The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a hub for professional public health activities in the province and has much to offer students and new professionals. The New Professionals Working Group (NPWG) was created in 2013 to magnify the opportunities for those starting out in the public health field within the OPHA. In 2015, the New Professionals Working Group has been rebranded to become the New Professionals Network (NPN). By providing members with opportunities and a platform for professional development, network building, engagement opportunities, and continuous learning, the NPN offers an edge to those pursuing employment or career advancement in public health. Through its close affiliation and collaboration with the OPHA, the NPN works to engage student and new professional members by creating access to resources and knowledge-sharing through social media, web, and organization-wide, as well as providing various networking opportunities with peers as well as professionals at all levels in the industry. The Mission/Mandate The New Professionals Network provides a platform for students and new professionals, enabling networking, knowledge-sharing and growth, to increase value and benefits to those working towards a career in public health in Ontario. Core Activities Hosting professional networking events, both formal and informal, bringing together peers and professionals at all levels in public health Collaborating with academic and professional organizations to provide recognition and career advancement opportunities. Supporting students and new professionals in their public health career through knowledge-sharing and skills-building, such as career webinar series Harnessing social media and Web 2.0 to showcase OPHA members and connect students and new professionals to opportunities View our workplan here. 2015- 2016 NPN Chairing Committee Members of the chairing committee are based across the province and range in their academic and professional backgrounds, providing a diverse and representative body of experience in public health. Megha Bhavsar Priya Iyer Co-Chairs Daphne Liu Zinnia Bhatliwalla Networking & Professional Development Co-Leads Rochelle D'souza Anjum Sultana Engagement and Outreach Co-Leads Cristina Cappucci Arjun Sehgal Online Networking & Social Media Development Lead Find us on LinkedIn and Twitter! Public Health Perspectives The Public Health Perspectives a blog hosted by the New Professionals Network, showcases the talent and expertise of student and new professional OPHA members. Blog posts cover hot topics including internship and early work experiences, the “backpack to briefcase” transition, and current issues in public health practice.