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CWORPH is the home of the nation's first HRSA/CDC Public Health Workforce Research Center and the site of numerous other innovative research projects related to public health workforce.

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HRSA/CDC Public Health Workforce Research Center

The Public Health Health Workforce Research Center (PHWRC) is a joint initiative between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Services Research Administration (HRSA).  This cooperative agreement provides funding over 5 years (2022-2027) for research focused on:

  1. Evaluating the role(s) of public health occupations in delivering programs, including essential or foundational public health services, across populations.
  2. Investigating public health workforce composition, data, needs, sufficiency, and distribution including both governmental (i.e., federal, state, local, tribal, territorial) and non-governmental entities.
  3. Assessing public health workforce development methods including but not limited to recruitment and training models and the outlook and analytics for workforce needs.
  4. Conducting and evaluating public health workforce implementation scientific research, including identifying evidence-informed strategies and interventions. CWORPH Principal Investigators collaborate with partners to conduct 8-10 studies per year, with guidance and direction from both CDC and HRSA.

Click here to see summaries of Year 1 CWORPH Projects (2022-2023)

Click here to see summaries of Year 2 CWORPH Projects (2023-2024)

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The Public Health Workforce Research Center is supported by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by CDC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Other Collaborations

The CWORPH PIs have been collaborating on public health workforce products for many years and are involved in a variety of projects in addition to those funded by the PHWRC. Currently they are funded by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Public Health Infrastructure Grant Program for the following studies:

  • Conducting an analysis to determine the current size, distribution, and characteristics of the nation’s public health workforce;
  • Supporting the creation of a first-in-the nation Public Health Information Data System (PHIDS) under leadership of the Public Health Accreditation Board  to make sure that the nation’s public health-related datasets are aligned and able to communicate.


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What Are Public Health Agencies Planning for Workforce Development? A Content Analysis of Workforce Development Plans of Accredited Public Health Departments

Recruiting and retaining public health employees and ensuring they have the skills necessary to respond are vital for meeting public health needs. As the first study examining health department (HD) workforce development plans (WDPs), this study presents gaps and strategies identified in WDPs across 201 accredited HDs (168 initial/33 reaccreditation plans).