Expanding Public Health Capacity Through Innovative Staff Solutions: Stories from States

May 19, 2021
4-5 p.m. ET

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The United States' COVID-19 response has tested the capacity of our governmental public health system, including our workforce of highly dedicated public health professionals. Urgent efforts to scale up the human resources required to respond to COVID-19 required creativity, innovation, and flexibility.

This webinar will explore staffing models and strategies that ASTHO, state health agencies, and their partners used to support state and territorial COVID-19 response activities with an eye toward future efforts to expand the governmental public health workforce. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentations.


  • Judy Monroe, president and CEO, CDC Foundation.

Monroe will describe the CDC Foundation initiative to hire and deploy hundreds of surge staff in support of public health response across the country.

  • Cassandra Thompson, director of preparedness and disability integration, ASTHO.

Thompson will overview an administrative partnership that supported staffing to health agencies in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She will also discuss a collaboration with a staffing partner, Wanderly, that supported 12 disability and preparedness positions in state and territorial health agencies.

  • Robert Longyear, vice president of digital health and innovation, Wanderly.

Longyear will describe how a digital staffing marketplace was used to rapidly support vaccination and testing programs across the country. These efforts supported the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's drive-through sites, community vaccination sites operated by Massachusetts' Beth Israel Lahey Health, and a testing deployment program with Humana.


Michael Fraser, chief executive officer, ASTHO.

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