DACC Celebrates National Public Health Week

From giving information to the public, students, faculty and staff about public health to two faculty members speaking to a national audience through a Society of Public Health Education webinar, Doña Ana Community College (DACC) celebrates National Public Health Week in style.

“DACC is proud to partner with the American Public Health Association to celebrate National Public Health Week,” said DACC Public Health Professor Becky Corran. “Our graduates are critical to building healthy communities, including here in Doña Ana County.”

From April 1 – April 7, National Public Health Week will be held with activities both locally and nationally. Locally, students and staff will host tables at the DACC East Mesa and Espina campuses to provide information about healthy communities, violence prevention, rural health, technology in public health, climate change and global health.

“The public is invited to stop by our NPHW information tables for public health information or to sign up for classes,” Corran said.

They will also highlight the DACC’s Health Worker Certificate, a 16 credit program that prepares individuals to provide necessary health information in their communities. The certificate improves the work force by recognizing the experience and contributions of Community Health Workers for their longtime commitment to border and tribal regions of New Mexico. The certificate is oriented to either employment or progress to the Associate of Public Health.

The Health Worker certificate is aligned so the classes taken in the program will be accepted and applied towards the DACC Associate Degree. That degree is fully articulated in a 2 + 2 program with the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Bachelor of Public Health degree.

“Our programs train the public health workforce and increase capacity to address health disparities through education, from the Community Health Worker certificate through transfer to the Bachelor of Public Health at NMSU,” Corran stated.

In addition, Public Health faculty Corran and Amy Collins will talk about implementing the certificate program to a national audience on Thursday through a Society of Public Health Education webinar.

They will discuss the program which was recently featured in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. The scholarly article by faculty members Corran and Amy Collins addressed the Certificate Program from a curricular perspective. In the photo Destinie Lopez stands ready to hand out information on public health