What About Workforce? May 2021 Update

by Andrea Guzman, Workforce Development Coordinator

This month Workforce Development really wants to support students who will be graduating within the next few months. We understand how tricky it can be to get a job after college and wanted to offer some guidance. For the second year, we provided students with a Virtual Career Panel and are thrilled with this year's presentation. Panelists Victoria Adeweumi, Chelsey Canavan, Megan DeNubila, and Sam Harris walked students through their career trajectories, discussed their current positions, and offered students feedback about how to get where they want to go in their career. Panelists suggested fellowships and internships to apply for, networking tactics to try, and recommended leadership and communication approaches to make students notable. NHPHA wants to thank these panelists and is so proud to have had the opportunity to work with them.

The Mentor Program also offered career support this month by partnering with our former Executive Director, Joan Ascheim, and Neil Twitchell from the Division of Public Health Services for a presentation called, “New Hampshire’s Public Health Infrastructure - How We Get Things Done in the Granite State”. This presentation got into the details and specificities of how public health in New Hampshire works, currently and historically, while providing insight and information about getting a job in a public health field. NHPHA wants to thank Joan and Neil for their invaluable presentation.

The Student Poster Session for the Annual Meeting was virtual again this year. The poster session is an opportunity for students graduating with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a public health area of study to showcase the research they have done for their capstone projects.

We had seven undergraduate and six graduate submissions for a total of 13 posters, with representation from the University of New Hampshire, Rivier University, Colby-Sawyer College, and Plymouth State University. Students sent in recorded presentations that were scored by judges. The winners were announced at NHPHA’s Annual Meeting, and the top 2 poster presentations in each category were shared during the breakout sessions. All of the posters are currently on NHPHA’s website, please take a look at all of the student’s hard work here.

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