202640 New directions for public health workforce research

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cynthia D. Lamberth, MPH, CPH , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Susan C. Webb, MSW, MPH , Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Carol Gotway Crawford, PhD , Office of Workforce and Career Development, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Robin Pendley, MPH, CPH , Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Tourette Jackson, MPH , Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Robert Shapiro, BA , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
A dearth of organized, interdisciplinary research about the characteristics and functions of the nation's public health workforce hampers our ability to develop cohesive policy and to fully understand the effect of that workforce on the public health system and population health. To address those issues, CDC, through a cooperative agreement with the Public Health Foundation, has funded the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy (COEWRP) at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. COEWRP investigators are focusing on several new directions for workforce analysis, including:

Workforce monitoring and diversity (i.e., who, what, where, why)

Workforce effectiveness and health impact (i.e., developing appropriate performance measures)

Labor market forces affecting the public health workforce (e.g., recruitment, system capacity)

Education, training, and credentialing of public health workers

Public health workforce policy

This paper will expand upon those topics, suggest relevant research questions, and describe COEWRP resources available to researchers and other stakeholders to improve understanding of those issues.

Learning Objectives:
1. List five areas for future public health workforce research 2. Describe resources through COEWRP that are available to public health workforce researchers 3. Discuss potential impact of relevant research on the nation's public health workforce policy

Keywords: Workforce, Public Health Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Co-principal investigator of CDC/PHF grant creating Center described in presentation; Co-director Center for PH Systems and Services Research, Univ of KY; MPH and CPH; Director KY PH Leadership Institute;
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.