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Cornell University to train 1,000 for nation’s first Public Health Corps


(WBNG) -- Cornell University says it has teamed up with the New York State Government and Northwell Health System to train 1,000 people for the New York State Public Health Corps.

The Health Corps will support a COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort and "improve long-term public health outcomes across the state," Cornell University says.

The training will be done through online courses, utilizing "expertise" from the university's Master of Public Health Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and through eCornell.

Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack says she is honored to work with Governor Cuomo and the state government on the creation of the Health Corps.

“Consistent with our core commitment to changing lives through public engagement, we look forward to providing training that will enable people not only to support the immediate need to fairly and effectively vaccinate against COVID-19, but also to be prepared to confront future public health challenges," she said in a news release.

Northwell Health Systems will develop clinical training for the Health Corps trainees who will become the vaccinators.

The university says its Master of Public Health Program and eCornell will also develop a citizen public health training program to ensure New York State is prepared for the next public-health crisis.

The Health Corps was first mentioned in Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address on Jan. 11.

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