KPHC Spotlights

August 2022

August 4, 2022: 2021 Public Health Workforce Interests & Needs (PH WINS) Survey Results

The 2021 Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) was conducted by the de Beaumont Foundation and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) between September 2021 and January 2022. The survey provides data on workforce demographics, job characteristics, training needs, intent to stay or leave, professional engagement and satisfaction, and other areas. Previously conducted in 2014 and 2017, PH WINS is the only nationally representative survey of state and local government public health employees in the United States.

August 16, 2022: Building a Healthy Workforce from the Inside Out with the Joy in Work Toolkit

The Joy in Work Toolkit is an adapted version of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Framework for Improving Joy in Work, modified to meet the needs of local governmental public health workforce. In 2017, the IHI developed the IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work as a tool for healthcare organizations to better understand barriers to joy in work that led to high rates of staff turnover and burnout and co-create strategies to address them.

June 2022

June 6, 2022: VIRA Chatbot for Health Departments

The Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) has a new tool available for free to help health departments spread reliable, updated COVID information and empathetically address misinformation. VIRA, an artificial intelligence based chatbot, answers hundreds of questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, side effects, and more. VIRA is available in both Spanish and English.

June 21, 2022: JPHMP Devotes Supplemental Issue to Transformation and Innovation in Public Health

The Public Health National Center for Innovations at the Public Health Accreditation Board is pleased to present Transformation and Innovation in Public Health, a new Journal of Public Health Management and Practice supplemental issue. The supplemental issue contains 15 articles from a variety of perspectives and areas of practice; it is filled with stories, examples, and leadership in public health practice.

June 23, 2022: CDC's Monkeypox Resource Page

CDC is sharing resources to stay current on Monkeypox information.

May 2022

May 3, 2022: Updated Competency Assessment Tools Available

Following the release of the 2021 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), the competency assessment tools provided by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice have been updated to reflect this newest version of the Core Competencies.

April 2022

April 14, 2022: Communicating Through COVID-19 and Beyond: Impact and Insights from the Field of Public Health

Communicating Through COVID-19 and Beyond features insights and learnings from public health communicators across the country. Leading up to the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Health Communications Collaborative conducted a national survey and received more than 600 responses from 51 states and territories. These reflections highlight the immense impact of public health communicators since 2020 and offer a powerful wealth of insights for protecting public health through COVID-19 and beyond.

April 27, 2022: 2022 County Health Rankings - Kansas

The 2022 County Health Rankings, released on April 27 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), are available at To support state and local health improvement efforts, the Kansas Health Institute has produced individual county profiles that include a five-year comparison of County Health Rankings data and the “drivers,” or measures with the greatest impact, on the rankings in each county.

March 2022

March 14, 2022: KALHD Releases Building Vaccine Confidence in Kansas: A Guide for Local Health Departments

The Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD) is pleased to release a white paper for local health departments in Kansas and beyond to combat vaccine hesitancy for both COVID-19 and routine immunizations.

March 21 2022: Needs Assessment Toolkit for Dementia, Cognitive Health, and Caregiving

Dementia, cognitive health, and caregiving are not always included in community health needs assessments, leading to their absence in public health improvement and strategic plans. The Needs Assessment Toolkit for Dementia, Cognitive Health, and Caregiving can help state, local, and territorial public health and aging officials identify unmet needs of older adults, scale up existing community strengths, and promote healthy aging.

March 23 2022: PHAB Standards & Measures Version 2022

Version 2022 PHAB Standards & Measures is now final and serves as the official guidance for PHAB national public health department accreditation. After much input from the public health field, including partner organizations, health departments, and public vetting, Version 2022 reflects the future of public health practice.

March 29 2022: Rising Stress and Burnout in Public Health Results of a National Survey of the Public Health Workforce

Two years of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to increased stress and burnout, as well as post-traumatic stress symptoms, according to the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), conducted between September 2021 and January 2022. At the same time, public health workers report that they remain committed to their jobs and communities. The survey by the de Beaumont Foundation and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials collected the perceptions of nearly 45,000 staff in state and local government public health departments.

February 2022

February 18, 2022: NACCHO 2022 Advocacy Toolkit

This toolkit educates on how to educate and engage with elected officials about the critical work of local public health and what resources are needed to keep communities safe. The toolkit explains the difference between education, advocacy, and lobbying, and offers strategies for how to effectively communicate with lawmakers through a variety of engagements.

January 2022

January 5, 2022: Community Resilience: A Dynamic Model for Public Health 3.0

The Community Resilience Model defines and measures community resilience as an approach for measuring equity, addressing structural racism, and improving population health.

January 19, 2022: de Beaumont: Leading Systems Change in Public Health: A Field Guide for Practitioners

This book offers practice-based guidance and examples for examining and achieving systems change to improve health equity.

December 2021

October 2021

October 1, 2021: Staffing Up: Investing in the Public Health Workforce

Report on Workforce Levels Needed to Provide Basic Public Health Services for All Americans

August 2021

August 1, 2021: August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week! Check out the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition for resources.

World Breastfeeding Week was started in 1992 to generate public awareness and support for breastfeeding. WBW is officially celebrated August 1-7 every year

July 2021

July 6, 2021: Annual State Formula Survey Completed by all 100 KS Health Departments!

Check out the completed report of the Annual State Formalu Survey now!

July 12, 2021: Check out the COVID-19 Policy Playbook!

This playbook, from the Public Health Law Watch, provides legal recommendations for a safer, more equitable future.

July 12, 2021: Try out different messaging based on local vaccination rates.

Check out the Public Health Communication Collaborative's new messaging resource to develop clear and effective talking points about the critical role local vaccination rates play in your community.

July 17, 2021: Check out the COVID-19 Policy Playbook!

This report focuses on legal recommendations for a safer, more equitable future.

July 29, 2021: Learn more about new messaging guidance for evolving mask recommendations.

Recently the CDC updated their masking guidance based on concerns from the Delta variant. Take a look at the Public Health Communication Collaborative's updated messaging guide.

June 2021

June 8, 2021: Explore three ways to advance health equity through research.

Learn about how we’re working to strengthen the evidence base that can guide our nation toward a more equitable future—and a funding opportunity for early-career researchers to RWJF.

June 16, 2021: Expanding Vaccination Site Accessibility: Insights From the Field

In this brief, three of these specialists share their experiences with ensuring COVID-19 vaccination sites are accessible to people living with disabilities.

June 18, 2021: Read the latest Pulse on Kansas, COVID-19 Vaccine Intent Across Neighboring States.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, this issue of Pulse on Kansas details COVID-19 vaccine intent and reasons for uncertainty among adults age 18 and over in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma as of late April 2021.

June 20, 2021: Check out UIHI's Virtual Engagement Toolkit!

Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) created a Virtual Engagement Toolkit that aims to be a resource for urban Indian-serving organizations planning or transitioning to virtual community events.