Grant Amount: Direct Charitable Activity
Recipient: de Beaumont Foundation Initiative
Public health associations and issues have traditionally suffered from the “silo” effect; different sectors or groups receive distinct funding and develop individual approaches to improvement. This has been the case in public health workforce development as well. There is no unified source of funding for workforce development, so the workforce often lacks coordination and a unified focus for improving the foundational knowledge and cross-training needed to address an increasingly complex approach to population health improvement.
The de Beaumont Foundation believes that developing the public health workforce is a necessity in achieving our mission of improving the practice of public health in the United States. The Foundation has brought together a group of public health leaders from national partners, agencies and associations to serve on the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development. Drawing on the work of de Beaumont’s and ASTHO’s PHWINS project and the report from the workforce development convening hosted with ASTHO in 2013, the Consortium conducted an asset analysis of public health systems thinking, change management, communicating persuasively, informatics and analytics, problem solving, and working with diverse populations, issues that had been identified as priorities by public health workers. We explored approaches to expand access to and reduce redundancy in existing curricula and training, as well as focused on developing partnerships with healthcare and private sector organizations to find common interests in trainings for transferable skills. Finally, the Consortium developed recommendations for a national model that may be able to simplify learning pathways and define a best practices approach to public health workforce development.