New Report Released on Recruitment and Retention in Public Health

Ever wondered about what influences peoples’ decisions to choose jobs in public health? Or wanted to know what could help keep them in their jobs? The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice has been interested in the recruitment and retention of public health workers for many years.

Their new report sheds some light on this. Recruitment and Retention: What’s Influencing the Decisions of Public Health Workers? was released late this spring. It provides details of a national survey of nearly 12,000 individuals and was conducted in 2010.

Among other things, the survey found that:

– Though one-third of respondents entered governmental public health directly from educational programs, relatively few entered from public health degree programs

– Healthcare settings and private industry may provide opportunities for recruiting workers into governmental public health

Read the report to find out more about what draws others into your field, and why you and your co-workers stay in it.

The Council on Linkages is a collaborative of 21 national organizations focused on improving public health education and training, practice, and research.