While acknowledging that public health workforce shortages are likely to persist, the paper identified strategies that policymakers could adopt to alleviate shortages, including taking proactive steps to increase the diversity of the workforce, introducing loan repayment programs for public health graduates, reforms to the government hiring process, and increased public health worker protections.
Recipients of undergraduate degrees in public health are highly diverse, with more than 80 percent being women and 55 percent from communities of color. However, after graduation, only about 10 percent of degree recipients are currently choosing public sector employment opportunities.
In announcing the award, LPHA Chair Sarah Grasshuesch lauded CPHS’s work as “going above and beyond to elevate the workforce-related challenges faced by local public health.”
The researchers provide peer-reviewed evidence that to meet a minimum level of public health needs, local and state health departments across the country need to hire 80% more FTEs over pre-pandemic levels.
Supported with a first-of-its-kind joint $4.7 million cooperative agreement from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), six U.S. universities have now come together to conduct robust workforce research, evaluation, and analysis.
SPH launched the Center for Public Health Systems (CPHS) to conduct field-defining public health systems research and to provide technical assistance and other services to support public health departments.
SPH is a partner in the new program aiming to increase immediate capacity within the public health field and create a diverse pipeline of future public health employees.
The University’s Schools of Public Health and Nursing are leading the TRIUMPH consortium to train more than 600 students and public health professionals in informatics at universities that have historically served Black, Latinx, and Native American people.
Researcher JP Leider led the development of a system designed to quickly and fairly connect patients and providers with facilities offering monoclonal antibodies and other treatments. (JP Leider)
A study by researcher JP Leider reveals that federal estimates overestimate actual public health spending by as much as two-thirds.
The PH WINS survey co-developed by researcher JP Leider showed more than 40 percent of governmental public health workers are planning on retiring by 2023 or considering leaving their positions within the next year.