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Explore the Latest in Public Health Workforce Development: The 2021 Public Health Learning Forum

Date: 11/17/2021 4:40 PM

Related Categories: TRAIN, Workforce Development

Topic: Conferences and Events, TRAIN, Workforce Development

Tag: Healthcare, Partnerships, Performance Improvement, Preparedness, TRAIN, Training, Workforce Development

​​​​​Anastasia Brennan, MSN, MPH,​ TRAIN Program Manager

The 2021 Public Health Learning Forum was held in October 2021, and brought together professionals working in the fields of workforce development, emergency preparedness, public health, and healthcare for two weeks of stimulating and inspiring content from engaging speakers. This year’s event was an entirely virtual experience that highlighted best and promising practices in workforce development and the use of TRAIN. If you missed the Forum or individual sessions, you now can access all of the sessions through the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network

The Arc of the Forum – Opening, Keynote, and Closing Highlights 
The Forum featured an exciting lineup of sessions, with the opening, keynote, and closing traveling the arc from where the public health workforce is today through identifying needs and strategies for addressing those needs to the future of public health workforce development in 2022 and beyond. 

Judy Monroe, MD, President and CEO of the CDC Foundation, kicked off the event by exploring the Public Health Landscape 2021: Where Are We Now?       ​Dr. Monroe provided her unique insights on the current state of public health and workforce development with her extensive experience in public health practice, healthcare, preparedness, and academia. She stated, “the pandemic has propelled the compelling case for change,” in support of the continued need for greater investment in public health.

​In her keynote, Public Health Workforce Development: Addressing Needs, Admiral Rachel Levine, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, emphasized the incredible efforts of the public health workforce throughout the pandemic. Dr. Levine noted the extensive challenges and needs facing the public health workforce ​and highlighted strategies being implemented at the federal level to address those needs.

Following Dr. Levine’s remarks, a panel of experts from across public health shared their reactions to her address and the issues she raised. This reaction panel, made up of leaders from federal, tribal, local, and non-profit public health organizations, provided their perspectives and practical experiences working in workforce development today and strategies they are using to tackle the identified needs.

The Forum wrapped up with a dynamic discussion of opportunities for workforce development led by a panel of three state and local health officials from across the United States. In the closing session, ​Public He​alth Landscape 2022 and Beyond: Where Are We Going?,
panelists shared their perspectives on overarching needs in public health workforce development and how these can be addressed, what inspires or scares them most as they look to the future of public health workforce development, and future opportunities​ they see for the TRAIN Learning Network to support their efforts.  

Panelists also emphasized the invaluable asset that is the workforce in their jurisdictions. As Dr. Brookmyer stated, “our strength is really our people, and all of our outcomes and successes are due to the people that we have.” 

Curious About Other Forum Sessions? 
Dynamic speakers shared their passion and expertise to fill out the Forum’s two-week agenda. Other sessions included:
  • 2020 Pivot: Rapid Transition of In-person to Virtual Trainings
  • TRAIN Assessments & Evaluations 
  • Engaging Community Providers on Veteran’s Deployment Health Issues Using Online Learning Platforms 
  • Guiding Workforce Development: The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Where Does Public Health Workforce Development Fit into this Growing Movement?
  • Designing and Evaluating Trainings Using the CDC’s Quality Training Standards: A Case Study
  • Accessibility with POUR 
  • And We’re Live: Creating E​ngaging Public Health Webinars​
Interested in Viewing the Recordings?
You can view all recorded sessions from the 2021 Public Health Learning Forum compiled together as a Blended Learning Series on the TRAIN Learning Network​

TRAIN is available to all for free. Login or create an account​ today to access these sessions and continue learning. 
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