142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Public Health Professional Services: A Viable Alternative for Workforce Needs

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Lois Hall, MS , Ohio Public Health Association, Columbus, OH
Nancy Shapiro, MA, RN , Ohio Public Health Association, Columbus, OH
The Ohio Public Health Association has worked to develop a Public Health staffing "temp agency" to address these challenges that have resulted due to the aging workforce, retirements, accreditation demands and the changing economy.    The project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has successfully contracted with traditional Public Health agencies and voluntary organizations to provide them with highly qualified Public Health professionals who have been able to hit the ground running on a variety of short and longer term projects.    Successes of the program have been 1) assistance in reviewing accreditation readiness, 2) provided assistance in applying for continuing education, 3) strategic plan development and 4) association management.   Challenges and lessons learned have included contract development negotiation and finalization;  geographic representativeness of staff available; and economic challenges faced by potential employers.  Next steps to be completed include continued recruitment of both staff and clients; finalization of a web-based matching system;  identifying means of sustaining the program beyond the grant period and reaching the goals established in the business plan.   This poster will highlight these items in greater detail and provide an opportunity for discussion with peers from other State Affiliates.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health administration or related administration
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the progress and success of the Ohio Public Health Association's business model for providing short and longer term Public Health staffing.

Keyword(s): Workforce Development, Accreditation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the OPHA Executive Director for six years and have been involved with the development of this program from its inception.
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.