Public Health Workforce Strategy

Grant Amount: $185,000
Recipient: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Previous assessments of public health workers have been oriented towards specific and localized groups but have not addressed the cross-cutting needs of the public health workforce. On April 17-18, 2013, the de Beaumont Foundation and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) convened 31 representatives from all levels of national public health leadership groups to collectively assess the priorities, needs, and characteristics of the public health workforce. The ASTHO/de Beaumont Public Health Workforce Strategy meeting is part of a multi-year commitment to identify the top strategic challenges and opportunities that the current and future public health workforce must address.

Twenty-six workforce training needs were identified through pre-meeting interviews and from this list, systems thinking, communicating persuasively, and change management/flexibility were identified as top priorities. Reaching consensus around these critical priorities sets a clear agenda to create trainings and tools for a stronger public health workforce.  Building on this work, de Beaumont and ASTHO identified an expert panel to develop and implement an innovative, national survey that will measure the strengths, weaknesses, attitudes, skills, and beliefs of the public health workforce. The Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH WINS) was launched in 2014. The final product will be a full and detailed report on the country’s current public health workforce and an effective roadmap for the field’s future development.