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Roadmap for Public Health Workforce Preparedness

Turnock, Bernard J.

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November-December 2003 - Volume 9 - Issue 6 - p 471–480

Major initiatives to improve the public health workforce since 1997 have been driven by a hundred-fold increase in federal financial support, technologies providing greater access to public health workers, and an emerging national priority to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism and other urgent threats. This report examines the status of the national public health workforce development agenda, including its major strategies and emphases, and offers a roadmap for assessing, enhancing, and recognizing competent performance through comprehensive public health workforce preparedness management systems.

Bernard J. Turnock MD, MPH, is Clinical Professor of Community Health Sciences, Division of Community Health Sciences, Illinois Public Health Preparedness Center, Illinois Regional Health Workforce Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Correspondence to: Bernard J. Turnock MD, MPH, Division of Community Health Sciences, UIC School of Public Health, 1603 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612 (e-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.