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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. 

Key insights:

  • 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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Organization Name: Alabama Department of Public Health
Program Name: 

Training and Experience to Advance Managers in Public Health Academy

201 Monroe Street
Suite 1010, RSA Tower
Montgomery, AL 36104
United States
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 Objective(s) addressed: 
Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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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

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