Emerging Thought Leaders (ETL) Virtual Learning Series - January 26, 2024



Friday, January 26

12:00-1:00 PM MT


It is FREE to attend this session. However, a $10 donation would be greatly appreciated and will go towards the presenter's compensation and the sustainability of this series.

Primary Competency


   RESTORE: Engaging Military Veterans in the Public Health Workforce

*This webinar took place on January 26, 2024. To view the webinar recording, please go ahead and register. Registrants can access the recording on the training page.

Veterans, highly valued in the American workforce, contribute unique skills and experiences to various industries. There is a growing focus on their role in addressing crucial public health and environmental issues nationwide. This underscores the importance of better understanding Veterans' experiences during their transition from military to civilian life and identifying the necessary support for their success in the broader civilian workforce, particularly in public and environmental health sectors.

Ideal For: Public Health Professionals, Workforce Development Centers, Employers, University Programs, Healthcare Organizations

During this session, participants will learn more about the findings from the collaborative work completed by the Trailhead Institute, Amaka Consulting and Evaluation Services (ACES), Black Ladies in Public health (BLIPH), and Informing Veterans and Dependents (IVAD) on better understanding the needs of veterans transitioning to civilian life and the capabilities and value that Veterans can bring to the public health workforce.

What to Expect

This 1-hour session will briefly cover the findings from a national literature review and innovative environmental scan leveraging extensive research and discussions with veterans across all branches of the military and dive into how this wealth of information can be used to collaboratively define strategies to support employers and the public health community with engaging military veterans in the public health workforce.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to utilize an action planning support tool to guide strategic planning, reflection, and implementation and ask questions following the presentation. 

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We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities to engage fully. Please let us know of any accommodations that will assist your full participation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation and discussion, the audience will be able to:

  • Demonstrate collaborative planning practices to engage military veterans in the public health workforce.
  • Identify three levels of opportunities to address social and ethical challenges that military veterans entering the public health workforce may face.
Length of Learning Opportunity
1 hour
Registration Information
Click "register" to register for the course. You will need to log in or create an account. Please email registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.edu with registration questions.
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Jennifer Edwards, PhD, MBA, Director of Workforce Programs, Trailhead Institute
Jennifer is an expert in designing and optimizing data-inspired health programs. She has led a portfolio of federally funded health projects, including CDC, HRSA, and USDOL.  Jennifer has also led projects for national nonprofits including Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American College of Physicians, and American Psychology Association; and has served as a peer-reviewer for multiple journals including Public Health Reports of the the
U.S. Surgeon General’s Office. Jennifer earned a PhD from Howard University specializing in healthcare access for women, an MBA from Walden University, and BS from Florida A&M University. Connect with her @DrJennEdwards on LinkedIn.

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