Colorado Public Health Career Paths Launched

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DENVER, Colorado – The Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC), in partnership with the Trailhead Institute and the Colorado Public Health Workforce Collaborative, has launched new career paths in public health on the My Colorado Journey platform.

Colorado’s public health career paths can be a model for other states seeking to advance this vital work. The courses aim to meet the demand for skilled public health workers increased by the COVID-19 pandemic, to strengthen continuous career development and to raise public awareness in the field.

“A large public health workforce is needed to ensure the health and safety of the Coloradans now and after the pandemic” Governor Jared Polis said. “Public health career paths will help people find employment and explore opportunities in public health for Coloradians. “

Three pathways in the field of public health have been developed – public health, environmental health and administration – and together they encompass more than 100 professions in the field, including access to advanced level positions. Individuals can learn more about the industry as a whole and view role descriptions; salary information; and the knowledge, skill and ability requirements for each occupation. Pathways will be updated quarterly in My Colorado Journey, a free career and academic exploration platform for job seekers, workers, and students.

“For decades, the government’s public health system has been extended and operated in the background, promoting health and wellness and protecting the environment. When COVID-19 arrived, we had to grow quickly to respond effectively, and we could have benefited from a larger workforce of people formally trained in public health. The pandemic has shown us why it is so important to intend to develop a talented workforce to prepare for the next emergency ”, said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director of CDPHE. “The routes initiative will train more people for jobs that really make a difference.

In the National COVID-19 Response Strategy and Pandemic Preparedness Plan, the Biden-Harris administration calls on the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor to explore mechanisms to create and connect a Newly expanded workforce containment “career ladder” programs to encourage retention and advancement in post-pandemic public health. Colorado’s public health career paths can serve as a model for other states as they strive to respond to this call to action.

As with previous avenues developed by the State of Colorado and its partners, the process was industry-led and leveraged Colorado’s collaborative approach, bringing together representatives from industry, education and of the statewide workforce. Building on Colorado’s work in 2020 to train new healthcare apprentices to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, Pathways will strengthen the continued exploration of career opportunities in public health. For more information on My Colorado Journey and to explore career paths in public health, please visit https://www.mycoloradojourney.com/journey/tools/careers/public-health.

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