The School of Public Health’s vision for workforce development is to expand the knowledge of the public health workforce by meeting training needs through continuing education efforts and via strategic capacity building with local, national, and international partners. By the school’s definition, public health workforce members include anyone impacting community health outcomes through their vocations. Explicit within our vision is to include those in professional roles represented by the diverse disciplines of our school and whose work contributes to the larger goals of public health, but who may not be traditionally considered “public health.” Therefore, school workforce development initiatives reach both traditional and non-traditional public health workers.
Alex Purcell, B.S., M.P.H. candidate
Alex is the Workforce Development Specialist with the Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships. In this role, Alex is responsible for advancing the knowledge and best practices of our public health workforce through continuing education and via strategic capacity building to improve public health outcomes. His work focuses on addressing public health issues through building the capacity of the key stakeholders in the workforce to improve outcomes pertaining to the identified need.
Alex is currently leading the Public Health & YOU initiative through the Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships to provide free online content in various public health topics. He is committed to helping members of the workforce understand their role in improving the quality of life for all people.
Alex started as a faculty member with the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington in the fall of 2016 after four years in the healthcare sector. As a manager in a local healthcare system, Alex was in charge of statewide programming to address childhood obesity. Alex has experience with management, partnership development, strategic planning, and community outreach & engagement.
Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Health Administration, both from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.
Erin Cooperman, J.D.
Erin is the AmeriCorps Program Director within the workforce development team in the Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships. As the program director, Erin manages the AmeriCorps program, fosters partnerships with community organizations, and tracks partnerships across the school. In addition, she is an instructor within the school teaching graduate level legal issues courses and an undergraduate family law class.
Before joining the School of Public Health, Erin served as a legal intern in Toledo, Ohio, and was a social worker and teacher in the Incentives for Excellence program at the YWCA.
Erin earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Indiana University, and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is currently working to complete a Master of Public Health degree at IU.
Linda serves as a Community Relations Specialist in the Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships. She has served in similar roles at Purdue University, the Indiana Youth Institute and the Indiana Prevention Resource Center. Linda also held the role of State Representative-District 65 in the Indiana General Assembly from 1992 to 1994.
Linda holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.