UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences
The CALPACT program at UC Davis provides online and in-person education for working and emerging public health professionals.
The UC Davis Program in Public Health and Health System serves 33 counties in Northern California, covering more than 65,000 square miles, and 6 million residents. Many of these are rural counties with few opportunities for ongoing professional education. UC Davis CALPACT seeks to fill this gap by providing free, accessible training opportunities.
Specifically, UC Davis CALPACT engages in the following four activities:
- Host approximately 20 live webinars each year on emerging topics in public health (e.g., One Health, immigration and health) as well as skills necessary for effective public health practice (e.g., finding and interpreting local data). Archived webinars are featured on the UC Davis CALPACT website.
- Provide online educational opportunities, including video and interactive short courses. Examples include lectures from the recent California Public Health Association North meeting and the keynote speaker from the Public Health Week Symposium at UC Davis.
- Host small regional training workshops in Northern California counties on skill building topics such as proposal writing and budgeting. These workshops are co-hosted by local agencies who provide a room for the workshop and publicity to local constituents. UC Davis hires the trainer, reviews the workshop curriculum, and coordinates registration.
- Provide four stipends each year for UC Davis Masters in Public Health (MPH) students to conduct their practica in community clinics, county health departments, and local non-profit agencies. Student placements have included work with homeless youth, preventing heat illness among farmworkers, and training promotores (lay outreach workers) using handheld technology.
Associate Director, Diana Cassady, DrPH
Diana Cassady, DrPH, directs the CALPACT Program at UC Davis. She is also the Associate Director of the MPH Program at UC Davis where she teaches a class on social and behavioral sciences, and is faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences where she conducts research in community nutrition and tobacco control.
Diana Cassady, DrPH
Department of Public Health Sciences
UC Davis School of Medicine