Creating a Common Agenda for Public Health Workforce Development
Thank you for your interest in the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development. Please take our survey to help shape a common agenda for the workforce.
The National Consortium brings together key stakeholders to create lasting change in the public health system. We cannot ensure the well-being of all communities until we overcome the underlying issues and conditions that limit the effectiveness of the public health workforce and impede the equitable delivery of public health services to communities.
The time is right for change. Persistent health disparities, only deepened by COVID-19, highlight the need to ensure the public health workforce is able to support communities. However, the pandemic has also laid bare and exacerbated gaps in the workforce. Optimistically, COVID-19 has also increased public awareness of public health, which has led to increased political will to invest in change. A time of uncertainty is a moment for reimagining and innovation.
The system is complex and includes professionals from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, academia, and law. 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.
Working collaboratively over the past few months, the Steering Committee of the National Consortium has created a draft agenda for what needs to happen: 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. Now we want you to tell us what you think: what we got right, what we got wrong, and how we can make it better and even more reflective of the vision and principles of the public health community. Please complete the survey by close of business on April 30.
View or download the complete draft common agenda.