Growing Your Career in 

Public Health: 

2021 NYSPHA Fall Workshop Series 


Now is a great time to be in public health. Public health has been redefined over the last 18 months, increasing opportunities, connecting more people, opening up virtual environments and responding to the countless needs of a pandemic. What better time than now to work in the field of public health? 

Join us for the fall workshop series to build your skill sets, learn tips for networking, find a mentor and get that interview for the latest hot job in public health. Register now for insight into the opportunities you won’t want to miss and we'll walk you through how to grow your career in public health.

Friday, November 12th 

12:00-1:00 PM

Resume Building and HR- Breaking Through for an Interview


Erin Sinisgalli, Executive Director, New York State Public Health Association 

Sherrie Dulworth, Chief Marketing Officer, HealthSearch Group

A resume is a gateway to make a lasting first impression on potential employers’, and a vehicle that allows you to highlight and expand on your skillset, qualifications, expertise, and accomplishments. A well-organized resume can increase your chances of landing an interview for your dream position! This workshop will highlight ways to present yourself to potential employers, and stand out among other applicants through impactful resume building, and mastering the interview process.  


Monday, November 22nd 

12:00-1:00 PM

Networking In Public Health: Best Tips for How To


Dr. Kavitha P. Das, B.D.S., MPH, MS

Senior Scientist, Mount Sinai Hospital

Denise Tahara, PhD

President NYSPHA and Associate Professor, New York Medical College

Helen Evans, BS

President of NYSARH and Associate Director, Ardent Solutions

Networking and relationship building are effective ways to discover new opportunities, find new leads, and develop collaborative partnerships. In this workshop, learn best practices of when and how to network, as well as how to build upon your communication skills, exchange information, increase your confidence, and cultivate ongoing professional relationships.


Thursday, December 2nd 

12:00-1:00 PM

Mentorship- How to Find a Mentor/How to Be a Good Mentee


Nicholas Bilas, Healthcare Leaders of NY

Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Nassau County Department of Health 

A positive mentorship experience requires a well-rounded and comprehensive mentorship process. This workshop will provide participants who are interested in finding a mentor, with important skills and ideas required to guide the mentorship process, and what you can expect as a mentee to ensure a successful experience and outcome.  

Nicholas Bilas is an accomplished healthcare professional with demonstrated experience in operations and service delivery. He has held positions in both ambulatory and inpatient settings within large health systems and has built a reputation of fostering change and streamlining operations in response to healthcare quality and patient centered care. Currently, Mr. Bilas directs the operational, financial, administrative and human resource functions of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s International Center & Program, one of the world's premier cancer centers. There, he designed and implemented innovative international programming with MSK’s global partners. Mr. Bilas serves as the current Past-President for Healthcare Leaders of New York, the local education, networking, and career planning chapter for American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) serving 2000 members.

Lawrence Eisenstein, M.D., FACP is Commissioner of Health for the Nassau County Department of Health, Mineola, New York, a county of 1.3 million people. Dr. Eisenstein is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Eisenstein is Past-President of the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) and served a 9-year full term on their Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Dr. Eisenstein joined the Nassau County Department of Health as Deputy Commissioner in 2009.Dr. Eisenstein completed residency in Internal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. He then served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Winthrop-University Hospital. This was followed by Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Winthrop. Dr. Eisenstein began studying medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and completed his medical schooling at New York Medical College. Prior, he received a BA from Binghamton University. Dr. Eisenstein is Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Health Professions and Kinesiology. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Preventive Health, and Public Health Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at New York Medical College.


Tuesday, December 7th

12:00-1:00 PM

Hot Careers in Public Health


Keshana Owens-Cody, MSHRM, Senior Director, Community Empowerment at Alliance for Better Health

Heather Krasna, MS, EdM,  Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Erin Knoerl, New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship Program

The field of public health is ever growing and changing and constantly needs new professionals. Public health career areas include epidemiology, disaster and emergency preparedness, nursing, environmental health, and many more. This workshop will highlight the variety of careers available within the public health field, qualifications needed, and how to discover the path that is perfect for you!   

Keshana Owens-Cody has worked in community health for over fifteen years. Keshana has worked as a direct care,  case management, and care coordination professional in foster care, mental health residential treatment, and home and community-based services. Keshana has leveraged her lived and work experience with a laser focus on systems change, breaking silos, fostering collaboration, social care network development, and enhancing workforce development for community health professionals that moves from reactive to preventive services. Keshana recognizes the impact social determinants has on our communities and empowers stakeholders to step in the gap to foster resilience in our communities.

Heather Krasna, MS, EdM is the co-author of 101+ Careers in Public Health (3rd Edition), the only book in print in the United States focusing on public health careers. This book covers more than 120 career paths, and includes interviews with 54 public health professionals explaining what they do in their work, as well as job market forecasts and unique career guidance and job search advice tailored to the growing and meaningful public health career field. Krasna has also served as Assistant Dean of Career Services at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health since 2013. In this role, she spearheads efforts to ensure that students and alumni of the school obtain meaningful careers in public health by developing career education programs and building connections with employers. Throughout her 22 years as a career services professional, she has served as Director of Career Services at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs as well as Internship Program Coordinator at Baruch College, CUNY.

Erin Knoerl is the Assistant Director for the New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship Program in the Office of Public Health Practice at the New York State Department of Health. She is responsible for assisting in the direction, management, and oversight of the New York State Public Health Corps Program and its administrative operations, fostering partnerships with stakeholders, including local health departments and institutions of higher education, to advance the goals of the Program, and overseeing the contracts to develop, implement and evaluate the program. Ms. Knoerl holds a Masters in Public Health degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

Registration Fee

Free to NYSPHA members

Non-members: $30 for full series or $10 per session

Includes 1 CPH or CHES credit per session

Sponsorship Opportunities Available! 

Is your company interested in partnering with the New York State Public Health Association to host this event?  If your organization has a product, service or program to share that relates to this year's fall workshop topics or theme, and/or the audience we serve, we proudly offer sponsorship and a variety of electronic advertising opportunities.  Please send an email to for more information.

Sponsorship per session is $500 and includes:

  • Company overview provided during session opening (by NYSPHA) and/or sponsor video played (:60 seconds max)
  • Logo on website and emails with website link
  • Emails branded with sponsor information (includes blurb about sponsor)
  • Unlimited complimentary registrations for session of sponsor employees (must have a company email address)
  • Mailing list of attendees to distribute samples/product information

Additional opportunities:

  • e-blast to attendees of all sessions and/or members $100 (discounted from our usual $250)
  • Sponsored lunch for first 100 registered $1,500
  • Sponsor a student $30 each

Sponsor registration now open!

Scholarship Opportunities Available! 

Full-time students and retirees interested in scholarship opportunities for the Fall workshop webinar series, please email to with the subject heading "Fall Workshop Scholarship"  to apply.


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