On October 18, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS Acting Secretary for Health, released “Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action to Create a 21st Century Public Health Infrastructure.” According to HHS, “Public Health 3.0 is a major upgrade in public health practice to emphasize cross-sectoral environmental, policy, and systems-level actions that directly affect the social determinants of health and advance health equity. It represents a challenge to business leaders, community leaders, state lawmakers, and Federal policymakers to incorporate health into all areas of governance.”
The recommendations released by Dr. DeSalvo are:
Among the many secondary recommendations contained in the report, HHS states that “Local public health agencies should partner with public health training centers and academic schools and programs of public health to inform training that meets the local public health workforce needs.”
The report was released at a public session held in Washington on Tuesday that featured introductory remarks from the Surgeon General, presentation of the recommendations by Dr. DeSalvo, and several reactor panels. The session was webcast and will be posted online shortly.
The Making of Public Health 3.0 Leaders
Dean Lynn Goldman, George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, co-hosted an event on Monday, October 17 with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS Acting Secretary for Health, and Dr. John Auerbach, Director of Policy, CDC, along with a panel discussion with health commissioners: Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore, Maryland; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. Stephen Williams, Houston, Texas; and Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma State shared visions and thoughts on leadership, workforce development and the future of public health in the Public Health 3.0 era.
The panel stressed that everyone in the United States should be served by a strong public health system, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income and zip code. In the Public Health 3.0 era, the vision is for local, state and tribal public health leaders to act as the chief health strategists for their communities. As the chief health strategist, public health leaders of the 21st century need to demonstrate competencies including leadership, including ability to build coalitions and partnerships to influence health outcomes; ability to communicate public health issues to various audiences; ability to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data; and awareness of cultural values and practice within communities. These competencies are informed by the traditional public health core knowledge areas as well as cross-cutting and emerging public health areas.