Strengthen local public health capacity critical to build healthier communities

March 2023

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BCHC shared recommendations with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on how to strengthen the public health workforce including:

  • federal funding to support the workforce must be sustained and predictable;
  • enumerate the public health workforce to better plan for and address shortages;
  • efforts should build, support, and maintain the existing workforce;
  • incentivize students to enter the public health field;
  • leverage existing infrastructure at health departments and across workforce programs, and
  • diversify the workforce to reflect the community.

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