League for Innovation Seeks Community Colleges Interested in Developing Programs in Public Health

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New Awards Program Will Recognize Successful Planning Efforts

Community colleges interested in developing associate degree or certificate programs in public health are invited to submit letters of intent to the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) as part of its Community Colleges and Public Health (CC&PH) project.

The letter of intent, to be signed by the college’s chief academic officer, commits the institution to developing a plan for associate degree or certificate programs in one or both curricular areas that are the focus of the CC&PH project, “Public Health: Generalist & Specializations” and “Health Navigator.”

Public Health: Generalist & Specializations includes specializations in Health Education, Health Administration, and Environmental Health designed for transfer to bachelor's degree programs. Health Navigator is designed for certificate or associate degree programs preparing students for careers as community health workers, patient navigators, and health insurance navigators. Additional innovative curriculum designs are also encouraged.

Eligible institutions will be invited to participate in activities throughout 2015. Activities will include a webinar series, opportunities for consultation, and submitting a plan for one or more public health associate degree and/or certificate programs.

Colleges submitting plans deemed most successful will receive recognition awards at the League's March 2016 Innovations conference in Chicago. Up to 10 colleges will be recognized based on the quality of planning for implementation and evaluation; institutional commitment; and evidence of interest and support by students, community college administration, and the local community.

The CC&PH report, approved by the ASPPH Framing the Future Task Force, includes the prototype curricular models. In addition, the League has developed a set of recommendations for gaining approval for and implementing public health programs in community colleges.

The League for Innovation in the Community College (League) is co-sponsoring the Community College and Public Health project with the Framing the Future Task Force convened by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The CC&PH project has recommended that community colleges whose mission includes a focus on health professions education consider offering associate degree and/or certificate programs in public health.

An information webinar will be held on February 25, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. EST, and an information session will also be held at the League’s Innovations Conference in Boston on March 8, 2015.

Letters of intent are due on April 17, 2015, and institutions will be notified of their eligibility to participate no later than May 1, 2015. The complete call for planning, including submission information, is available at http://www.league.org/ccph.

About the League for Innovation

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with more than 700 member colleges, 160 corporate partners, and a host of other government and nonprofit agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. Information about the League and its activities is available at http://www.league.org.

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