Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Welcome to the Center for Public Health Practice and Research (CPHPR) at Georgia Southern University!
The CPHPR at Georgia Southern University is committed to engaging in efforts to improve the health status of rural and underserved communities primarily through the effective application of health promotion and primary prevention. Consistent with the College’s mission, the Center seeks to be recognized as a leader in the area of public health practice by serving as a valuable resource to rural and underserved populations in the Southeastern US. The philosophy of the Center is active community engagement. In retrospect, we are pleased to have been able to provide our clients with technical assistance, education, public health research, program evaluation and other consulting health consulting services. That having been said, we invite you to join us in our journey to promote health and improve the quality of life of those who live in rural and underserved communities in both the state of Georgia, the surrounding region and globally.
Initially established as the Office of Rural Health, the CPHPR has experienced considerable transition in more than a quarter-century of service to the state of Georgia and the southeast United States. To more effectively reach rural and underserved communities, the Center resides in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.
Charles Owens, MSA, Center Director
Angie Peden, MPH, Center Asst. Director
The Center for Public Health Practice and Research engages in efforts to improve the health status of rural and underserved communities through provision of high-level technical assistance, education, public health research, and program/process evaluation services to public and rural health agencies, organizations and other business models. Consistent with the College’s mission, the Center seeks to be recognized as a leader in the area of outreach to the public health practice community by serving as a valuable resource to rural and underserved populations in the Southeast.
The philosophy of the Center is active community engagement at local, state and national levels. The Center will facilitate relationships with Georgia’s rural and public health systems and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health faculty and students.
Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this non-profit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. GRHA understands that the rural areas in our state are unique and differ greatly from urban areas in our state. These rural communities and those who provide healthcare services to them require educational programs and support tailored to their specific needs.
GRHA is recognized for providing exceptional educational opportunities focused on primary care billing, coding & reimbursement, including specific training targeting Rural Health Clinics.
The Center for Public Health Practice and Research proudly serves as the administrative home for GRHA.
The JPHCOPH CPHPR proudly offers the following services:
- Assessment and Evaluations
- Health System Planning and Evaluations
- Community Health Needs Assessments
- Health Impact Assessments
- Service Line Assessments & Evaluations
- Workforce Assessments & Evaluations
- Evaluation modeling & design
- National Public Health Accreditation (Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB))
- Readiness and Preparedness Consulting and Evaluation
- Financial & Operational consulting for health care organizations
- Board & Foundation Development
- Event Planning and Facilitation
- Training and Education customized for defined target audience
- Health Policy Design and Evaluation
- Business Plan and Program Plan development
- Fundraising Plan Design
- Data gathering and analysis, relating to health, financial, service delivery, policy, health policy, etc.
- Administrative home of the Georgia Rural Health Association
- GA EMS Leadership Training: GA EMS Association
- GA EMS 2020, a Focus on the Future: GA EMS Association
- FLEX Financial and Operational Improvement Grant: Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health
- Georgia Rural Hospital Evaluation Project: Healthcare Georgia Foundation
- National Public Health Accreditation Technical Assistance: GA Department of Public Health, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and Georgia’s Public Health Districts
Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Georgia Southern University
Hendricks Hall, Room 1027
PO Box: 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Last updated: 5/4/2017