by Aaron Rienke
The goals of public health in the United States have shifted along with the changing needs of the population throughout our history. Recently, Public Health 3.0 was implemented with the goal of moving toward systems thinking and having a cross-sectional workforce. This call to action encouraged public health to develop workforce coalitions across the United States. In the most recent public health workforce survey, PH-WINS 2017, region 7 (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas) needed the most workforce skill improvement compared to all other regions of the United States. Iowa has yet to produce a workforce coalition; IPHA aims to find the workforce needs of public health departments at the local, state, and national levels. This coalition will decide the best method to further educate local and county boards of health, as well as working to dissolve workforce inequities that still persist within our workforce. Creation of the coalition will begin in July, and we will model it after the existing coalitions in region 7 (Kansas and Nebraska). Future plans with this project include disseminating a workforce survey through the IPHA network and creating a statewide strategic plan for Iowa’s public health workforce development. Soon we will equip Iowa to face the future and meet the goals of Public Health 3.0.