one of 10 regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the regional PHTC Program is to improve the nation’s health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, and managerial and leadership competencies of the public health workforce. The RM-PHTC serves the six states of Health and Human Services Region VIII: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The four legislative requirements of the PHTCs are to (1) establish or strengthen field placements for students; (2) facilitate faculty and student collaborative projects; (3) designate a geographic area to be served; and (4) assess health personnel needs of the area to be served and develop training to meet such needs.