The first in the CDC Foundation’s Lights, Camera, Action: The Future of Public Health series, this summit brought together more than 1,200 participants that discussed how to build a more diverse and effective public health workforce. This document frames the discussion as well as an initial list of actions suggested for a variety of sectors and stakeholders, including academia, federal agencies, business partners, and communities.
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.