Congratulations to Ellen Averett, recently appointed as AUPHA’s representative to the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (known as the Council on Linkages). Averett is a Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine where she directs the Community Health Center Executive Fellowship (CHCEF) program and the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree program. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and subsequently an MHSA from the University of Kansas. She practiced psychology for 25 years before joining the KU faculty.
The Council on Linkages is a collaborative of 22 national organizations focused on improving public health education and training, practice, and research. Established in 1992 to implement the recommendations of the Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum, the Council on Linkages works to further academic/practice collaboration to ensure a well-trained, competent workforce and the development and use of a strong evidence base for public health practice.
The Council’s mission is to improve the performance of individuals and organizations within public health by fostering, coordinating, and monitoring collaboration among the academic, public health practice, and healthcare communities; promoting public health education and training for health professionals throughout their careers; and developing and advancing innovative strategies to build and strengthen public health infrastructure.