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Guide for Applied Public Health Workforce Research: An EvidenceBased Approach to Workforce Development

Thacker, Stephen B. MD, MSc

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181b1eb85
Editorial
Abstract

Essential to achievement of the public health mission is a knowledgeable, competent, and prepared workforce; yet, there is little application of science and technical knowledge to ensuring the effectiveness of that workforce, be it governmental or private. In this article, I review the evidence for effective workforce development and argue for an increased emphasis on an evidence-based approach to ensuring an effective workforce by encouraging the generation of the evidence base that is required. To achieve this, I propose the appointment of an independent Task Force on Public Health Workforce Practice to oversee the development of a Guide for Public Health Workforce Research and Practice (Workforce Guide), a process that will generate and bring together the workforce evidence base for use by public health practitioners.

Author Information

Director, Office of Workforce and Career Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Corresponding Author: Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, Office of Workforce and Career Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS E-94, Atlanta, GA 30333 (sbt1@cdc.gov).

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.