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APHA 2021 Annual Meeting – Envisioning and Building the Public Health Workforce of the Future: The Critical Role of Partnerships

Category: Program

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Location: Virtual Meeting

Start Date: 10/25/2021

End Date: 10/25/2021

As we work to reinforce and rebuild the public health workforce, now is the time to strengthen connections within the public health system. Partnerships between health departments and academic institutions – academic health department (AHD) partnerships – have long helped to bridge the gap between public health practice and academic public health and have played a critical role as the nation responds to COVID-19. AHD partnerships have been instrumental in developing guidance for COVID-19 response; conducting contact tracing, testing, and vaccination; and engaging in communications, and these partnerships will continue to be critical into the future. Among other benefits, AHD partnerships help prepare students for careers in health departments, create a pipeline into governmental public health, support recruitment and retention, enhance continuing education, encourage research that is relevant to the local community, and expand organizational capacity.


As discussion moves forward about how to rebuild the public health system, AHD partners are taking steps on the ground to prepare for the future. How can these efforts be further enhanced to reach their maximum potential? Where should efforts best be focused? Can these partnerships have a real impact?

Join this interactive session to learn how AHD partnerships have enhanced the COVID-19 response in communities across the country and explore how partnerships can strengthen health departments as we envision and build the public health workforce of the future. A panel of speakers will share their experiences with these partnerships and thoughts on where we go from here, and session participants will be engaged in an open discussion. ​

Session Details
​For more information about this session, please contact Kathleen Amos at kamos@phf.org.​

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APHA 2021 Annual Meeting – Envisioning and Building the Public Health Workforce of the Future: The Critical Role of Partnerships