Enumerating and Understanding New York’s Local Public Health Workforce

Course Objective

  • Communicate the methods used for enumerating the local public health workforce in New York State and present enumeration study results.
  • Describe the value of conducting public health workforce enumeration to inform public health practice and strategic workforce planning. 
  • Offer practical insights and best practices derived from the study as guidance for learners interested in conducting similar enumeration studies in other settings. 

Date: January 9, 2024

Molly Fleming, MPH
Senior Program Manager, New York State Association of County Health Officials

Isaac Michaels, MPH
Program Director, Research Science, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and DrPH Student at University at Albany School of Public Health

Molly Fleming and Isaac Michaels presented their findings from an enumeration study of local health departments in New York State. The presenters began by sharing the study background and methods, including collaborative efforts between academia and public health practice. They then summarized the findings of the study and changes in the workforce resulting from the impact of COVID-19. They went on to discuss successes, lessons learned, and next steps including continued assessment. They conclude with recommendations for working with public health schools as a pipeline to the public health workforce, the need for advocacy and civil service reform, and continued flexible sustainable funding. 

Region 2 Public Health Training Center