The Colorado Workforce Development Council, in partnership with the Trailhead Institute and the Colorado Public Health Workforce Collaborative, has launched newly developed career pathways in public health on the My Colorado Journey platform.
The pathways aim to address the demand for a skilled public health workforce heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthen continued career development and raise awareness of the field.
“A great public health workforce is needed to ensure the health and safety of Coloradans now and post-pandemic,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “The public health career pathways will help people get jobs and explore opportunities in the public health field for Coloradans.”
Three pathways within the public health field were developed – public health, environmental health and administration – and together they encompass more than 100 occupations within the field including entry- to advanced-level positions.
Individuals can learn more about the industry as a whole and view role descriptions, salary information and knowledge, skill and ability requirements for each occupation.
Pathways will be updated quarterly in My Colorado Journey, a no-cost career and academic exploration platform for job seekers, workers and students.
“For decades, the governmental public health system has been stretched and operating in the background, promoting health and wellness and protecting the environment,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
“When COVID-19 arrived, we had to scale up quickly to respond effectively and could have benefited from a larger workforce of people formally trained in public health,” she said.
“The pandemic has shown us why it’s so important to be intentional about growing a talented workforce to prepare for the next emergency. The pathways initiative will train more people in jobs that truly make a difference.”
In the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness plan, the Biden-Harris administration calls for the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor to explore mechanisms to create and connect a newly expanded containment workforce to “career ladder” programs to encourage retention and advancement within the field of public health post-pandemic.
As with previous pathways the state of Colorado and partners have developed, the process was industry-led and brought together representatives from industry, education and workforce from across the state.
Visit www.mycoloradojourney.com/journey/tools/careers/public-health for more information on My Colorado Journey and to explore public health career pathways,