Community Profiles

The Western Massachusetts Academic Partnership Consortium is a group of academic institutions collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The group meets monthly at the Western Regional Health Office in Northampton to increase workforce capacity in the area of research and accessible internship and professional development opportunities for students. The consortium's main mission is to strengthen and ensure growth of the future public health workforce in the commonwealth's western region.

The consortium has compiled a list of profiles of public health professionals and highlights educational and career paths. A number of individuals were interviewed, including prevention specialists, hospital directors, project coordinators, college professors, and program planners. In these profiles, professionals discuss how their career path led them to a public health-related field.