A Common Agenda for Public Health Workforce Development
In 2020, the de Beaumont Foundation convened a Planning Committee representing public health agencies and associations, academia, philanthropy, and the federal government to relaunch the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development and to develop an action plan for strengthening and supporting the public health workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic had laid bare and exacerbated gaps in the workforce, and persistent health disparities highlighted the need to ensure the workforce could support communities.
It was clear to the Planning Committee that the public health workforce will not be able to ensure the well-being of everyone in this country until the public health community collaborates to overcome the underlying issues and conditions that limit the effectiveness of the workforce and impede the equitable delivery of public health services.
To provide a concrete starting place, the National Consortium will focus on state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health (also referred to as governmental public health). Nevertheless, we hope the work we do will ultimately benefit the entire workforce.
Over the next few months, the Steering Committee of the National Consortium will share the outcomes of its collaborative work: decisions about where we need to focus, what we need to do to succeed, and what we must keep in mind as we pursue our collective vision.
While the Steering Committee has led this effort, the outcomes reflect the input of hundreds of members of the public health community across the country, for which we are grateful and which we hope will persist as we begin to do the hard work of collaborating to achieve our vision.