The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) represent public health agencies and professionals across the country. Both organizations provide critical programs and training for the current public health workforce and are an important resource for the field. With health departments across the country facing significant funding cuts and limited capacity, it became increasingly important for both NACCHO and ASTHO to provide professional development opportunities that meet the needs of the public health workforce as efficiently and effectively as possible.
In 2011, the de Beaumont Foundation funded a collaborative project between these organizations to conduct a scan of existing educational offerings for the public health workforce; identify needs and opportunities for shared curriculum; and leverage joint e-learning opportunities to easily reach individuals from across the country. By working together on this project, staff, resources, expertise, and existing infrastructure were leveraged to ensure overall efficiency, full representation of the potential audiences, and long-term sustainability for public health educational programs.