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The Public Health Workforce Is Not Okay: Lessons from the Public Health Frontline

The public health workforce is not okay. In this series of articles, I will share what it has been like on the public health frontline and how these experiences have changed me forever. I will share the lessons I have learned and what I want the people around me to know, both inside and outside of the public health sector.

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Public Health Training Centers Partner with Community Health Worker Organizations to Train and Support the CHW Workforce

Public Health Training Center (PHTC) case studies demonstrate how partnering with Community Health Worker (CHW) supporting organizations can leverage existing training capacity (in Needs Assessment, Training Development and Delivery, and Student Placement in applied practice) to elevate the vital CHW workforce. There is growing evidence that CHWs can improve their clients’ health behaviors and health outcomes, particularly within vulnerable communities,

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Do Public Health Professionals Want to Address Their Gaps in Competency? It Depends on Job Level

Public health professionals are expected to engage in trainings to address competency gaps in core public health domains, but among professionals in non-management positions, gaps in competency often predicted disinterest in ameliorative training.  Experts agree that competency in multiple core domains (analysis, leadership, communication, etc.) is desirable for public health professionals. Nevertheless, research indicates that the majority lack such competency.

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PH WINS Reveals Rising Stress and Burnout in Public Health

More than half of America’s public health workers report at least one symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey of nearly 45,000 employees in state and local government public health departments. The Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), conducted by the de Beaumont Foundation and ASTHO, now

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Rural Public Health Systems Discourse – Ongoing Challenges, Few Solutions

The Wide World of Public Health Systems

Given the shortage of workers in today’s post-COVID economy, all LHDs—urban and rural—are facing workforce gaps and finding it hard to recruit staff. However, the challenges to rural LHDs are compounded by their being under-funded. Several years ago, when my friend had to be taken by air ambulance from North Dakota to Minneapolis to get prompt treatment for severe frost

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Post-COVID Public Health Workforce Planning: Now Is the Time to Begin

Post-COVID recovery of the public health workforce should begin as soon as possible. These questions may help guide your planning. January 20, 2020, will forever be etched into history books as the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the United States. The country declared a public health emergency less than two weeks later. Over the next several weeks, almost everyone’s jobs

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