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Date:10/28/2008

ASPH Launches "Pathways to Public Health" Web Site, Hosts "Visit Day" at APHA Annual Convention Exhibition Hall

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. is facing a major public health workforce crisis - and the health risks associated with the shortage will affect us all if action is not taken to recruit more individuals into public health professions. Earlier this year, the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) completed an assessment of the crisis - the first of its kind - and found that nearly 250,000 more public health workers will be needed than will be available by 2020.

To address this glaring need, ASPH, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, today announced the launch of a new and improved version of the "Pathways to Public Health" web site at http://www.pathwaystopublichealth.org. "Pathways to Public Health" has been developed to help young people learn more about public health education and public health careers. The website, which will be continually updated with new resources and information, features a wide range of resources designed to educate and inform young people about the wide variety of public health careers and their contributions to protecting the health of us all. The site updates include the ability to post material on social networking pages, and interactive and multimedia features including polls and videos.

The project was guided by a taskforce that includes representatives from the American School Counselors Association, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, the Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers, the Emory Center for Science Education, as well as representatives from public health schools and programs.

Students will have the opportunity to explore pathways to public health and other resources during Visit Day at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 136th Annual Meeting and Exposition, at the San Diego Convention Center. Visit Day, being hosted on Wednesday, October 29, from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the San Diego Convention Center (Exhibition Hall), is designed to help student discover the rewards of a career in public health. To date, over 700 students and advisors have already registered to attend. Admission is complimentary, and students (with valid student identification) can register on-site at the Convention Center.

Visit Day attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage 40 CEPH-accredited schools of public health at one convenient location. Planned activities include:

-- Panel session on applying to schools of public health;

-- Opportunity to meet with current public health students and school

representatives; and,

-- Interactive educational activities such as games and raffles.

The APHA Public Health Expo is the largest and most comprehensive public health exhibit featuring more than 675 booths of information, state-of-the-art products, and services geared towards public health professionals. It is a central gathering point for attendees to meet and greet each other while learning more about public health careers, visiting with schools of public health publishers, employers, health-related government agencies and many other public health service and product-related organizations.

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH (ASPH)

ASPH represents the 40 Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited Schools of Public Health in North America. ASPH promotes the efforts of Schools of Public Health to improve the health of every person through education, research and policy. Based upon the belief that "you're only as healthy as the world you live in," ASPH works with the government and other professional organizations to develop solutions to the most pressing health concerns and provides access to the ongoing initiatives of the schools of public health. More information is available at http://www.asph.org.


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