Creating a pathway into the field of public health

The COVID-19 pandemic clearly illustrated the need for a well-trained and versatile public health workforce. To respond, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) partnered to develop and launch the CA-PHC Training and Pathways Program in summer 2021. CA-PHC is an innovative program that provides training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support from the program team comprised of public health professionals from the partner agencies.  

 

 

OUR MISSION

The California Public Health Corps 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.   

OUR VISION

The California Public Health Corps 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.   

 


PROGRAM OPENINGS

Currently, there are no openings for the CA-PHC Program.

 

FELLOW SPOTLIGHTS

Jennifer Madrigal

Jennifer Madrigal

she/her

Local Health Jurisdiction Host Site: Tulare County

Education: Cal State University, Fresno BS Health Science, Health Admin

Hometown: Porterville, CA

Why did you join the CA Public Health Corps?
I knew that CA-PHC would open doors for me in public health, and it has indeed. Being part of this program has allowed me to build relationships with professionals in my field, discover my strengths and work towards building my professionalism and knowledge in the field.

Read more about Jennifer's experience in the April 2022 Monthly Update


Alyssa Moreno

Alyssa Moreno

she/her

Local Health Jurisdiction Host Site: San Bernadino County

Education: UC, Los Angeles (UCLA), BS Human Biology and Society

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Why did you join the CA Public Health Corps?
In college, I was fortunate to study healthcare and science through a societal lens, learning that the sociopolitical world around us unfairly determines whether we are afforded healthcare, a safe place to sleep, and the autonomy to advocate for our own well-being. I joined Pathways to deepen this understanding and develop my skillset for health equity, social justice, and structural change.

Read more about Alyssa's experience in the April 2022 Monthly Update


Shane Gausepohl

Shane Gausepohl

he/him

Local Health Jurisdiction Host Site: Del Norte County

Education: High School Diploma

Hometown: Crescent City, CA

Why did you join the CA Public Health Corps?
In March of 2021, I found an opportunity to work at my local health department. In my new position I helped set up COVID-19 pop up vaccination sites in my county….In June of 2020, my supervisor told me about the CA-PHC Pathways program. I felt the program would allow me to explore public health beyond COVID-19. So, I applied!

Read more about Shane's experience in the May 2022 Monthly Update


Christian Simental

Christian Simental

he/him

Local Health Jurisdiction Host Site: El Dorado County

Education: Associates Degree in progress, Lake Tahoe Community College

Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Why did you join the CA Public Health Corps?
I chose this program because I wanted to explore what else public health had to offer since my prior experience had been limited to COVID-19. Being a fellow, I knew there would be the opportunity to explore and grow professionally.

Read more about Christian's experience in the May 2022 Monthly Update


Munyaradzi Mahiya

Munyaradzi Mahiya

he/him

Local Health Jurisdiction Host Site: Alameda County

Education: UC Berkeley, BA Political Science, Disability Studies

Hometown: Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe

Why did you join the CA Public Health Corps?
During my time at Eden UCC, I fell in love with public health and soon after I found out about the CA- PHC (Pathways) program, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it because it meant more opportunities for training and responsibilities. So, I applied and got accepted!

Read more about Munyaradzi's experience in the June 2022 Monthly Update


Debbie Vang

Debbie Vang

she/her

Local Health Jurisdiction Host Site: Sacramento County

Education: CA State University, Fresno, BS Public Health, Minor Hmong Studies

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Why did you join the CA Public Health Corps?
I applied for the CA-PHC program because I saw it was a chance for professional growth in my field of work. In addition, it would allow me to apply my certification and unique skillset related to helping minority groups in the community. I was very excited for the opportunity to network with professionals and leadership in the industry all while gaining invaluable experience.

Read more about Debbie's experience in the June 2022 Monthly Update


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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