Community Based Training Partners

To fulfill the objectives of the Center, we partner with four organizations that act as community based training partners, technical assistance providers, or both. These institutions help us further the mission and fulfill the objectives of our Center.

Rutgers’ CPHWD has been providing continuing education opportunities for public health professionals for more than 25 years, particularly in the government sector. Serving as a Community Based Partner and Technical Assistance Provider for the Region 2 Public Health Training Center, CPHWD remains the primary training organization for New Jersey’s public health workforce. In addition, CPHWD provides occupational safety and health training for those working with hazardous waste, asbestos, lead, and in construction. The faculty and staff of CPHWD have expertise in training, adult learning, survey research, occupational safety, environmental health, public health accreditation, health education, and LGBT health disparities.

Co-Investigator, Mitchel Rosen
Mitchel Rosen is the Director of the Center of Public Health Workforce Development and Associate Professor in the Urban-Global Public Health Department at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Since 1988, he has managed the training of over 750,000 workers in occupational safety and health, environmental health, and public health education. Mitchel also has leadership experience in the PHTC program, acting as Co-Investigator of the New York New Jersey PHTC from 2001 to 2011, Principal Investigator of the NJ PHTC from 2011 to 2014, and Co-Investigator of the Region 2 PHTC since 2014. Through his existing work projects, Mitchel has extensive interactions with the public health workers in NJ. Mitchel is the PI of several programs, including the Atlantic Center for Occupational Health and Safety Training (funded by NIEHS) and the Continuing Education and Outreach Programs for the NY/NJ Education and Research Center (funded by NIOSH). Additionally, Mitchel serves as PI of several projects including Five Minutes to Help Instructor Training (funded by the New Jersey Department of Health) and STOP Sexual Violence (funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families).

PhD, Rutgers University
MS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, University of Rhode Island

Memberships and Certifications

Program Director, Public Health Activities, Colleen McKay Wharton
Colleen is a Program Director at Rutgers University School of Public Health and manages projects for the Rutgers CPHWD. In her previous role managing the NJ PHTC, she oversaw multiple training needs assessments with the membership of several public health organizations, and the development and implementation of more than 100 classroom and live-stream learning opportunities, which have engaged all tiers of the New Jersey public health workforce. In addition, Colleen has helped develop and enhance numerous strong partnerships through collective program planning, and shared public health initiatives in which the NJPHTC played a lead role. As a Masters-level Certified Health Education Specialist, she is well versed in adult learning theory and practice, curriculum development and program implementation. In addition, with 20+ years of experience in local and state level public health organizations, Colleen has a keen understanding of the community services and programs provided by governmental public health agencies and the many challenges now facing those organizations.

MA, Montclair State University
BA, Rutgers University

Memberships and Certifications

Program Coordinator, Kendra Julien
Kendra Julien, MPH, serves as the CPHWD Program Coordinator and is responsible for facilitating the Center’s monthly webinars, and other statewide training initiatives. She has over nine years’ experience as a public health professional, with significant expertise in maternal and child health, vaccine-preventable diseases, environmental health, and planning health and wellness events. Kendra’s experience includes workforce development and training for public and private healthcare providers, with a particular emphasis on providing technical assistance to healthcare providers in the state’s Federally Qualified Health Centers on vaccine preventable diseases. In addition, as a health educator, she has provided extensive community outreach and education in a variety of medically underserved communities in eight counties in northern New Jersey. Kendra received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, as well as her MPH (with a concentration in Community Health Education and Health Promotion) from Montclair State University.

MPH, Montclair State University 2014
BA, Sociology, Montclair State University 2010

Memberships and Certifications

Organized in 1979, NYSACHO is a non-profit membership association representing the 58 local health departments in New York State. NYSACHO members include health commissioners, public health directors, deputy commissioners, environmental health directors, and directors of patient services. Through its members and staff, NYSACHO seeks to build upon its strong collaborative partnerships with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and other academic and health-related organizations in designing and implementing effective public health policies.

Sarah RavenhallCo-Investigator, Sarah Ravenhall
Sarah Ravenhall joined NYSACHO as their new Executive Director in December 2017. Sarah is an expert in healthcare program management with interest in chronic disease management and utilizing data to drive strategic planning efforts. From 2015 to 2017, Sarah acted as the Program Manager for New York State Department of Health’s Population Health Improvement Program as part of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. With over ten years of experience, she has led a diverse array of initiatives in hospital and public health settings. In her role at Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Sarah was recruited to manage and implement the population health improvement program where her primary responsibilities included optimizing program processes, setting strategic program vision, oversight of fiscal management, leading workgroup projects, measuring program impact and increasing program visibility at the national and state level.

MHA,, Seton Hall University
BS, Hofstra University

Memberships and Certifications
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Leaders of New York
American Public Health Association
Society for Public Health Education, Greater New York Chapter

Senior Program Manager, Molly Fleming, MPH
Molly is a Senior Program Manager at the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) where she serves as the key liaison for NYSACHO’s Vaccine Equity and Early Intervention grant activities. Molly also provides support on NYSACHO and Region 2 Public Health Training Center collaborative projects, including an In-Progress Review of local health department response to COVID-19 and an Enumeration Study of New York’s local public health workforce. Molly joined the NYSACHO Team in 2019. Prior to joining NYSACHO, Molly worked as a research assistant on the Upstate KIDS Study and the Albany Infant and Mothers Study at the University at Albany, School of Public Health. She also worked in the New York State Department of Health, Office of Quality and Patient Safety on a project to improve colorectal cancer screening rates among Medicaid Managed Care enrollees.

