Center for Public Health Systems

The Center for Public Health Systems (CPHS) supports public health practitioners and public health systems using evidence-based research.

We provide direct services via technical assistance, research, and evaluation in partnership with health departments across the U.S. We also conduct innovative research on public health workforce, finance, infrastructure, and policy both on the national level and in collaboration with Minnesota’s public health system.

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Chelsey Kirkland

Community health workers (CHWs) are essential to the functioning of our nation’s public health workforce,” says Chelsey Kirkland, SPH researcher and lead author. “However, because the CHW position is a newer role within many public health agencies, little research has been conducted on CHW recruitment and retention strategies. Improving organizational support, satisfaction with pay, and job security can significantly improve CHW retention, which may lower overall organizational costs from hiring and training, enhance organizational morale, and promote community health through continued trust and relationships between CHWs and community members.

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