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

Guide for Applied Public Health Workforce Research: An Evidence‐Based Approach to Workforce Development

Thacker, Stephen B. MD, MSc

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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.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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