Pan, Aguiar-Curry Pen Op-Ed on Rebuilding Public Health Workforce

Senator Richard Pan and Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry this week penned an op-ed in CalMatters, urging the Legislature and Governor to fund the Public Health Equity and Readiness Opportunity (Public HERO) initiative to bolster the state’s public health workforce and training pipeline.

The Public HERO Initiative builds on the Governor’s $300 million ongoing budget proposal for state and local public health by targeting new one-time investments to strengthen public health recruitment and retention efforts and training and pipeline opportunities. The initiative anticipates developing future public health laboratory directors, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and nurses needed to address health inequities and protect residents from increasing rates of STDs, diabetes, tuberculosis, and other conditions.

More information on CHEAC’s Public HERO Initiative is available here. The CalMatters op-ed is available here.