Workforce Resources for Organizations

American Rescue Plan (ARP)

ARP policy announced in January 2021 proposing to

  • Expand the public health workforce
  • Fund 100,000 public health workers
  • Work in local communities
  • Build long-term public health capacity

ARP Act Section 2501 included $7.66 billion for establishing, expanding, and sustaining a public health workforce

ARP Policyexternal icon

ARP Act Legislationexternal icon

Workforce Development: the Way Forward

  • Bridge from the ongoing COVID pandemic to moving the nation through the next stages of the COVID response
  • Build a stronger, more diverse workforce than we have ever had
    • Learn more about how the Public Health AmeriCorps program is contributing to a stronger, more diverse workforce
    • Learn more about how a new grant for Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems will provide cross-cutting support to public health agencies for critical infrastructure needs related to workforce, foundational capabilities, data modernization, and physical infrastructure. It will also provide funding to national public health partners to support this work.
  • Sustain the progress made by these programs with an eye on the future of the public health workforce in the U.S.
Leadership Initiatives

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The Future of Public Health National Summit Seriesexternal icon

A four-part series on the future of public health convened by the CDC Foundation,  in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Big Cities Health Coalition, and other public health partners to advance recommendations for a modernized U.S. public health system. The four virtual convenings, held from December 2021 through March 2022, leverage recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Public Health Forward.

National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Developmentexternal icon

Collaborates to ensure the public health workforce has the skills, resources, and support it needs to address the social determinants of health and achieve health equity.

Public Health Workforce Development Action Plan (CDC, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development)

Offers an integrated approach with priorities and strategies that strengthen public health workforce development to amplify the impact on the public health workforce as a whole and benefit all public health disciplines.

CDC’s Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD)

DSEPD offers multiple approaches that impact people, tools, and systems for strengthening the workforce to improve the public’s health. This includes assisting state and local public health departments and public health partners by providing staff (fellow assignments), technical assistance, and training and education services.

Additional Resources

CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Promotes productive workplaces through safety and health research and offers resources on workplace safety and health topics

Environmental Health Services, CDC National Center for Environmental Health
Offers environmental health programs serving states, tribes, localities, and territories practice-based research, training, tools and guidance