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The new partnership is supported by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act that will fund up to 5,000 public health-related careers over the next five years

By Alex Harrington, Executive Director (Acting)

To increase the public health workforce by the next five years, AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forged a partnership to launch a new Public Health AmeriCorps, which will support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

According to press releases from the CDC and AmeriCorps, the Public Health AmeriCorps program supports public health demands of regional and local populations throughout the country by providing crucial surge capacity for state and local public health organizations. Likewise, the program plans to spearhead pathways to public health-related careers through on-site experience and training with a focus on recruiting AmeriCorps members who reflect the communities in which they will serve.

The program will be supported by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, which plans to fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps positions over the next five years and comes as part of a larger $7 billion investment in the public health workforce. 

Grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with the first competition expected in fall of 2021.

“In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health AmeriCorps will help vulnerable communities recover from COVID-19 and address broader public health needs, especially those exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Mal Coles, acting CEO at AmeriCorps. “This is an exciting new partnership that builds upon the expertise, best practices, and lessons learned from both existing AmeriCorps and CDC programs to support communities and also provide much-needed surge capacity for state and local public health agencies who continue to bear the burden of caring for a nation in crisis.”

Learn more about AmeriCorps at https://americorps.gov/ and CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/

And check out the following news releases:

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Author: Alex Harrington is currently a Federal civil servant and a Certified Career Services Provider and Global Career Development Facilitator. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a Persian Gulf War veteran.

By Alex Harrington, Executive Director (Acting)

Before you think about blasting your resume to a wide swath of federal job announcements, you need to learn about the federal job industry and how to navigate the hiring process. Here are four tips to improve your mastery in navigating the federal job landscape. 


Chris Westbrook, Director, Curriculum Development


Learn key insights on how to prepare your resume and STAR stories from a federal recruiter’s point of view. Also, gain new techniques on how to showcase and translate your STAR stories to a federal career field.

Learning Objectives:

* Discuss key characteristics of a federal career.

* Understand the federal concept of transferable skills.

* Identify and translate your own skills to a federal career.

* Create some amazing STAR stories to describe your professional accomplishments.

* Screen federal jobs against their goals, skills, and values.


This session is free.


Join us Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time


To register for the event, go to




Chris Westbrook is a talent development professional with a passion for career development, leadership, and change management. In 2018, she recently retired from the federal government after 38 years of service in the executive and legislative branches. Chris spent the bulk of her career in the Central Intelligence Agency. Her last position was Deputy Director of the CIA’s foreign-language school. Previous to this, she served on a tiger team to implement CIA’s largest organizational change since its creation in 1947, leading to the creation of a Talent Center of Excellence responsible for the hiring, development, and management of CIA’s workforce. She created and delivered leadership training to all levels of Agency officers, from line through executive. She led analyst hiring during the CIA’s hiring surge after September 11, 2001. This was a mid-career switch for her after serving as a national security analyst and manager for many years. Chris received a BA in Government from The College of William and Mary and graduate degrees in Political Science and Human Resource Development from The George Washington University.