Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Kansas
Public Health Forward: Modernizing the U.S. Public Health System recognizes that the modern public health workforce needs specific abilities to advance health equity. As such, the report recommends that health departments provide professional development opportunities, giving public health workers the skills and knowledge needed to meet modern public health challenges (e.g., change management, data science skills, and cultural and linguistic competencies).
When Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health (LDCPH) in Kansas embraced the vision of Public Health 3.0: A Call to Create a 21st Century Public Health Infrastructure in 2017, a major focus was to build the workforce of the future. LDCPH management team members led discussions among themselves and with staff about how to move toward that vision. In 2018, the health department hosted a Public Health 3.0 presentation to share information and gain staff buy in. In 2019, management team and academic partners developed a strategic workforce development plan to support staff in fulfilling their roles within this context.
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