This review synthesizes evidence regarding major public health workforce challenges that preceded the pandemic and remain now, including the lack of ability to readily enumerate and define the governmental public health workforce as well as challenges with recruitment and retention. This review finds that many workforce-related challenges identified more than 20 years ago persist in the field today.
Since the onset of the pandemic, scientists and public health professionals have been subjected to threats and other attacks as a result of their efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 with public health interventions and information. In this webinar, leading U.S. public health experts will discuss the implications of these attacks, for targeted individuals and for society, and possibilities for addressing them.
US Adults’ Beliefs About Harassing or Threatening Public Health Officials During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Researchers examined the factors that shape US adults' beliefs regarding whether harassment or threats against public health officials was justified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article and associated coverage here.
Protecting, supporting, and celebrating the public health workforce in an age of political polarization and burnout
View slides from a recent presentation at the 2022 APHA Annual Meeting on protecting, supporting, and celebrating the public health workforce in an age of political polarization and burnout.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health workers (PHWs) were at an increased risk for violence and harassment due to their public health work and experienced adverse mental health conditions. This article quantifies the prevalence of job-related threats, harassment, and discrimination against PHWs and measures the association of these incidents with mental health symptoms during the […]
Pandemic-Related Workplace Violence and Its Impact on Public Health Officials, March 2020‒January 2021
JHU researchers documented harassment, threats, and departures of public health officials from March 2020 to January 2021. Read the article and associated media mentions here.
This brief discusses results from the PH WINS 2021 survey of the U.S. public health workforce that revealed high levels of stress, burnout and intent to leave.
Symptoms of Mental Health Conditions and Suicidal Ideation Among State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Workers — United States, March 14–25, 2022
A 2022 survey of U.S. public health workers suggests the need for organizational changes to support worker mental health and reduce stress and burnout.