About Us

CWORPH conducts research in the areas of public health workforce, finance, and infrastructure. Particular areas of current focus include staff shortages; diversity and equity; training, recruitment, and retention.

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A well-trained public health workforce is the lynchpin to addressing current and future public health challenges, but achieving this goal requires a significant overhaul of recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining staff. The Consortium for Workforce Research in Public Health (CWORPH) conducts rigorous, practice-informed research and evaluation in the area of public health workforce, collaborating to leverage their combined decades of experience and expertise with the aim of efficiently and effectively translating and disseminating their research in collaboration with public health practitioners.

Its members and partners regularly collaborate on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research, assessment, and evaluation projects.


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Our Consortium proactively brings together six highly ranked schools of public health to create a unique national network of public health workforce research expertise. Each member has different research strengths, practice experience, and subject matter expertise that, combined, allow us to address a breadth of research questions around public health workforce.

Jonathon P. Leider

University of Minnesota School of Public Health Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management Director, Center for Public Health Systems Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics

Janette Dill

University of Minnesota School of Public Health Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management Affiliate, Center for Public Health Systems

Betty Bekemeier

University of Washington School of Nursing Kirby & Ellery Cramer Endowed Professor Director, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice Adjunct Professor, UW School of Public Health

Heather Krasna

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Associate Dean, Career and Professional Development Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Health Policy and Management

Michael Meit

East Tennessee State University College of Public Health Director, Center for Rural Health Research Research Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Management and Policy

Beth Resnick

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy & Management Practice Professor Assistant Dean for Public Health Practice Director, MSPH in Health Policy

Valerie Yeager

Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health Professor, Health Policy and Management


CWORPH partner organizations have a national presence and reach that allow unique insights into public health workforce needs and challenges. Our partners provide strategic direction, subject matter expertise, and data to enhance our research's quality, equity, and real-world relevance.  They also help disseminate research findings to the audiences who can use them.


Anushree Vichare

Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University Assistant Professor

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