Public Health Workforce

One of the critical pieces of bolstering public health and creating sustainable change is building a thriving workforce. From recruiting early career professionals to fostering supportive work cultures, ASTHO’s workforce portfolio provides resources that governmental public health leaders can use to build resilient and robust agencies.

Check out these opportunities to connect with peers and potential future public health professionals, and take advantage of our curated set of resources to strengthen your agency, workforce, and performance.


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ASTHO's Workforce Programs

PH-HERO Initiative

PH-HERO logoThe Public Health – Hope, Equity, Resilience, and Opportunity (PH-HERO) initiative is designed to address workforce burnout, moral injury, and aid in overall retention and recruitment efforts. With a particular focus on change at the organizational level, this initiative supports a culture of wellbeing and resilience of public health agencies. PH-HERO is building upon the best available evidence for strengthening workplaces using a trauma informed approach and equity framework. 

After analyzing current research and needs and readiness assessments, PH-HERO is working with five pilot state agencies. Through a facilitated process, the pilot sites identified their workforce wellbeing priority actions and are participating in training from ASTHO and key partners featuring customized coaching, resource sharing, and peer learning.

Geared to support all public health agencies, ASTHO has developed the PH-HERO Workforce Resource Center, a curated collection of workforce wellbeing resources to take action to support the public health workforce.  Search and filter in the Resource Center to find recommendations and tools to take action to improve workforce wellbeing in agencies. provides a centralized and engaging option for both agencies promoting careers in public health agencies and individuals searching for careers in government public health. Along with exciting job opportunities, the site also features video highlights and career information to inspire a new generation of candidates. 

Professionals in governmental public health can post job vacancies to through the ASTHO Job Board, or set up an automatic feed from your Applicant Tracking System. This feed will automatically post vacancies to our site. For instructions on how to add job postings, please click the ‘How to Post Jobs’ button located at the top of the homepage.

Public Health Chronicles

Explore the Blog Posts

This site also features Public Health Chronicles, an engaging blog series that explores many aspects of the public health workforce. Hear from professionals in the field about resources for workforce well-being and experiential opportunities like internships. Join us as we delve into workforce, the foundation of public health, offering insights and inspiration for current and aspiring public health professionals!

Public Health AmeriCorps

Public Health AmeriCorps supports the recruitment, retention, training, and development of a new generation of leaders to respond to the nation’s public health needs. ASTHO supports overall public health workforce capacity by building partnerships between state and territorial health agencies and Public Health AmeriCorps grantees and members. Convenings, micro-learnings, and other products support these connections.

Specialized resources are available on the website to build interest in public health careers among Public Health AmeriCorps members and to connect them with jobs following their year of service.

Learn More about AmeriCorps

An informational infographic, "Why State and Territorial Health Agencies Should Consider Public Health AmeriCorps," discusses how governmental public health agencies can boost their capacity and develop a workforce pipeline through Public Health AmeriCorps.

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HR/Workforce Peer Network 

The ASTHO Workforce/Human Resources Peer Network aims to foster collaboration, share successes, challenges, and resources, and to connect and problem-solve together. The network is open to professionals serving in workforce and human resources roles in ASTHO member organizations. Topics of discussion vary based on the needs of the network members and typically focus on recruitment, retention, workplace well-being, workforce planning, pipeline and pathway programs, and training needs. The network is a living and historical source of tools, training, professional development, and fellowship. The online resource library for this peer network hosts information, Q&A, tools, templates, and more.


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