This website outlines Racial Justice Competencies for Public Health Professionals developed by the Public Health Training Centers, in partnership with the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). These competencies can be used in developing racial justice education training and are consistent with agencies across the country declaring racism a public health issue, and expressing interest in ongoing health equity and racial justice training.
Public Health Workforce Development and Diversity
The public health workforce plays an essential role in securing the vital conditions for health and well-being for all to thrive. A skilled, resourced, and robust public health workforce is needed to meet the demands of public health today and prepare for the needs of tomorrow. A diverse public health workforce is better equipped to address the needs of the most impacted and marginalized, and implement population health strategies. COVID-19 has shed light on challenges facing the public health workforce, while also exacerbating them. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to skill up the workforce; support workers’ needs; center equity in workforce development efforts; and plan for the future.