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ASPPH Presents at NACCHO about Student Practica and Workforce Development

ASPPH participated in the NACCHO annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri last week. The meeting provided a great opportunity to share information with our governmental public health partners via interactive poster presentations.

The first poster, Academic Public Health: Student Practicum as a Bridge to Practice, illustrated the results of a study supported through the ASPPH/CDC Centers for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services cooperative agreement that examined the practicum experiences of graduate students at ASPPH member schools and programs of public health in governmental health agencies. ASPPH designed the poster to be an interactive to engage attendees to tell us the skills graduate students need to develop to be effective members of the governmental public health workforce.

The second poster, Recommendations for Schools and Programs of Public Health to Bolster the Governmental Public Health Workforce, showcased the recommendations of a national expert panel consensus report to guide academic public health institutions in more effectively meeting the training needs of the governmental public health workforce.

The venue provided an important opportunity to discuss these issues with colleagues from state and local health departments and paves the way for continued collaboration on issues regarding the governmental public health workforce.