A 2003 survey of the shrinking public health workforce revealed a growing trend toward shortages in the public health workforce. Data from a recent 2007 survey of ASTHO members confirm that little has changed in the past several years and that state governmental public health still faces a workforce crisis.
Despite ongoing efforts, the state public health agency workforce is graying at a higher rate than the rest of the American workforce and state health agencies continue to be affected by workforce shortages. These trends combine to create critical challenges to the ability of states to effectively respond to threats to the public’s health.
The 2007 ASTHO State Public Health Workforce Survey revealed three major areas of concern:
A Graying Workforce
A Continuing Shortage of Workers
Barriers in Overcoming the Crisis