Workforce Development Update: January 2020

By Andrea Guzman, Workforce Development Coordinator

The NHPHA Workforce Development Program has been busy and has an exciting January ahead! We are currently planning our Mentor Program Check-In event, Public Health Career Webinar, and Food Insecurity Webinar. Additionally, we have some exciting internships in the works!

Public Health Mentor Program

We are very excited to get together in person with our mentors and mentees later this month! Since we have not all gathered since the beginning of October, we will have an opportunity to hear how the mentor/mentee pairs are working together. We are thrilled to have Sadhana W. Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth, to lead us in a workshop on bridging generational differences. Ms. Hall has extensive experience in designing and implementing programs focused on leadership, public policy, and civic engagement. Mentees will have an opportunity to learn more about other mentors’ professional experience through a networking session.

Food Insecurity Webinar

We are in the planning phase for a webinar focused on food insecurity in New Hampshire. We are working with a wide array of partners to bring you all current information on food insecurity as a social determinant of health, what data tells us about food insecurity in New Hampshire, promising programs in the state, and how to approach food insecurity at the policy level. Our plan is for communities to hold viewing events to encourage local action. Watch for more details coming soon!

We have also begun planning our Public Health Career Webinar! This webinar is aimed at students and early-career professionals to help provide insight into the various career trajectories within public health and the public health infrastructure in the state of New Hampshire.

Public Health Internships

NHPHA is pleased to note that we have been able to distribute three internship stipends, funded by the New England Public Health Training Center, to students in the state to work on some exciting and valuable public health projects. Two students are working with food pantries to address the food needs of individuals in the community. Another is working on food policy for NHPHA. A fourth is placed with a city to assess risks for childhood lead poisoning and work on prevention activities. We will provide more details on these activities as they progress.

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