249943 Relationship between changes in workforce in State Health Agencies and Certain Health Outcomes

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:30 PM

Robin Pendley, MPH, CPH , Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Richard Ingram, DrPH , College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Kristina Rabarison, MSc , Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research, University of Kentucky - College of Public Health, Lexington, KY
This research seeks to determine the relationship between the workforce/staffing of state health agencies and state level community health outcomes. This study uses workforce trends from Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) profile data 2007 and 2010 and contemporaneous health outcome data from the America's Health Rankings (AHR) controlling for state health department structure (centralized/de-centralized) and different capacity variables (governance, role of state health agencies, provision of services). Appropriate statistical techniques, including ANOVA and regression, will be applied to determine the relationships between these variables. This research has not been completed. This study will seek to determine if workforce trends decreased in state health agencies overtime from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, this may provide insight into staffing mixtures that may lead to optimal health outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Assess the relationship between staffing patterns in state health agencies and health outcomes at the state level

Keywords: Workforce, Public Health Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral student and research assistant at the University of Kentucky-College of Public Health, Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research/Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy. I am completing this research as part of my doctoral dissertation project.
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.