The class modules and discussion with other participants made me more aware of how my actions and personal biases can get in the way of creating a inclusive environment. I am also more sensitive to the way others behave (towards me or other people) and can see how their own personal biases may lead the interaction to happen in that manner. Prior to the course, I thought if we have diversity, then it is all good. But now after the course, I realize that having diversity is good, but not good enough if we don't have inclusion in the equation. That is a big eye opener for me.
CPHA Workforce Development Project
In 2015-2016, the Colorado Public Health Association received funding from the American Public Health Association and the Colorado Gaining Ground Initiative to implement a 7-month project to assist 3 Local Public Health Departments to tailor their workforce development plans to meet the Public Health Accreditation Board’s (PHAB) requirements for accreditation.
The Colorado Public Health Association worked with the Colorado School of Public Health and the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center to select, train and fund 3 Masters of Public Health students to support the 3 local public health agencies in creating their workforce development plans.
Students and local public health agencies were paired for 4 months to work on this project. At the conclusion of the project they shared their impressions and lessons-learned. Watch the videos here.