Host Site Testimonials

The 2024 host site application cycle will open in early 2024.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the PHAP helpdesk at

Every October, associates are hired into public health jobs across the country, where they gain hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of public health programs. While PHAP offers tremendous benefits to associates through training and support, the host site also receives numerous benefits, including a unique partnership with CDC and capacity building to fill gaps in staffing caused by budget shortages.

Here are some of the things host sites are saying about the work their associates do for them and why hosting an associate is an asset to their agency—

“Public health associates brings fresh ideas, new, and a comfort with and knowledge of technology. Our associate is a critical and valuable member of our team. By hosting an associate, we have been able to provide services to our community that we otherwise could not. Our agency will absolutely apply for an associate again in the future.”
  • Host Site Supervisor, Judy Olsen
    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
“Hiring a public health associate provides a mutually beneficial relationship for both the associate and the host site. Having a PHAP associate imbedded for a two-year period has provided a unique experience, allowing the associate to become a co-worker/team member and add to the overall culture and norms of our operations.”
  • Host Site Supervisor, Nola Goodrich
    Genesee and Orleans Counties Health Departments
“Public health associates bring a refreshing enthusiasm to each host site assignment, which can reinvigorate long-standing projects or help create new ideas. We have had great experiences with our public health associates over the years and are excited to continue to participate as a host site.”
  • Host Site Supervisor, Angela Consentino
    City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services