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File #: 20-7155   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 1/14/2021
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the submission of eight applications to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program and the assignment of up to eight Public Health Associates in the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District for a two-year period beginning October 2021, and the execution of necessary documents. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager, Interim Director, Health]
DEPARTMENT: Health


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT:

Authorizing Submission for 2021 CDC Public Health Associate Program Assignees


SUMMARY:

This Ordinance authorizes the submission of eight applications to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) and authorizes the assignment of up to eight Public Health Associates in the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) for a two-year period beginning October 2021 and authorizes the Director to execute all necessary documents. These positions will be funded by the CDC.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Metro Health is committed to developing the future public health workforce. One way this is accomplished is through a 12-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 associates in 2010. To date, PHAP has ...

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