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File #: 18-6469   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 12/13/2018
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the submission of six applications to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Associate Program, and authorizing the assignment of up to six Public Health Associates in the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District for a two-year period beginning October 2019, and the execution of necessary documents. This ordinance will have no impact to the General Fund and will be 100% funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Erik Walsh, Deputy City Manager; Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Director of Health]
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance, 2. Ordinance 2018-12-13-1026
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DEPARTMENT: Health


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City-Wide


SUBJECT:

Authorizing Submission for 2019 CDC Public Health Associate Program Assignees


SUMMARY:

This Ordinance authorizes the submission of six applications to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), and authorizes the assignment of up to six Public Health Associates in the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) for a two-year period beginning October 2019, and authorizes the Director of Public Health to execute all necessary documents. These positions will be 100% funded by the CDC.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Metro Health is committed to developing the future public health workforce. One way we have accomplished this is through a ten year partnership with the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) that is managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. The mission of PHAP is to "train and provide experiential learning to early career professionals who contribute to the public health workforce." PHAP's comprehensive curriculum focuses on developing associates' proficiencies in key public health areas via formal instruction and mentoring by the CDC and the host site as well as on-the-job training at the host site. After completing the two-year CDC-funded assignment, associates are qualified to apply for public health positions at local, state and national offices.

The Public Health Associate Program was founded in 2007 as a pilot program to support the CDC's frontline public health focus and to meet the need for a continual source of field-tested, experienced, and dedicated public health professionals. In 2010, with the help of funding from the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), PHAP progressed from a pilot program to nationwide implementation-hiring 65 associa...

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