What We Do
As part of CDC Moving Forward, we're forming a new National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce. Stay tuned to this website for updates.
The Division of Workforce Development (DWD) is committed to advancing a diverse public health workforce through leadership, evidence-based programs, and partnerships. The steps we take now will have an impact for years to come. Those we inspire now to pursue careers in public health will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Why is this work important?
Because of diminished funding and hiring barriers, health departments and health agencies at state, local, tribal and territorial levels have not been able to recruit and retain professionals with the needed skills*.
*See deBeaumont Foundation and the Public Health National Center for Innovations and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
**See National Association of County and City Health Officials
Shrinking staff and reduced capacity have led to:
- Workers unprepared to keep up with changes in technology
- A lack of systems and data to assess and monitor workforce needs
- Added work-related stress and burnout among the existing workforce
Explore the experiential learning opportunities available for students, post-graduates, and public health professionals.
Learn about fellow deployments and other technical assistance available to state, local, tribal and territorial health departments.
See how we work with partners to build the foundational capabilities for public health.