Modernizing the Workforce for the Public’s Health: Shifting the Balance Public Health Workforce Summit Report

This report from the Public Health Workforce Summit advocates for and reinforces the need to develop the public health workforce in the United States. It provides contextual information on the Summit and detailed information on priorities established and the roadmap adopted.

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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.

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Public Health