MPH, UAlbany School of Public Health
BS, SUNY Albany

Cristina Dyer-DrobnackCo-Project Manager, Cristina Dyer-Drobnack
Cristina Dyer-Drobnack is Program Director for NYSACHO. Cristina joined NYSACHO in 1994 and is the longest tenured professional staff person at the association. Cristina provides oversight and coordination of all association grant/contract activities and supervises contract staff for the Association’s Professional Education and Public Health Leadership Program. She plays a lead role in the development, planning, direction, and supervision of education and public health leadership programs for all local health officials and health department staff, including NYSACHO’s Annual Public Health Leaders Summit. Cristina also serves as the lead staff person for NYSACHO’s “Campaign to ImmuNYze all New Yorkers”, providing oversight and content development for the campaign’s website and social media presence. Cristina provides technical assistance to local health departments on state public health statute and regulations. She is the lead staff person for legislative tracking and analysis and works with all association subject matter committees and the NYSACHO Board and Executive Director in developing and drafting association positions.

MS, Antioch University New England
BA, Lenoir-Rhyne College

Memberships and Certifications

Impactivo, LLC. is an impact-driven, minority and women-owned consulting firm located in San Juan, Puerto Rico that specializes in connecting population health, quality and financial value. Their team has worked with publicly traded health management organizations, multinational pharmaceuticals, hospitals, physician groups and community organizations in New York; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico. They transform health organizations by translating research and policy to action while building systemic, operational and strategic funding capacity. Their firm is the only recipient of an Affordable Care Act Patient Centered Oriented Research Institute Award in Puerto Rico and they were selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Emerging Leaders Program. Impactivo is also the first Certified B Corporation in Puerto Rico.

Maria Fernanda Levis-Peralta HeadshotCo-Investigator, Maria Fernanda Levis-Peralta

Maria is the Founder & CEO of Impactivo. As a Harvard-trained expert in health reform and social entrepreneurship, Maria has worked with thousands of physicians, primary care centers, and health systems to design and implement effective methodologies for addressing community health needs. She has led projects funded by prestigious organizations including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Maria’s innovative approach to personalized care and education has earned her a patent and recognition as one of the Top 100 Innovators & Entrepreneurs. She was also named one of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders for her dedication to health equity. She holds an MPH and an MPA from Harvard University.

MPH, Harvard University School of Public Health
MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

Bekah HeadshotBekah Curtis-Heald

Bekah is a Project Lead at Impactivo where she coordinates the Region 2 Public Health Training Center activities in Puerto Rico, as well as working to forge collaborations with other organizations to build initiatives that improve access to health care for all. She is a strong believer in the power of partnerships to advance equity and social progress. She previously worked at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City where she focused on health and disaster resilience and led CGI’s work in the Caribbean region through its Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London and a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health from George Washington University.

MSc, SOAS University of London
BA, The George Washington University

Sofia HeadshotSofia Ortiz-Beyley

Ms. Sofia A. Ortiz-Beyley is a talented Senior Project Coordinator at Impactivo, where she collaborates on grant-funded projects and research initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Gerontology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus. Sofia is dedicated to improving public health outcomes, particularly for the elderly population. As a committed and empathetic professional, she combines her academic background with practical experience to achieve impactful results.

MPH, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences
BA, University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón

Mileiza Headshot

Mileiza E. Charriez Cordero

Mileiza E. Charriez Cordero has been working as a Social Media Manager at Impactivo Consulting since April 2023, creating educational content, promoting health training and events, and coordinating educational webinars for R2PHTC. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, both from the University of Puerto Rico. Mileiza is a passionate advocate for human rights, respect, equity, and mental health. As a lifelong learner, she combines her academic background and practical experience with a commitment to improving public health and social well-being.

MPH Education, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences
BA, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Imani DanielFounder, Imani Daniel

Imani Daniel is a native Virgin Islander and the founder of Imkada Solutions, an Impact Maximization firm deeply rooted in good-will, equity, and vision-driven values. Imkada Solutions strives to leverage strategic consulting, transformational coaching, and resource-sharing communities to help clients live more fully by reframing their thinking, driving action, fostering growth, and actualizing their dreams. Imani has over eight years of professional experience in Program Management and over five years of intensive community development, disaster recovery, local health department engagement, CBO capacity building, and hazard mitigation professional experience. Recently, in collaboration with NNPHI’s Project ECHO, Imani drafted the curriculum for both the seven session ‘From Survive to Thrive COVID-19 Health Equity Implementation Best Practices Project ECHO’ and the three session ‘Knowledge, Narratives, and Numbers: Strategic Storytelling as a Foundation toward Transformation Project ECHO’

Imani is ancestrally rooted in the islands of the Northern Antilles, on Arawakan Taino land, now known as the Virgin Islands of the United States. This positionality gives her perceptive foresight of the climate change realities to come for both coastal and inland communities. Her history, DNA, and lived experience bestows her uncompromising lens of decolonization, black liberation, and free / autonomous personhood.

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Technical Assistance Provider, National Network of Public Health Institutes
As the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training (NCCPHT), the National Network of Public Health Institutes is a collaborative leader and facilitator of the Public Health Learning Network (PHLN), the nation’s most comprehensive system of public health educators, experts, and thought leaders. Together with our partners in the PHLN, the Regional Public Health Training Centers, we aim to advance public health practice and improve population health in the United States.

Director: Montrece Ransom
Senior Program Manager: Laura Prechter
Training Associates: Serena A. McCovery and Caitlin Moore

Who is the Public Health Training Center Network?

We are a consortium of regional Public Health Training Centers that collectively represent the nation’s most comprehensive resource for public health workforce development. We help sustain a skilled public health workforce by providing access to world-class professional development, experiential learning, and consulting and technical assistance.

Map of Public Health Training Centers.

The work of our Center is possible due to funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA funds schools of public health to expand and enhance training opportunities for current and future public health workers, especially on technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center