Posts tagged "work force"

APHA launches Online Continuing Education Program

Finding relevant opportunities to earn continuing education credits and satisfy professional licensing or credentialing requirements can be difficult, particularly for those working in public health. But thanks to a new program from APHA, those offerings are now more accessible.

APHA’s Benjamin speaks at IOM about future of public health workforce

On Monday, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin addressed the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats. The IOM symposium, entitled Sustaining Public Health Capacity in an Age of Austerity, focused on challenges facing the field of public health given the difficult financial and political climate in the U.S.

Bolstering public health workforce, a “national experiment”

Part of the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund is intended to send a major lifeline to public health by bolstering its beleaguered workforce. The Washington Post recently reported on the impact the fund is having at the local level and why, amid ongoing budget cuts, this critical investment is desperately needed.

Health department budget woes persist

Ohio has cut back on birth defect surveillance. Maryland has closed a care facility serving people with intellectual disabilities. Alabama has limited eligibility for state-supplied vaccines. These are just a few of the cuts made by state health agencies in the face of ongoing budget challenges, according to new analyses.

First lady, Jill Biden announce nursing initiative to improve health care for veterans

In celebration of the first anniversary of their Joining Forces campaign, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden appeared at the University of Pennsylvania Wednesday to announce a major veteran’s health care initiative in partnership with nursing leaders around the country.

New APHA policies address a range of public health concerns

APHA adopted 23 policies at its 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in late 2011. Passed by APHA’s Governing Council, the newly adopted policies address a broad range of public health issues, from reproductive health to public health education and workforce. Learn more about the policies.
Q&A with APHA President Mel Shipp

Q&A with APHA President Mel Shipp

Long-time APHA member Mel Shipp, OD, DrPH, MPH, took the helm as APHA's president at the close of last year's 139th APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. In this interview, Shipp shares his vision for a renewed public health workforce and what originally motivated him to join the field.

Health departments called upon to put their best health policy forward

Whether it’s strengthening tobacco control policies or ensuring a community is prepared for a health emergency, public health departments, at the state, territorial, local, and tribal level, play vital roles implementing sound public health policy. Health departments are the backbone of a strong, effective public health system and integral to ensuring lifesaving public health policy...

World AIDS Day, childhood vaccines, hospitals and workforce projections

Today Obama renews U.S. commitment to endings AIDS, in observation of World AIDS Day. Debate over Medicare anti-obesity treatment plans continue. New projections related to health care and industry hospital jobs from Kaiser Health News. This and more in today's headlines, December 1, 2011.

Budget cuts, job losses continue to undermine local public health

A survey of nearly 700 local health departments shows that more than half have cut services in the first six months of 2011, continuing a troubling trend that has seen local health departments shed 34,400 jobs — roughly one-fifth of their workforce — since 2008.

EPA: Green jobs good for health, economy

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded $6.2 million in workforce development and join training grants.

Want to be Certified in Public Health?

It's an exciting and critical time to be a public health professional. Now more than ever, public health professionals are called on to meet the increasing demands and health challenges that are facing communities across the country.