Insights & Resources to Improve the Uptake of the MenB Vaccine Among Adolescent & Young Adult Populations
Thursday June 16
1 CHES Credit/1 CPH Credit Available
This presentation will utilize the Social Ecological Model as a guiding framework to highlight various factors that influence Meningitis B vaccination. Insights from a mother who lost her daughter to Meningitis B before a vaccine was available in the United States will share insights from both her personal experience and clinical perspective as a Registered Nurse. This presentation will conclude with novel resources and strategies to overcome common barriers to MenB vaccination in public health practice including a meningococcal disease vaccination algorithm for health care providers and a Meningitis Student Hub for peer health educators and student populations.
• Participants will be able to understand the difference between ACIP MenB and MenACWY vaccination recommendations.
• Participants will obtain tools and resources to overcome common barriers to MenB vaccination in public health practice.
• Participants will be able to support Meningitis B public health interventions through receiving new resources.
Speaker Bio: Patti Wukovits is a Registered Nurse and Executive Director of the Kimberly Coffey Foundation. After losing her 17-year-old daughter Kimberly to Meningitis B in 2012, Patti formed the Foundation in her daughter’s name to improve awareness of meningococcal disease and the vaccines available to help prevent it. As a prominent advocate of meningitis prevention, she has shared her story with thousands of healthcare providers, policymakers, school administrators, and students around the world and played a critical role in the passing of New York State’s meningococcal disease vaccination law in 2016. Patti currently serves on the policy and advocacy committee of the New York State Public Health Association. Her Foundation partnered with the Emily Stillman Foundation in 2017 to launch the Meningitis B Action Project, a nationwide disease awareness and advocacy initiative. Patti lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband John. In addition to Kimberly, she has three children, son Chris, stepson John, and stepdaughter Jaclyn. Patti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University.
Recruiting the Best: Beating The Competition To Hire People For Your Agency
Thursday May 19
1 CHES Credit/1 CPH Credit Available
The public health workforce has been depleted for decades, and COVID-19 has caused additional attrition due to stress, burnout, and harassment. There is now funding available to replenish the workforce, but leveraging it strategically requires understanding the specific talent needed to fill workforce gaps. At the same time, health departments are competing with other employers, including the private and nonprofit sectors, to hire candidates with specialized skills. Many job-seekers who would otherwise seek to work in health departments experience barriers to hiring, including slow and complex civil service hiring mechanisms.
In order to compete to hire top-quality candidates, government agencies must try innovative techniques. Understanding candidate motivation, creating or leveraging appealing recruitment marketing materials, leveraging the public service motivation of candidates, and highlighting the mission-driven of public health agencies can help agencies attract the best candidates. By benchmarking with the best recruitment strategies of organizations competing to hire candidates, and identifying practical tools that can be used by health departments, participants will leave with a concrete plan of action for recruiting top talent to their agency.
The research basis for this workshop comes from several recent studies—an analysis of 39,000 job postings for public health graduates, an analysis of employment outcomes of public health graduates, and additional research on hiring needs of government health departments.
• Describe the industry/sector and occupational competition for key roles in public health
• Identify 3 strategies used by competitor employers to hire candidates
• Assess feasibility of recruitment strategies for your own agency/organization
Heather Krasna, PhD, EdM, MS, is the co-author of the book 101+ Careers in Public Health (3rd Edition) and author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service. She is the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. With her 23 years' experience as a career coach, recruiter, public health workforce researcher, and nonprofit professional, she has seen what works to recruit new hires, and what doesn't. Krasna’s doctoral dissertation, “Public Health Graduates in the United States: Employment Outcomes and Employer Demand” included the largest-ever employment data collection on public health graduates in history, and the largest analysis of job postings from employers seeking to hire these graduates. She also holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University.
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