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Public Health Workforce Improvement

The Performance Center is working closely with the Bureau for Public Health’s Human Resources area on Workforce Development Initiatives.  The Bureau for Public Health has recently launched the West Virginia Public Health Workforce Assessment.   The occupations and professions comprising the public health workforce rely on competencies and capabilities necessary to keep the population healthy. Over time, these competencies change, as do the needs of the population, newly emerging threats, increasing chronic disease and other dynamics of population health in this global society. As a result, the public health workforce must keep pace with the dynamics of population health.  This self-assessment focuses on West Virginia public health employees.

The results of the assessment will be used to inform plans for workforce training and competency development over the next several years.  This survey was developed by the Southeast Public Health Training Center (NC) and adapted by the RI Public Health Institute (RIPHI) in cooperation with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. Items on the survey derive from the Core Public Health Competencies.  By working together, we can continue to assure that West Virginia remains a safe and healthy place for us all. The survey is being conducted by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

The purpose of the survey is to identify and better understand:

  • How national Public Health Core Competencies relate to the work we do
  • Greatest strengths of our workforce
  • Competencies with greatest opportunity for improvement
  • Characteristics of our workforce that impact the public health services we deliver

Public Health Workforce Survey Frequently Asked Questions