Introducing the ASTHO-Mason Collaborative
The ASTHO-Mason Collaborative for Applied Public Health Practice is a groundbreaking initiative to prepare the next generation of research and practice leaders in public health. The Collaborative exemplifies the intersection of academia and practice through interprofessional and transdisciplinary applied research, workforce training, and executive leadership education.
Together, ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) and George Mason's College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) will create innovative academic programs and training for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students from various disciplines. In addition, the initiative helps develop the next generation of public health leaders in Virginia and across the country through the Collaborative Scholars program, which is located at ASTHO’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters.
Practitioners benefit from CHHS faculty expertise as well. The Collaborative provides College faculty opportunities to work with ASTHO staff on applied research and evaluation projects with governmental health agencies to improve the public’s health, such as assisting state health agencies in conducting needs assessments and policy evaluations. Such opportunities will have consequences for the public’s health.
The Collaborative will increase access to public health education and training through student fellowships, innovative curriculum, applied practice and policy research, and academic and continuing education programs for public health students and professionals. Three ASTHO-Mason scholars have received fellowships thus far.