New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
The Public Health Forward: Modernizing the U.S. Public Health System report calls for investment in the recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive governmental public health workforce. Health departments are called on to formalize partnerships and programs with academic institutions (including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities, and Tribal colleges and universities), local boards of health, and technical training programs to build a cross-disciplinary workforce and provide students with experiential opportunities in public health. Establishing efforts that are ongoing, institutionalized, and sustainable is key to making a meaningful impact on the recruitment pipeline.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) workforce development staff use a multi-pronged effort to expose young people to the work of public health. DOHMH workforce development staff engage with community members to promote these opportunities and have established internship programs for high school, undergraduate and graduate students. These efforts are specifically designed with a long-term goal of cultivating a diverse staff and hiring from the communities they serve.
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