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The de Beaumont Foundation, in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Officials, and the Big Cities Health Coalition, is seeking applications for an intensive 18-month program designed to help state and local health agencies improve retention and recruitment and build a more creative and innovative workforce. Download the application or a one-page flyer.

We know from 2017 Public Health Workforce and Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) findings that the workforce faces a high level of turnover. Nearly half of the workforce is considering leaving their organization in the next five years; 25 percent plan to leave in the next year for reasons other than retirement. Between 2014 and 2017, there was a 41 percent increase in staff planning to leave their organization.

To address these challenges, the Research to Action program will fund up to seven agencies that want to take action. Participants will learn critical leadership strategies and tools in change management and systems thinking using an appreciative inquiry framework. This framework is one of a few post-modern approaches to change that integrates a whole system response. It is part of the “strengths revolution” that focuses on what we do best rather than our weaknesses. It works under the principles that “words create worlds” and that the questions we ask are fateful (positive image leads to positive action). In other words, to become good or great, we need to ask generative questions about what is already happening that is good or great.

The application will be available on June 1 and will be due on June 21. The program is open to state, territorial, county, and city health departments that have at least 25 employees. Departments that have not participated in PH WINS will need to participate in a baseline survey this summer. Please consider attending one of our information sessions:

May 17, 3:00-4:00pm ET
Join the meeting at or call 1-872-240-3412; Access Code: 138-703-173

June 3, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Join the meeting at or call 1-872-240-3412; Access Code: 453-634-069

The de Beaumont Foundation will pay all program fees for the core team, including two trips to the Washington, DC, area for in-person training sessions. Travel participants will also receive a certificate in positive change leadership at the conclusion of the program. The program begins on Aug. 23 with a welcome webinar. The first in-person meeting takes place September 8-10, 2019. The program concludes in December 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Sam Cinnick, program officer for workforce development at the de Beaumont Foundation, or Kris Risley, managing director for workforce development.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to support the public health workforce!


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