This toolkit serves as a reference for community-based organizations and other advocates that wish to secure funding to expand the public health workforce in their communities and/or to hold recipients of these funds accountable for the distribution and use of federal COVID-related funding. It supports efforts to address social inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes advocacy one-pagers, resources to support advocating for needed workforce positions, key information on federal funding streams, and an appendix of helpful resources.
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.