Research to Action is a hands-on program designed to help state and local health agencies improve retention and recruitment and stimulate creativity and innovation among their employees.

Research to Action is a hands-on program designed to help state and local health agencies improve retention and recruitment and stimulate creativity and innovation among their employees. In collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), the de Beaumont Foundation developed the Research to Action program to improve retention and stimulate creativity and innovation in the public health workforce. In the positive change certification program, teams from selected state and local agencies address recruitment or retention challenges while developing skills in change management and systems thinking.

The program was created to address findings from the de Beaumont Foundation’s Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) — conducted in partnership with the ASTHO, NACCHO, and BCHC — which identified a number of challenges and opportunities in governmental public health. Despite a high level of engagement, nearly half of the workforce say they are considering leaving their organization in the next five years. Just 22 percent are planning to retire during that time; another 25 percent plan to leave in the next year for reasons other than retirement. From 2014 to 2017, there has been a 41 percent increase in the number of employees who say they’re planning to leave.

The top reasons people give for considering leaving include dissatisfaction with pay, lack of opportunity for advancement, and workplace environment. Workers do not believe that creativity and innovation are rewarded. In fact, while 67 percent say that creativity and innovation are rewarded, only 41 percent of non-supervisors agree.

Applications for the first cohort are due June 21, 2019. Review the application or apply through our online application submission portal. For more information, contact Kris Risley at risley@debeaumont.org or Samantha Cinnick at cinnick@debeaumont.org.

 

 

 

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