Enumeration of the Public Health Workforce
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration, through a cooperative agreement with the Public Health Foundation, jointly funded a project to assess the usability of currently existing public health workforce data sources and develop strategies for conducting a national enumeration of governmental public health workers. The findings of this project are summarized in the technical report here.
Enumeration and Characterization of the National Public Health Nursing Workforce
CEPHS is leading a project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a profile of the nation's public health nursing workforce, including an enumeration of workers by job location and function, and characterization of the educational and training background of the workforce. A Workforce Advisory Committee composed of national leaders in public health nursing and workforce research advises the development and implementation of this project. Learn more about the Public Health Nurse Workforce Survey on the Association of Public Health Nurses website here.
National Assessment of Public Health Laboratory Capacity
CEPHS provided technical assistance and support to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in the development, dissemination, and analysis of their first national assessment of public health laboratory capacity. Surveys collecting data on individual laboratorians working in public health, environmental, and agricultural laboratories were disseminated in 2011, along with a survey collecting organizational-level data from each laboratory. Study results are available here.
National Assessment of Epidemiology Capacity
EPHS assisted the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) with the analysis and publication of its last two Epidemiology Capacity Assessments, which were the first national assessments of core epidemiology capcity in state and territorial health departments. ECA technical reports may be accessed from the CSTE website. The following publications summarize ECA findings:
Boulton ML, Lemmings J, Beck AJ. Assessment of epidemiology capacity in state health departments, 2001-2006. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2009;15(4): 328-36.
Boulton ML, Hadler J, Beck AJ, Ferland L, Lichtveld M. Assessment of epidemiology capacity in state health departments, 2004-2009. Public Health Reports, 2011; 126(1): 84-93.
Beck AJ, Boulton ML, Lemmings J, Clayton J. Challenges to recruitment and retention of the state health department epidemiology workforce. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2012; 42(1): 76-80.
National Assessment of Food Safety Epidemiology Capacity
Also in partnership with CSTE, CEPHS assisted with the analysis of the 2010 Food Safety Epidemiology Capacity Assessment, which focused on determining the effect and usefulness of a set of minimum performance/capacity standards designed for state and local health departments, enumerating the current food safety workforce, and evaluating changes and improvements in national food safety capacity since the last assessment in 2002. The CSTE 2010 Food Safety Capacity Assessment also was designed to evaluate capacity to detect, investigate, and respond to foodborne disease/enteric illness. The technical report is accessible from the CSTE website. A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report article summarizing the study results may be found here.
Maternal and Child Health Community Training Program
The Maternal and Child Health Community Training Program is a two-year project supported by The Kresge Foundation completed in March 2012. The goals of the project are to enumerate and characterize the maternal and child health (MCH) workforce serving residents in Detroit, MI, assess training needs of the workforce, and develop and deliver trainings to meet those needs. The project is guided by a Community Advisory Board (CAB) facilitated by City Connect Detroit. CEPHS works with the CAB and City Connect Detroit on all to complete focus groups with MCH workers. Trainings are developed by the Michigan Public Health Training Center. Study findings are available here.