Enhancing health equity and public health infrastructure
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School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Reno, United States
School of Public Health, Univesrity of Nevada, Reno, United States
Publication date: 2023-04-27
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A760
The Nevada Public Health Training Center (NVPHTC) and Larson Institute for Health Impact and Equity (Larson Institute) have worked with health officials throughout Nevada to implement multiple workforce development assessments and create action plans based on survey findings. In 2019, NVPHTC re-launched a Workforce Development Survey to examine the status of Nevada’s current public health workforce as well as competencies changes since 2015. With over 800 responses, Findings were used to identify distinctions within different populations of the public health workforce. Analysis highlighted key findings and significant differences in competencies, training preferences, and other characteristics between survey participants based on demographics such as ethnicity and race. In early 2021, the Larson Institute developed and implemented another needs assessment survey. This assessment was aimed at identifying opportunities to enhance health equity within public health programs, clinics and organizational settings. The Larson Institute leveraged its partnerships with state and local health authorities, healthcare systems, and non-profit partners to disseminate the first statewide Public Health Workforce Health Equity Needs Assessment and had nearly 600 responses. Key findings from the equity survey showcased a need for action within the public health workforce. Workforce development findings helped the Larson Institute develop Nevada’s workforce by recognizing the unique needs of different members and encourage efforts to further diversify all public health roles, from support staff to directors and senior leaders. With each needs assessment, the Larson Institute supported development of comprehensive strategies for enhancing health equity and public health infrastructure. This included the development of individualized action plans and recommendations for best practices, including enhancing knowledge and promoting equity-driven conversations that address the environmental, social, and economic conditions impacting health. Beyond Nevada, this presentation will emphasize the need to act and support the advancement of health equity initiatives for healthier communities everywhere.
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