3061.0 Preparing the Next Generation of Public Health Professionals

Monday, October 27, 2008: 8:30 AM
An essential component of public health education is the support of initiatives that reach low-income and ethnic minority students early in the educational pipeline to enhance their academic success and thereby promote a more diverse health professional workforce. Diversifying the health workforce (health educators and other public health professionals included) is a well-recognized strategy to decrease health disparities. The capacity to train public health practitioners, researchers, and advocates to embrace diversity and promote inclusion as core commitments for eliminating health disparities requires organizational focus and persistent dedication.
Session Objectives: 1. Learn about the critical need for a diverse workforce in health professions; one that includes African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans who remain highly underrepresented among those who earn college and more advanced degrees. 2. Articulate common challenges and benefits to developing community college-employer partnerships for training paraprofessionals who promote community health.

9:15 AM
Developing an MPH Health Education distance learning program: Expanding the borders of access to public health graduate education
Daniel P. Perales, DrPh MPH, Kathleen M. Roe, DrPH, MPH, Edward Mamary, DrPH, MS and Frank Strona, MPH
9:30 AM
Centering inclusion: Exploring and embracing the margins, the centers, the borders, and everything in between in an MPH health education program
Kathleen M. Roe, DrPH, MPH, Edward Mamary, DrPH, MS, Daniel P. Perales, DrPh MPH and Frank Strona, MPH

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing