Following the 2020 Indiana Public Health System Report in 2021, Governor Eric Holcomb convened the Governor’s Public Health Commission (GPHC), which conducted an intensive review of Indiana’s public health system regarding workforce, funding, governance and infrastructure, data integration, child and
adolescent health, and emergency preparedness.
Using data from that review, in 2022, the GPHC released a report with recommendations and next steps toward strengthening the public health system in Indiana. The report called for the collection of reliable information about local health departments in Indiana and the governmental public health workforce.
As such, the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH), in partnership with the IDOH, conducted a statewide Local Health Department (LHD) Workforce Assessment in the fall of 2022.
For the first time, decision makers in Indiana have reliable data on the number of governmental public health employees working in LHDs and have the opportunity to compare the strengths and weaknesses among the staffing levels and services provided to Indiana communities.
This information can be used to track changes in Indiana’s workforce over time, to request resources to support LHDs and their employees, and to ultimately strengthen Indiana’s public health system and the health of our state. The full report as well as the tools for data collection and an example of the individual LHD briefs provided to each LHD are available for download below.