Public health transformation requires reimagining and developing a common vision to ensure the mindsets, capacity, resources, and workforce necessary to provide equitable Foundational Public Health Services (FPHS) and 10 Essential Public Health Services (EPHS), to advance health, wellbeing, and equity. It occurs through a fundamental shift in the way a public health system(s) is structured, functions and interacts through continuous quality improvement, innovation, partnerships, community-led efforts, and systems change.
Simply put, it requires sustaining what is working, building on what can be improved, and reimagining what could be so that all people and communities can thrive[i].
Public health transformation is reliant on a public health workforce that looks different than the past – we must do things differently if we want an infrastructure that facilitates improved health outcomes for all. Health departments must implement strategies to address a wide range of workforce development, retention, and recruitment challenges. Members of the 21st Century Learning Community (21C) shared how they are transforming their governmental public health workforce and provided examples of what strategic implementation looks like in their state.