176237 Academia and the Public Health Community: Partnerships Key to Creating a Diverse Competent Work Force

Monday, October 27, 2008

Mariela Edelmira Alarcon-Yohe, MPH , Directors of Health Promotion and Education, District of Columbia, DC
Miguel A. Perez, PhD , Department of Health Science, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA
This session focuses on a proven strategy to provide leadership in the development and retention of a culturally competent workforce. Public health professionals and faculty from minority serving institutions will share their expertise and strategies for building and sustaining a diverse public health workforce for the 21st century. The speakers will discuss how the CDC/DHPE workforce development initiative has enhanced the learning process to enable pre-public health professionals to apply knowledge in practice settings, work closely with mentors and develop effective skills in a public setting. Examples will be provided of intern projects which have made an impact and a difference to communities.

Learning Objectives:
1.Participants will be provided with an effective strategy in the development of a diverse and competent workforce by a partnership between the public health community and academicians 2.Participants will be able to articulate examples of key partnerships between specific universities and public health entities and the impact it has had in creating a diverse workforce. 3. Participants will learn how they can become involved in creating a diverse workforce.

Keywords: Workforce, Health Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am program director for the Internship program of which I will be speaking.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.