Navigating The Future
League Leads Effort To Embed Colleges In Public Health Education
Community colleges long ago cemented their place as a central and critical contributor to the country’s health care workforce.
The two-year schools educate more than half of the country’s new nurses. Dental hygienists and phlebotomists can get their training at a community college. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the sector became an integral part of the country’s response. They now train about 80 percent of first responders, including emergency medical technicians.
But in one area, community colleges remain vastly underrepresented: very few community colleges are involved in educating public health care professionals, now one of the fastest-growing segments of the American health care system.