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J Public Health Manag Pract. 2003 Nov-Dec;9(6):500-3.

Commentary: developing and retaining a public health workforce for the 21st century: readiness for a paradigm shift to community-based public health.

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  • 1Partnership for the Public's Health/Public Health Institute, 555 12th Street, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607-4046, USA.


The Partnership for the Public's Health work in supporting partnerships between local health departments and community-based organizations has offered important insights into the difficulties of changing public health practice to a more community-based model. Keys to these difficulties are workforce issues: availability, appropriateness of initial training, recruitment, retention, and issues of continuing education. These challenges and some positive examples are discussed.

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