New York State Public Health Workforce Task Force

About the Task Force

The NYS Public Health Workforce Task Force was created in 2005 at the recommendation of the Public Health Council as a way to confront and overcome the challenges facing the state's public health workforce. As a unique multidisciplinary team of state agencies, local health departments (LHDs), academic institutions, health professional and advocacy organizations, the CDC, and leadership and training programs, the Task Force is charged with developing and implementing strategies to address recruitment, retention, training and leadership development.

In May 2006, the Task Force published its "Roadmap: Strengthening the Public Health Workforce in New York State," (PDF, 171KB, 39pg.) and identified nine main objectives:

  1. Strengthen academic/practice partnerships
  2. Strengthen workplace policies and procedures
  3. Assess leadership skills
  4. Define workforce competencies and gaps
  5. Market public health careers to college age students
  6. Market public health careers to adults and mid career professionals
  7. Locate and advocate for new resources
  8. Hire staff with right skills and provide career development opportunities
  9. Implement workforce development programs

Task Force Members

  • Albany County Department of Health
  • Center for Health Workforce Studies
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Columbia University School of Nursing
  • CUNY Brooklyn College Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences
  • Dutchess County Department of Health
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Hunter College Urban Public Health Program
  • Livingston County Department of Health
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Monroe County Department of Health
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • New York Medical College School of Public Health
  • New York State Association of County Health Officials
  • New York State Department of Civil Service
  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York University Community Public Health Program
  • New York-New Jersey Public Health Training Center
  • Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Institute
  • Oneida County Health Department
  • Onondaga County Department of Health
  • Putnam County Department of Health
  • Rockland County Department of Health
  • Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
  • Sullivan County Department of Health
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • University at Albany School of Public Health
  • University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health
  • University of Rochester Medical Center