Our Mission

Public Health Rock Star /puhb-lik helth rok stahr/
Noun: Courageous, passionate, authentic, resilient public health disruptor.

Our mission is to create a space for Public Health Rock Stars to connect, share ideas, and work together to transform the public health landscape.

Our Vision

The full power of public health unleashed.


Our Values

  • Community
  • Connection
  • Vulnerability
  • Out-of-the-box thinking
  • Kindness and generosity
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion
  • Sustainability

The Issue

Public health has had a rough run recently. And let’s be honest, it has yet to meet its full potential in the world.

At Public Health Connected, we believe that public health needs a substantial shake-up.

To do that, we need people who are courageous, passionate, authentic, and resilient. People who are ready to disrupt the status quo. 

And we need a space where they can connect; share creative, out-of-the-box ideas; dig into the work of transforming the public health landscape.

Public Health Connected is creating this space in order to unleash the full power of public health.  

Our Story

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, our founder and executive director Dr. Kristi McClamroch was feeling a bit lost. She was working from home with a colleague to write an epidemiology textbook, but she wasn’t actively connected to the broader community of public health professionals. She was struggling to keep up with the emerging science on COVID-19 by herself. And, although she was feeling the rush of the public health call, other parts of her life prevented her from jumping into the field to help.

On March 17, 2021, the day after her county went into shelter-in-place, she launched a Facebook group called “Public Health Rock Stars”. Her objective was to provide a platform for public health professionals to:

  1. Connect with others to discuss emerging COVID-19 information;
  2. Provide support to each other amidst our growing fears and frustrations;
  3. Share our challenges and successes, both personal and professional, during the pandemic.

The group grew to over 3,500 people working to improve public health.

In response to the unexpected and exciting success of the Facebook group, Kristi launched Public Health Connected. As a public health disruptor herself, she and the PHC board of public health disruptors are ready to shake things up and unleash the full power of public health.

Meet Our Leadership

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” Mother Teresa