The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health – – Indianapolis represented a large contribution to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice special supplement regarding the current and future public health workforce. The supplement uses nationally collected data from the Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH WINS).
The founding dean of Fairbanks School of Public Health , Dr. Paul Halverson, is a co-editor of this special edition and author of the editorial “Ensuring a Strong Public Health Workforce for the 21st Century: Reflections on PH WINS 2017,” which focuses on the insights provided by the PH WINS in addressing public health workforce issues and ensuring more engaged and productive staff.
Included in the supplement are publications on training motivations among public health professionals, the impact of public health informatics in local/state health agencies, the future of the workforce, and the relationship between health department accreditation and workforce satisfaction. Researchers examined the overall training motivations of public health workers and explored how training needs differ. For example, one study found that public health informatics specialists continue to be rare in local and state health departments, and the broader public health workforce has unmet data/informatics training needs.
The researchers involved include Dr. Valerie Yeager, associate professor in health policy and management; Mr. Nate Apathy, health policy and management PhD student; Mr. Timothy McFarlane, epidemiology lecturer and PhD candidate; Dr. Brian Dixon, associate professor in epidemiology; Ms. Casey Balio, health policy and management PhD student; and Dr. Leslie Beitsch, FSPH National Advisory Council member.Tags: Friday Letter Submission