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4.28.2015

Conference Focuses on Public Health Workforce Strategies

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration joined the de Beaumont Foundation to host a group of renowned public health leaders from around the country this month. The purpose of the two-day meeting was to examine innovative and effective training opportunities to provide needed business skills to the public health workforce.

The meeting included national leaders representing big city and statewide health departments, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

“This conference was impressive for the caliber of those individuals it drew and the ideas, insights and directions it provided,” said Steven Ullmann, Ph.D., professor and Director of Programs, Center for Health Sector Management and Policy.

The meeting concluded successfully with concrete business-related knowledge, skills and abilities defined for the public health workforce. Additionally, there was thoughtful dialogue and recommendations regarding the use of online learning experiences and innovative education technologies to reach this diverse national audience of public health leaders.

The meeting promises future collaborations with the University of Miami and the de Beaumont Foundation, which can unite to develop the curriculum and innovative delivery of this training.

“The success of this meeting highlights the innovative education and workforce development that the University of Miami has to offer,” said Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Assistant Dean of Public Health. “The collaboration with the de Beaumont Foundation was a wonderful opportunity to build on the strengths of both the Department of Public Health Sciences and School of Business Administration, and to bring our talents and expertise together to address a need in the public health workforce.

“It has been a true privilege to collaborate with the de Beaumont Foundation and to build on their ongoing efforts to transform public health practice.”

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