On April 18-19, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) hosted the PCO Training Academy Kick-Off at their offices in Arlington, Virginia. The PCO Training Academy is an orientation program for new PCO staff and provides a mentoring opportunity to pair new PCO staff with veteran staff. Presentations included shortage designation, meeting their project officers and strategic partnerships (SORH, PCA, etc.). During breakout sessions, mentors and mentees met to discuss the objectives of their mentoring program and strategies to accomplish the objectives over the next year.
In a joint presentation, Rachel Moscato (FORHP), Chris Salyers (NOSORH), and Tom Rauner (NE) provided an overview of the SORH program and opportunities for collaboration between SORH and their PCO offices. Special attention in the presentation was placed on the different SORH structures and opportunities available, regardless of the existing relationship a SORH may have with a PCO. The joint presentation can be accessed here.