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NALBOH Joins Coalition to Invest in Public Health Workforce

Thursday, July 23, 2020  
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NALBOH joined with many other public health organizations in support of Keeping Communities Healthy by
Investing in the Public Health Workforce. View the full document and supporting organizations here.
The public health workforce is the backbone of our nation’s governmental public health system at the county, city, and state levels. Skilled professionals are the primary resource necessary to deliver public health programs and services: they lead efforts to ensure the safety of the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They prepare and respond to disasters like hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. And they are on the front lines of addressing complex and emerging issues, like the opioid crisis, the spread of novel coronavirus, and the re-emergence of vaccine preventable diseases like measles. However, governmental public health was hit hard by the Great Recession, and whereas much of the rest of the public sector workforce has recovered or grown, local and state health departments have not. In fact, local and state health departments have lost nearly a quarter (23%) of their workforce since 2008, shedding over 50,000 jobs across the country.