April 2, 2024

It Can’t Just Be About the Money: How to Assure an Adequate Public Health Workforce

Salary disparities emphasize the urgency of rectifying pay inequities in public health occupations. However, many public health positions are governed by state employee pay structures that cannot be changed for only one agency. Given the challenges of increasing governmental pay just for public health, additional approaches are needed for public health recruitment and retention that are within the public health sector’s control.

This article discusses suggested strategies for public health recruitment and retention, informed by interviews with public health workers from across the country and public health workforce reports from the field.

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