Module 3 – Burnout and Public Health Workers
This module focuses in on why burnout matters for public health workers in particular.
After reviewing this module, you should be able to:
- Describe the scale and scope of burnout within the public health worker population.
- Explain multiple ways in which burnout negatively affects public health worker performance and impact.
- Describe the business case for addressing burnout among public health workers.
Questions for Reflection and/or Discussion with your Team
- Sometimes preventing or reducing the impact of burnout requires leaders to advocate for their workers. Practice giving a summary of a business case for taking burnout seriously in your department or organization.
- Think about some of the reasons public health workers are at risk for burnout. Which of those reasons do you find to be most present in your own work environment? What are some unique risks with the work you do that perhaps were not mentioned directly in the training presentation?
- Many talented workers are attracted to organizations that care about their well-being. What do you think is the reputation that your organization and/or work team has for caring for its workers? In what ways, if any, would you like to see that reputation change?
- View a summary of the findings from the de Beaumont Foundation and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials’ (ASTHO) 2021 state of the workforce survey. On this website, you can find the overall findings and the findings by region and by areas of specialty.
- Compare the region and/or area of specialization you work with to the overall findings. How did the mental health and turnover look in your area/field?
- Review ASTHO’s seven trends that will shape the future of public health. Burnout is included in this list.
- Consider how the other trends may relate to burnout risk. Are these anticipated trends going to help reduce burnout or be an added risk factor to address?
- Explore the CDC/NIOSH Total Worker Health® program to learn more about how organizations are protecting worker safety and health and promoting well-being. Their website includes some helpful resources and even example questionnaires that could help you evaluate the state of your workgroup.
Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)
- Watch the videos for Modules 1-3
- Complete the Evaluation at cdc.gov/GetCE
- Pass the posttest at 75% at cdc.gov/GetCE
FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.