Workforce and Leadership Development


Supporting strong, well-staffed public health agencies

What's New

ASTHO/de Beaumont Foundation Public Health Workforce Strategy Project

On April 18 and 19, 2013, the de Beaumont Foundation and ASTHO convened 31 national public health leadership groups to collectively assess the priorities, needs, and characteristics of the governmental public health workforce. The ASTHO/de Beaumont Public Health Workforce Strategy meeting is part of a multi-year commitment on the part of both organizations to identify the top strategic challenges and opportunities that the current and future public health workforce must address.  New materials  just released summarizing the project includes: a project overview fact sheet, a joint press release, a final slide deck that summarizes the consensus findings of the meeting, and a letter detailing how this slide deck can be tailored for presentations to your members and colleagues.


State governmental public health faces a workforce crisis. The public health workforce is graying at a higher rate than the rest of the American workforce and shortages exist on every level. These trends combine to critically challenge the ability of states to effectively respond to threats to the public's health. 

Funding Opportunities

None available at this time

ASTHO Peer Networks

As the national non-profit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, ASTHO provides administrative support for a number of state health agency peer networks.

Human Resources (HR) Directors Taskforce

The Taskforce is comprised of state public health HR directors who regularly share information on HR trends, workforce development strategies, and the public health worker shortage.

Staff Contact: Melissa Lewis Phone: 571-527-3132


Budget Cuts Reports

Developing Leaders in the Public Health Workforce (2006)

Public Health Workforce Report (2007)

Strategies for Enumerating the Public Health Workforce (2005)

Succession Planning Guide (2008)

Additional Resources

Center for State and Local Government Excellence

Health Workforce Information Center (HRSA)

Heartland Centers for Public Health and Community Capacity Development

National Association of State Personnel Executives

Partners in Information Access for Public Health Professionals (NLM)

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Melissa L. Lewis, MPH, Director, Workforce Development