Analysis of Data Methods and Taxonomies Used to Assess the Public Health Workforce in the U.S
Overall, the taxonomy accurately describes the public health workforce; however, many participants provided specific recommendations regarding missing categories under each axis. Both HR Directors and affiliate representatives were open to incorporating the taxonomy into their current data systems, but identified that modifications were needed for adoption to be feasible. For example, participants indicated that staff would be difficult to categorize because workers fit into multiple categories due to overlapping job responsibilities. Respondents agreed that guidance (e.g., crosswalks or definitions) would be helpful and necessary to ensure consistency across health departments and organizations. This study has shown the potential of the taxonomy for harmonizing data collection efforts and for enumerating and describing the public health workforce. With some modifications and supplemental materials, the taxonomy could be an effective reference for future data collection, promoting consistency across the field.
Learning Areas:Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Public Health Workforce Taxonomy for Enumeration. Name 3 recommendations made by focus group participants regarding the Public Health Workforce Taxonomy for Enumeration.
Keyword(s): Workforce, Public Health Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have led a wide range of federally funded projects, including rural health, preparedness, and public health systems research. I have conducted studies for ASPE, CDC, the Administration for Children and Families, HRSA, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), among others. I previously served as Executive Director of the University of Pittsburghâs Center for Rural Health Practice and as Deputy Executive Director of NACCHO, and served in the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
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