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Tribal Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment Results Published

The public health workforce is shrinking. There are 50,000 fewer public health workers in the United States today compared to 20 years ago—tribes have been impacted by the shortage of tribal public health workers. Tribal public health professionals are in charge of hospitals and health care, they initiate and maintain data surveillance systems. Others provide critical services in the way of environmental engineering, environmental health, epidemiology, infection control, social work occupational safety, nursing, nutrition, and more. The tribal public health workforce is impacted by funding shortfalls within the Indian Health Service and limited training opportunities for tribal public health workforce professionals.

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center at the University of Colorado Denver, are assessing tribal public health workforce needs throughout Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. In December 2016, Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center sent a tribal public health workforce assessment to all tribal public health workforce professionals.  The results from the assessment have now been published.  The full report is available for download by clicking the image below.  A shorter, summary version of the report can be downloaded by clicking here.