Jessica Hillman – CDC Associate in the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services

The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories and work alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings. Throughout the two-year training program, associates gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. After completing the program, PHAP graduates are qualified to apply for jobs with public health agencies and organizations. (CDC, 2018)

Let me introduce you to Jessica Hillman, the new CDC associate at the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services. Jessica Hillman is a Massachusetts native with a passion for Environmental Health. Her work experience includes being an AmeriCorps Member and a research coordinator for an Environmental Consulting agency. Jessica has a Master’s of Science in Global Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science from McGill University.

During the senior year of her undergrad studies, Jessica saw a posting on USA jobs for an epidemiologist for the CDC and became inspired in her journey into public health. The public health associate program is a great way to start working for the CDC without a lot of experience in public health. Jessica started working in Nashua on October 1st. Jessica was surprised by how much she likes Nashua as a place to live, compared to Boston and other metropolitan areas. Nashua is small in comparison but still has lots to offer a young professional.  Jessica has jumped into the public health work and is currently working on the Community Health Improvement Plan with the Community Services Team but would love to work on Environmental Health Capacity building. “I am hoping to work for the CDC in Atlanta after this program is completed.”

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