A robust and well-resourced HPH workforce will support the U.S. response to national health security threats and maintain the health of communities. Greater opportunities should be available for people to enter the HPH workforce, along with the appropriate professional development and health resources throughout their career. Current and future workers should also integrate disaster preparedness and emergency response training principles and emphasize culturally and linguistically appropriate care into their practice.
- Gaps in health workforce sectors are identified and prioritized to target retention, expansion, and surge capacity efforts.
- Partnerships with academia and professional organizations are developed to integrate disaster preparedness and emergency response, into health care and public health training and curriculum.
Federal Implementation Actions:
1.3.1 Partner with colleges and universities to incorporate disaster preparedness and emergency response education into health care and public health curriculums, including continuing education, and expand incorporation of public health into other curricula.
1.3.2 Offer incentives to students, particularly those from populations that are historically underrepresented in health professions, to pursue education in health care, public health, and clinical and applicable social science research fields and work in historically underserved communities.
1.3.3 Facilitate information exchange opportunities among HPH authorities to share worker retention evidence-based practices and mental health resources.
1.3.4 Incorporate health equity concepts (e.g., social determinants of health) and meeting the needs of at-risk individuals during emergencies into training for current health care and public health workers.