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?
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice
and Public Health Foundation
held a webinar on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 2-3:30pm EST to explore how AHD partnerships have enhanced the COVID-19 response in communities across the country and how partnerships can strengthen health departments as we envision and build the public health workforce of the future. Speakers shared their experiences with these partnerships and thoughts on where we go from here and engaged in questions and discussion.
- Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
- Paul C. Erwin, MD, DrPH, Dean, School of Public Health, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Antonia Blinn, Director, Performance Management & Quality Improvement, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Tali Schiller, MPH, Program Manager, Academic Public Health Corps, Massachusetts Health Officers Association
- Kathleen Amos, MLIS, Director, Academic/Practice Linkages, Public Health Foundation
For more information about this webinar, please contact Kathleen Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org