Indiana’s trailblazing Governor’s Public Health Commission, convened 2021-2022, left our state with stark realizations about our public health system, along with actionable recommendations. The Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA) is taking the initiative to invest in students early in their public health careers through our Student Advisory Group, drawing more students into the field and equipping them to be successful when they enter the workforce.
The RVPHTC – a community of public health practice and practitioners: Assessing the past four years and plans for the future
While Public Health training centers will continue to play a critical role in training the public health workforce…we must find ways to engage, recruit, and retain this workforce, as well as train them.
A public health workforce that is representative of the population it serves is better equipped to address the unique needs of their community.
The RVPHTC was recently awarded $3.7 million in funding by HRSA. The award provides funding from July of 2022 through June of 2026, and will help the center expand its goal to increase the supply, diversity, and capacity of the public health workforce.
Mental health in the workplace is a major public health concern and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the struggles should be more openly discussed, with interventions and solutions for everyone. There are numerous initiatives and efforts to advance the awareness of improving the mental state of our workforce, but the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work are yet to be fully addressed.
Relatively little of our national conversation on health is about public health, which is right in line with our spending on public health; less than 3% of that spending goes toward governmental public health, i.e. public spending through federal, state, and local agencies and services provided by them.