249932 Enumeration of the State Public Health Workforce using the 2010 ASTHO Profile Survey

Monday, October 31, 2011: 3:30 PM

James A. Pearsol, M Ed , Chief Program Officer, Performance Team, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
Katie Sellers, DrPH , Research and Evaluation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
Katherine Barbacci, MPA , Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
Paul Jarris, MD , The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Arlington, VA
This study will report on the findings from the Workforce module of the ASTHO 2010 Profile Survey, including the number of full time equivalent employees (FTE) and an enumeration of 15 subcategories of state health workers. Presenter(s) will highlight changes in the state public health workforce since the 2007 ASTHO State Public Health Workforce Survey. The ASTHO 2010 Profile survey was administered online to state and territorial health officials and their staff from the 50 states, eight territories and DC in April 2010. By November 2010, the survey was completed by 50 states, DC and 2 territories generating a 100% response rate among states and DC, and a 90% response rate among all potential respondents. The total FTEs reported by state health agencies dropped by 12% from 120,134 reported in 2007 to 105,692 in 2010, and average FTEs employed by state health agencies decreased by 22.5% from 2,731 in 2007 to 2,114 in 2010. Administrative and clerical personnel made up the largest portion of the state health agency workforce (34%) in 2007 and continue to in 2010 (17.5%) followed by public health nurses (25% in 2007 and 10.6% in 2010). Presenter(s) will also describe the impact of state budget cuts (as reported in ASTHO's Budget Cuts Survey) on the workforce which indicate that 87% of all state and territorial health agencies have experienced job losses since July 2008 as a result of budget cuts.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe enumeration of the state public health workforce, including subcategories. 2. Describe the consequences of state and federal budget reductions on the workforce. 3. Discuss the benefits and potential research opportunities from this survey data. 4. Describe key areas of emerging public health systems research, with a focus on state public health workforce.

Keywords: Workforce, Survey

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee the ASTHO Profile of State Public Health
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.