Preparing for a Better Tomorrow – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story
Greater numbers of capable public health professionals are needed now in the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) to tackle and resolve immediate and emerging public health threats successfully. Traditional recruiting, loan repayment help, and training classes are not producing the needed talent pool.
- ADPH has 3,000 employees who serve nearly 5 million residents.
- ADPH’s Office of Human Resources estimates that more than one-third of department employees will be eligible for retirement in the next 3 years. Because of aging baby boomers in the workforce, this trend will continue.
- Department studies found that certain jobs are essential to ADPH. These include key leadership positions and nine critical job categories, such as epidemiologists, microbiologists, laboratory technologists, and environmental staff.
- Shrinking budgets have limited new hiring at the same time that they have increased employee workloads.
- With the perils of natural disasters, pandemic flus, and other public health emergencies, losing employees with specialized knowledge could put Alabamians at increased risk for disease and injury.
Learn how the Alabama Department of Public Health partnered with Auburn University at Montgomery to create a department-wide workforce development program for their staff.
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The Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant supports prevention efforts in 50 states, the District of Columbia, 8 US territories, and 2 American Indian tribes. It is managed by the Division of Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant.
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