May 2, 2024

In recent years, public health has seen a large number of young professionals entering the field. With fewer mentors due to significant turnover during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an increasing number of senior employees leaving the workforce, this has created challenging conditions for new staff as they settle into their roles.

The May session of Hot Topics in Practice will explore the personal journeys of four panelists early in their public health careers. The panel will consist of emerging professionals from around the Pacific Northwest region, representing health departments in Washington state and Idaho as well as Seven Directions, an Indigenous public health institute based in Seattle.

In this hour-long webinar, Tia Benally, Malcolm Clay, Brooke Ambrose, and Emma Diffendal will offer their personal perspectives on how they have remained resilient and found opportunities for growth in their careers. By the end of the webinar, participants will better understand some of the challenges that new public health professionals face and consider ways to support early career staff in public health organizations of all sizes.

Register today to learn how new public health professionals are navigating today’s changing workforce.

Pathways to Growth for Emerging Public Health Professionals

Date: May 15, 2024, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Tia “Tee” Benally (she/her), MPH
Research Coordinator, Seven Directions

Malcolm Clay (he/him), BAS Community Health
Community Engagement Coordinator, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Brooke Ambrose (she/her), MPH
Risk Reduction and Prevention Health Program Specialist at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW)

Emma Diffendal (she/her), BS Public Health
Environmental Health Specialist, Wahkiakum County

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.