249286 Key findings from a Council on Linkages survey of public health workers

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:50 AM

Vincent Francisco, PhD , University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
Jeff A. Jones, PhD , Health Behavior, University Of Kentucky, College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
Robin Pendley, MPH, CPH , Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
The US governmental public health workforce is dwindling while the need for additional workers is increasing. In an historic effort to address this issue, in March 2010 the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) surveyed over 70,000 public health workers across the US to determine how, when, and why they entered the governmental public health workforce and reasons they have remained in the workforce. Key survey findings were released in the spring of 2011 and have informed the development by the Council on Linkages of evidence-assisted recruitment and retention strategies for the US public health system. This session will begin with the presentation of key findings from the Council on Linkages survey of public health workers. A discussion of evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies that address the Council on Linkages survey findings will follow. In addition, participants will be invited to share their interpretation of the key findings presented and the potential implications of those findings.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain how, when, and why individuals enter, remain in the governmental public health workforce Identify areas to focus recruitment and retention efforts for public health Determine appropriate recruitment and retention strategies for public health

Keywords: Workforce, Survey

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as Scientific Advisor for the Council on Linkages survey of public health workers.
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.