Minnesota's Public Health Workforce
In 2002, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received funding to explore the issue of workforce shortages in public health. The funding allowed MDH to collaborate with other partners, including the University of Minnesota to count and describe the existing governmental public health workforce, and to identify key messages to encourage people to get advanced education in public health.
- Learn More: The Public Health Workforce
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Minnesota's Vision for the Public Health Workforce
The public health workforce:
- Has an adequate supply of suitably educated public health professionals
- Reflects the populations we serve
- Is appropriately distributed throughout the state
Counting Minnesota’s Workforce
In 2004, MDH counted all public health professionals in Minnesota in an effort to more clearly describe and understand any upcoming staffing shortages. A series of reports, including a local public health staff report, an agency report, and a statewide workforce report, were produced to summarize these findings.
To review the results, download the reports below:
- 2004 Local Public Health Agency Survey: Preliminary Results (PDF: 510KB / 24 pages)
Office of Public Health Practice, Nov. 2004
- 2004 Local Public Health Staff Survey: Results
(PDF: 123KB / 12 pages)
Office of Public Health Practice, Updated Sept. 2005
Recruitment and Retention Strategies
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice have developed a set of strategies to address public health worker shortages.
- Strategies to Address Public Health Worker Shortages
(PDF: 151KB / 6 pages) [Attn: Non-MDH Link]