Cal-PPH Mission and Vision
Mission Statement: The California Pathways into Public Health Initiative mission is to increase the workforce capacity of local health departments across California by providing training, support, and work experience for professionals from historically underrepresented and diverse backgrounds.
Vision Statement: The California Pathways into Public Health Initiative vision is a representative public health workforce capable of effectively responding to public health priorities, promoting health equity, and advancing the health and safety of California’s diverse people.
Current Cal-PPH Fellow Cohort
Fellow applicants were recruited from local communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Applicants were not required to have a college degree as long as they had work experience. California state employees who had been redirected to deploy to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency response, and other individuals who had experience serving as contact tracers during the pandemic, were encouraged to apply. The inaugural cohort of 45 Cal-PPH fellows were selected from over 900 applicants.
There are 37 participating LHJ Host Sites, representing a diverse set of jurisdictions:
Northern California (4): Del Norte, Modoc, Shasta, Tehama
Bay Area (11): Alameda, City of Berkeley, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma
Greater Sacramento (7): Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Plumas, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo
Central Valley (6): Kern, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare
Southern California (9): City of Long Beach, Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Cal-PPH Fellow and LHJ Support
Cal-PPH fellows and host site preceptors receive ongoing support from the program team comprised of public health professionals at CDPH, UCSF, and UCLA.
Prior to being deployed to their LHJs, fellows participate in a three-week intensive training focusing on the foundations of public health, cultural humility, professional development, case investigation, and contact tracing. Continuing education builds on their public health knowledge and incorporates professional development. Fellows meet regularly with Cal-PPH program staff for ongoing coaching and mentoring.
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