Workforce Development

A strong, diverse public health workforce is critical to meeting the world’s pressing health challenges and addressing inequities. When health and public health professionals look like and come from the communities they serve, patients receive better care and experience better health outcomes. PHI is creating a pipeline of dedicated public health professionals in California, across the United States and around the world, including finding creative ways to bring those traditionally overlooked in public health careers into the workforce with meaningful salaries and effective training. We build and staff programs that connect community members and youth with opportunities to enter into health professions, while also providing ongoing training, wrap-around services, mentoring and support—helping to create sustainable, community-based expertise. Our partners include public health and community stakeholders, schools, health employers, community development institutions, local health departments, government agencies including USAID and CDC, and more. Together, we’re building the public health workforce of tomorrow and bolstering community power today.

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  • 100% of FACES for the Future students graduate from high school
  • $3M invested into workforce and professional development initiatives
  • 100K+ scholars and leaders provided workforce development training


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Dr. Somava Saha, director of PHI's Communities RISE Together (RISE) joins the 2022 White House Workforce Development Summit.

Communities RISE Together, an initiative facilitated by the Public Health Institute and WE in the World, joins the 2022 White House Workforce Development Summit. Dr. Saha discusses how Communities RISE Together works to recruit, hire and train community health workers as vaccine ambassadors in 200+ counties across the country.

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Wildfires & Extreme Heat: Resources to Protect Yourself & Your Community

Communities across the U.S. and around the world are grappling with dangerous wildfires and extreme heat. These threats disrupt and uproot communities and pose serious risks to environmental and community health—from rising temperatures, unhealthy air pollutants, water contamination and more. Find PHI tools, resources and examples to help communities take action and promote climate safety, equity and resiliency.

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