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​Maintaining the Kentucky Department of Public Health goal to improve the health and safety of people in the commonwealth requires a dedicated workforce. Considering recent events and the challenges faced by the public health workforce, Kentucky established the Workforce Development Program to revitalize its commitment to personnel and the future of public health.

​This program aims to retain and train current staff, recruit students and graduates to public health and support continued Public Health Transformation. New plans and projects will provide training and education incentives, support travel and cultivate a positive work environment in the department.

Through partnerships with local schools and universities, the department will work to attract a competent and diverse workforce. Collaboration between public health implementation specialists and university public health researchers will increase the effectiveness of interventions in line with currently accepted evidence-based practices. The Workforce Development team will undertake these activities and more to support the future of public health in Kentucky.

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