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APHA makes a Clinton Global Initiative 'Commitment to Action' to strengthen public health workforce

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2011 – The American Public Health Association recently announced that it is working with the Clinton Global Initiative to strengthen the U.S. public health workforce.

Under a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, APHA will work on advocacy, career development and education in conjunction with CGI's America's 2011 Annual Meeting focused on job creation in the United States.  

In particular, APHA will increase the opportunities to connect job seekers with public health jobs by embarking on advocacy through its communication networks; refining and expanding its online job resource, Public Health CareerMart ; and adapting its educational offerings to align public health workers' current skills with those that are required by employers. APHA will also work to educate the public and policymakers on the importance of and challenges facing the public health workforce.

J. Alan Baker, APHA’s interim executive director, said, “APHA is thrilled to be part of the Clinton Global Initiative. APHA hopes to help connect public health workers with jobs through tools such as Public Health CareerMart, as well as strengthen the public health workforce through other professional development opportunities, keeping them up-to-date with their skills and providing an avenue for them to network together and support each other.”

Established in 2005 by former President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative works with global leaders to address issues such as poverty, health, education and the environment.  

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Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organziations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,100 committments, which have already improved the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these committments will be valued in excess of $69.2 billion. For more information, visit

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