Public health is about population groups – looking beyond health care services to the aspects of society, environment, culture, economy and community that shape the health status of populations.
Pasifika peoples continue to have poorer health status than the general New Zealand population, with lower life expectancy and higher rates of mortality and hospitalisations for conditions that could have been avoided, given timely access to effective healthcare.
A key enabler for reducing inequalities in health outcomes is developing a capable workforce. Le Va’s focus is to strengthen the Pacific public health workforce, and enhance the capability of the non-Pacific workforce to ensure access to best possible services for Pasifika people and their families.
Le Va’s work is guided by Ministry of Health priorities, as outlined in Taeao o Tautai: Pacific Public Health Workforce Development Implementation Plan which is currently being refreshed.
Applications for the 2019 Pasifika Public Health Grants are now closed. Please check in with us later in the year for our 2020 round.
Public health qualifications open a range of doors for diverse career opportunities. Be inspired to work in public health by watching videos of four Pasifika leaders working in public health.