Capitol Close Up Dome

Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce NACCHO-Supported Strengthening the Public Health Workforce Act

Jan 21, 2022 | Kerry Allen

On January 13, Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced the Strengthening the Public Health Workforce Act (S.3506), which would provide education loan repayment to eligible individuals who work in a state, local, or tribal public health department. Under the program, an individual could receive up to $35,000 in repayment assistance for each year of service.

Strengthening and supporting the public health workforce is a key priority of NACCHO’s 2022 Federal Legislative and Policy Agenda. The public health workforce is facing a crisis that predates COVID-19 but has worsened during the pandemic response. Public health departments were hit hard by the 2008 recession and between those who planned to retire or pursue jobs in the private sector, projections suggest that even prior to the pandemic over a third of the local health department workforce might leave in coming years. A federal loan repayment program like that envisioned in the Strengthening the Public Health Workforce Act would provide an important tool for public health departments to recruit and retain top talent in the field.

Meanwhile, companion legislation in the House of Representatives, the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Act (H.R. 3297), was approved by a voice vote in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee in November. NACCHO continues to work with lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol to move legislation establishing a Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program into law.


About Kerry Allen

Kerry Allen is NACCHO Director of Government Affairs

More posts by Kerry Allen

Related Posts

Capitol Dome with Mic typeface display V3
  • Podcast

NACCHO Podcast: The Impact of the MIP Initiative on MIP...

Ian Goldstein spoke with African American Infant and Maternal Mortality...

May 20, 2022 | Ian Goldstein

NACCHO Podcast: The Impact of the MIP Initiative on MIP...

Gun Violence Image
  • Press Release

Gun Violence and Racism Create an Intertwined Public...

This past week, multiple racially motivated violent attacks took place across...

May 18, 2022 | Andrea Grenadier

Gun Violence and Racism Create an Intertwined Public...

Menthol

NACCHO Joins Coalition in Publicly Supporting FDA...

Last week, NACCHO joined a coalition led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids...

May 10, 2022 | Kerry Allen

NACCHO Joins Coalition in Publicly Supporting FDA...

Capitol Dome with Mic typeface display V3
  • Podcast

Podcast from Washington: Forces of Change Report

Ian Goldstein speaks with NACCHO Director of Research Tim McCall to hear more...

May 09, 2022 | Ian Goldstein

Podcast from Washington: Forces of Change Report

16445933 on computer

Data: Elemental to Health Holds Briefings on Data...

In April, Data: Elemental to Health – a coalition of public health groups...

May 05, 2022 | Ian Goldstein, Rachel Miller

Data: Elemental to Health Holds Briefings on Data...

Capitol Close Up Dome

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Holds...

On April 27, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing...

May 05, 2022 | Rachel Miller, Kerry Allen

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Holds...

US Washington Capitol

NACCHO Member Karen Ayala Testifies Before House Science...

the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on...

Apr 11, 2022 | Rachel Miller

NACCHO Member Karen Ayala Testifies Before House Science...

Capitol Dome with Mic typeface display V3
  • Podcast

Podcast from Washington: NACCHO Celebrates National...

In recognition of National Public Health Week, Ian Goldstein speaks with Health...

Apr 08, 2022 | Ian Goldstein

Podcast from Washington: NACCHO Celebrates National...

US Washington Capitol

President Biden Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Proposal

This week, President Biden released his fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request....

Apr 01, 2022 | Ian Goldstein

President Biden Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Proposal

Back to Top