Developing and Maintaining a High-Functioning Public Health Workforce

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Apr 25, 2024


Kevin Kovach, Dr.P.H., M.Sc.
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Human resources management is the process of acquiring and developing talent and engaging the employees that organizations need to accomplish their mission and goals. This includes tasks like hiring, onboarding and training employees. But it also includes planning for turnover and succession, as well as building a culture of well-being and engagement. This report provides information and resources relevant to these issues for public health agencies. It is intended to help develop and maintain a high-functioning public health workforce.

This report was prepared for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), which serves as one of nine regional technical assistance centers offering dedicated support to Public Health Infrastructure Grant (PHIG) recipients. Working under the leadership of the National Network of Public Health Institutes, KHI serves HHS Region 7, which includes Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

This work is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce, through OE22-2203: Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.

About Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Health Institute supports effective policymaking through nonpartisan research, education and engagement. KHI believes evidence-based information, objective analysis and civil dialogue enable policy leaders to be champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.

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