Leadership, Management and Workforce Development
Sharing Session - 60 Minutes
CDC’s Population Health Workforce Branch (PHWB) developed the Population Health Workforce Initiative (PHWI) to adequately train and prepare the public health workforce to respond to complex problems. This panel provides an overview of PHWI and initial evaluation results from two health departments.
Utah Department of Health multidisciplinary team studied Medicaid beneficiaries that were associated with high-cost healthcare utilization and with socioeconomic disparities, as measured by area deprivation index at census block group level. These findings suggest development of integrated programs addressing both physical and mental health conditions with a focus on socioeconomically deprived areas might benefit Medicaid recipients in populations like Utah.
Denver Health employed a multi-methods strategy to gain a deeper understanding of opioid-related documentation and data coding processes and developed operational definitions of opioid use disorder, opioid misuse, and opioid poisoning. Through the Initiative’s activities, the health department’s multidisciplinary team and partnerships were able to collaboratively define complex population health problems and design intervention plans to improve the community health outcomes.
PHWI’s evaluation findings provide valuable information for preparing the future workforce to respond to population health problems.