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Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy

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A dearth of organized, interdisciplinary research about the characteristics and functions of the nation's public health workforce hampers our ability to develop cohesive policy and to fully understand the effect of that workforce on the public health system and population health.

To address those issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through its cooperative agreement with the Public Health Foundation, funded the Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy (COEWRP) at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2008. COEWRP works closely with the UK Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research (CPHSSR) established in 2006 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. COEWRP also participates in the annual Keeneland Conference on Public Health Systems and Services Research by sponsoring a scientific session highlighting current public health workforce research and by convening its national advisory committee in conjunction with the conference. Several of the committee members lend expertise to presentations and expert panels at the conference.

In addition to providing a venue for presentation and discussion of public health workforce research, major activities of the Center include:

  • Posting information about relevant databases on the National Library of Medicine website in order to make them more accessible to researchers and policymakers
  • Providing technical assistance to, and promoting networking among, public health workforce researchers
  • Coordinating COEWRP efforts with the Data Harmonization Workgroup
  • Assessing data elements in TRAIN (the Public Health Foundation sponsored learning management system) as a resource for public health workforce research
  • Leveraging activities with federal and practice partners
  • Facilitating CDC's participation and leadership efforts to improve and encourage new public health workforce policy
  • Collaborating with the Center of Excellence for Public Health Workforce Studies at the University of Michigan, established in 2009.
  • Linda T. Bilheimer, PhD
    Associate Director, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology
    National Center for Health Statistics
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Peter I. Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies
    Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing
    Institute for Medicine and Public Health
    Vanderbilt University

  • Claude Earl Fox, MD, MPH
    Director, Florida Public Health Institute
    Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
    Miller School of Medicine
    University of Miami

  • Kristine M. Gebbie, DrPH, RN
    Joan Grabe Dean (Acting)
    Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing

  • C. William Keck, MD, MPH
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health Sciences
    Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
    Chair, Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice

  • David Meltzer, MD, PhD
    Director, Center for Health and Social Sciences
    Division of Biological Sciences
    The University of Chicago

  • Debra Perez, PhD, MPA, MA
    Senior Program Officer, Public Health Team
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • George Stamas, MA
    Chief, Division of Occupational Employment Statistics
    Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Roger Straw, PhD
    Director, Office of Workforce Policy and Performance Management
    Bureau of Health Professions
    Health Resources and Services Administration

  • Hugh H. Tilson, MD, DrPH
    Senior Advisor for Public Health to HRSA Bureau of Health Professions
    Adjunct Professor of Public Health Leadership, Epidemiology, and Health Policy
    Gillings School of Global Public Health
    University of North Carolina
    Adjunct Professor of Medicine
    Duke University

Ex Officio Members
  • Carol A. Gotway Crawford, PhD
    Associate Director for Science, Office of Workforce and Career Development
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Ron Bialek, MPP
    President
    Public Health Foundation

  • Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH
    Principal Investigator, Center of Excellence for Public Health Workforce Studies
    Associate Professor of Epidemilogy
    Associate Dean for Practice
    Director, Preventive Medicine Residency
    Director, Office of Public Health Practice
    School of Public Health
    Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases, University Health System
    Director, University Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative
    University of Michigan
Principal Investigators:
  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD
    Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy
    Director, Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research
    College of Public Health
    University of Kentucky

  • Cynthia Lamberth, MPH, CPH
    Associate Dean for Workforce Development
    Director, Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute
    Project Director, Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research
    College of Public Health
    University of Kentucky

Project Manager:

 

Center of Excellence in Public Health Workforce Research and Policy
College of Public Health
University of Kentucky
Cynthia D. Lamberth, MPH, CPH
Associate Dean, Workforce Development
859 218-2063
cynthia.lamberth@uky.edu