The state of the US governmental public health workforce, 2014–2017

Katie Sellers, Jonathon P. Leider, Elizabeth Gould, Brian C. Castrucci, Angela Beck, Kyle Bogaert, Fátima Coronado, Gulzar Shah, Valerie Yeager, Leslie M. Beitsch, Paul C. Erwin

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Public health workforce development efforts during the past 50 years have evolved from a focus on enumerating workers to comprehensive strategies that address workforce size and composition, training, recruitment and retention, effectiveness, and expected competencies in public health practice. We provide new perspectives on the public health workforce, using data from the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey, the largest nationally representative survey of the governmental public health workforce in the United States. Five major thematic areas are explored: workforce diversity in a changing demographic environment; challenges of an aging workforce, including impending retirements and the need for succession planning; workers’ salaries and challenges of recruiting new staff; the growth of undergraduate public health education and what this means for the future public health workforce; and workers’ awareness and perceptions of national trends in the field. We discussed implications for policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-680
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019

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Funding Information:
The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey was funded by the de Beaumont Foundation.

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© 2019 American Public Health Association Inc.. All rights reserved.


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