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Academic Health Department — Academic Public Health Corps

The Academic Public Health Corps (APHC) is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Academic Health Department Consortium. The mission of the APHC is to support public health agencies and to advance health equity in Massachusetts by engaging with public health students, alumni, and expert participants through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Since April 2020, the APHC has placed hundreds of their core members with local boards of health throughout Massachusetts. Each local board is assigned a "team lead," who is their single point of contact. The team lead then organizes and mobilizes a team of mainly part-time core members to support the local board. Core members include alumni, staff, faculty, and current students, ranging from undergraduates through doctoral level.

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How do I request APHC core member for my local board of health/health department?

The APHC plans to place hundreds of their core members with local boards of health throughout the summer. If you would like to arrange a team of APHC core members to support your local board of health, please contact Dawn Sibor, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Officer Association (MHOA).

What are some examples of APHC Corps members efforts?

Some of the services that Corps members can provide include those listed below. Download a list of services provided by our core members. This list will continue to be expanded with new examples added below as they become available.

Service Potential uses Examples
This Social Media Toolkit provides guidance for Local Boards of Health (LBOHs) in Massachusetts on communicating effectively about COVID-19 using social media to provide much needed local information, updates, and support to their communities. It includes guidance on how to select social media platforms, create messages, develop outreach strategies, and access volunteers from the Academic Public Health Corps to assist with implementation. The toolkit was created by faculty, students, and alumni at Tufts University School of Medicine from the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. It is available with supplemental material at www.sites.tufts.edu/socialmediatoolkit.
  • Provides guidance on how to select social media platforms, create messages, develop outreach strategies
Health Communication (Print, Local TV, Social Media, Websites)
  • Town/city social media development and management
  • Activity-specific messaging and infographics
  • Population-specific messaging and infographics
  • Talking points for media conferences and public outreach
Community Outreach
  • Wellness phone calls for seniors
  • Wellness phone calls for non-English speaking communities
  • Infographics for marginalized groups
  • Mental health support and resources
Translation Services (Available in more than 10 languages)
  • Written and oral translations
  • Needs assessment to identify community language needs
Data Analysis & Presentation
  • Charts/Graphs
  • Community-level data analysis
  • GIS Analysis Mapping
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