Field of Work: Improving science education for children in grades six through nine.
Problem Synopsis: Studies have warned of a severe shortage of skilled public health professionals in the United States. To effectively address this issue, the nation must improve science education programs for all students. As the number of students participating in effective K–12 programs increases, so does the pipeline of scientists and engineers—including public health professionals. The middle school years are an especially critical period.
Synopsis of the Work: Public Health Pipeline: The Future Generation of Public Health Leaders (October 1997 to January 2006) consisted of two interrelated components: creating education/public health partnerships and developing a science curriculum.
Working with two organizations (the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development [ASCD] and the National Science Resources Center [NSRC]), the program: