WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- APRIL 3, 2023: The March 2023 issue of Health Affairs focused on public health during the COVID-19 pandemic and contained nearly a dozen studies examining lessons learned and topics such as the relationship between public health and medical care and infrastructure needs ranging from personnel to laboratories to financing, and more.
One paper in particular calls for a closer look at an alarming trend in the public health workforce: In "The Exodus Of State And Local Public Health Employees: Separations Started Before And Continued Throughout COVID-19," authors examined the state and local public health workforce between 2017 and 2021, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their findings — that about half the workforce left their jobs during that period, with higher rates for younger and less experienced workers — are a wakeup call for policymakers on the need to prioritize workforce recruitment and retention before the next public health emergency.
During National Public Health Week, we invite you to join Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil, authors from the study, and leaders of state and local health departments for a discussion of the findings and what must be done to forestall a crisis in America's public health workforce.
Speakers will include:
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
- Brian Castrucci, President and CEO, de Beaumont Foundation, and Co-author, "The Exodus Of State And Local Public Health Employees: Separations Started Before And Continued Throughout COVID-19"
- Michael Fraser, CEO, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Co-author, "The Exodus Of State And Local Public Health Employees: Separations Started Before And Continued Throughout COVID-19"
- Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Public Health, and Current President, ASTHO
- Nicole Alexander-Scott, Former Director, Rhode Island Department of Health
- Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director, Linn County (Iowa) Department Public Health, and Incoming President, National Association of County and City Health Officials
- Others to be announced
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Eastern
Access: Open to all — online details will be shared with registrants 24 hours in advance of the event
Health Affairs is grateful to the de Beaumont Foundation for making this Insider event available to everyone.
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