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AHD Webinar Series: 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: Webinar

Start Date: 2/28/2022

End Date: 2/28/2022

​​​​​​​Webinar Archive​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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.

Download the presentation slides for this webinar to learn more. 

For more information about this webinar, please contact Kathleen Amos at​.
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Join the AHD Learning Community listserv to be notified of future events in the AHD Webinar Series or visit the AHD Learning Community online to explore previous webinars and other freely available resources to support developing and enhancing AHD partnerships.​

The AHD Webinar Series is hosted by the Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community. The AHD Learning Community brings together public health and healthcare professionals to share AHD knowledge and experiences and work collaboratively to create resources and tools to support the development, maintenance, and expansion of AHD partnerships. The AHD Learning Community is an initiative of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. Visit the AHD Learning Community webpage or contact Kathleen Amos at for more information.​

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AHD Webinar Series: Envisioning and Building the Public Health Workforce of the Future: The Critical Role of Partnerships