This paper examines five areas: workforce diversity in a changing demographic environment; challenges of an aging workforce, including impending retirements and the need for succession planning; workers’ salaries and challenges of recruiting new staff; the growth of undergraduate public health education and what this means for the future public health workforce; and workers’ awareness and perceptions of national trends in the field, using data from the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey, the largest nationally representative survey of the governmental public health workforce in the United States.
A team of researchers collaborated on this study, including Dr. Paul C. Erwin, Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
As demands and population needs change, so do the requisite training and competencies of the workforce. An empowered, satisfied, diverse, competitively compensated, well-trained workforce is arguably the key element that can enable agencies to drive improvements in health outcomes.
This paper was recognized as one of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) papers of the year. “The award for AJPH Paper of the Year recognizes a published paper that substantially contributes to our knowledge and understanding of a significant public health issue.
The authors include Dr. Katie Sellers, Dr. Brian C. Castrucci, Dr. Jonathon P. Leider, Dr. Elizabeth Gould and Mr. Kyle Bogaert, Dr. Angela Beck, Dr. Fátima Coronado, Dr. Gulzar Shah, Dr. Valerie Yeager, Dr. Leslie M. Beitsch, and Dr. Paul C. Erwin.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 27