APHA's Careers in Public Health E-newsletter
A bi-monthly e-newsletter covering the entire spectrum of public health jobs and careers. This is an interactive newsletter designed to answer your public health career questions.
Note from the Editor - Leaders in Public Health
If you watch the listings for public health jobs, you’ll notice that certain topics appear more often than others. They tend to appear in clusters, too: all of a sudden everyone’s hiring for emergency preparedness or obesity prevention. What’s behind these trends? Sometimes it’s just a coincidence. But often, what you’re seeing reflects the work of one or more major influencers: the agencies and nonprofit organizations that lead the way
in public health.
As you work on your job search, keep an eye on what the big
nonprofits, professional organizations, and government agencies are supporting. It’ll help you get a sense of where the funding is and where it might be in the near future. Here’s a short list to get you started. To expand your search, take at look at these organizations’ partners and grant recipients, too.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The nonprofit RWJF is a major funder of public health efforts across the U.S.—and that means they have a significant influence on what happens in the public health world. For the most part, programs don’t happen unless someone is willing to fund them. So when RWJF chooses an issue, public health professionals all over the U.S. take notice. Read More >
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC, which is part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, is well known as a source of information, recommendations, and funding for public health. But not everyone realizes just how wide its reach is. When you bring your kids to the doctor for their immunizations, you’re probably following a schedule published by the CDC. If you know about getting screened for colon cancer, the CDC’s Screen for Life program may well be the reason why. Read More >
The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). NACCHO is well known in the public health world—but if you’re not already in that world, you’ve probably never heard of them. NACCHO is an association of local health departments from all around the country. NACCHO advises legislators on public health policy, supplies them with information about public health issues, and helps health departments advocate for local needs. They provide guidance to local health departments on issues ranging from chronic disease prevention to workforce development. They support demonstration sites that try out innovative
practices in public health. If an issue has to do with local public health,
you’re likely to find NACCHO involved. Read More >
The American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA has been around since 1872, and all this time it’s been driving improvements in public health policy and practice. Need to know what to do when there’s a case of meningitis at the local high school? You’ll find help in the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, which APHA has been updating every few years since it first came out in 1916. Want to make sure your state’s public health efforts are up to par? APHA has been setting professional standards for over 100 years. And when it comes to public health advocacy, APHA is one of most influential voices. Read More >
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Did You Know?
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