180: Public Health AmeriCorps: Addressing the Nation’s Public Health Workforce Crisis With AJ Pearlman, JD

This podcast episode discusses the role the Public Health AmeriCorps has played in addressing the public health workforce challenges, the successes and challenges, how all of us can advocate for policies to improve our community’s health, the importance of representation and being in the room for policy decisions, AJ Pearlman, JD’s role in being the chief of staff for the covid-19 response and how nonlinear a public health career path can look.

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Public Health Workforce Development and Diversity

The public health workforce plays an essential role in securing the vital conditions for health and well-being for all to thrive. A skilled, resourced, and robust public health workforce is needed to meet the demands of public health today and prepare for the needs of tomorrow. A diverse public health workforce is better equipped to address the needs of the most impacted and marginalized, and implement population health strategies. COVID-19 has shed light on challenges facing the public health workforce, while also exacerbating them. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to skill up the workforce; support workers’ needs; center equity in workforce development efforts; and plan for the future.

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