We unite state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health leaders; universities and training providers; philanthropy; federal agencies; the public health workforce; community members; policy makers; and partners in healthcare and other sectors to strategically align our collective actions, support and promote new and relevant research, facilitate shared learning, and improve understanding of the urgency and significance of a well-trained, well-resourced, and diverse public health workforce.
In 2013, the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development, established by the de Beaumont Foundation, convened public health leaders from more than 30 national public health membership associations, federal agencies, and public health workforce peer networks to identify areas of alignment among their priorities.
Informed by a national survey of the public health workforce in 2014, the Consortium met throughout 2015 to review and discuss the importance of an emerging set of strategic skills for the public health workforce and how, if implemented, these skills could impact the public health workforce.
In 2017, the Consortium released Building Skills for a More Strategic Public Health Workforce: A Call to Action, identifying the 8 skills that all public health workforce members should attain, regardless of their role. While there has been notable progress in the socialization of these recommendations, further work is required to dismantle the obstacles to ensuring their mastery within the public health workforce.
In 2020, the de Beaumont Foundation convened a Planning Committee to relaunch the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development and to develop an action plan for strengthening and supporting the public health workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic had laid bare and exacerbated gaps in the workforce, and persistent health disparities highlighted the need to ensure the workforce could support communities.
The National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development and this website are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $141,982 with 23 percentage funded by CDC/HHS and $486,948 amount and 77 percentage funded by the de Beaumont Foundation. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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We can succeed with the involvement of state, Tribal, local, and territorial public health leaders; universities and training providers; philanthropy; federal agencies; the public health workforce; community members; policy makers; and partners in healthcare and other sectors.
“I joined the National Consortium because I am supportive of strengthening our nation's public health workforce. COVID-19 has taken a severe toll on our public health workforce, so it's even more important than ever that we come together on this important topic.”
“To address workforce issues, we need to work together. The National Consortium is serving to bring together representatives from a range of organizations and agencies committed to addressing the needs of the public health workforce.”
“I hope the National Consortium will mobilize practitioners and policy makers to support and invest in workforce development across staff/levels in governmental public health agencies.”