If you enjoy assisting others with their healthcare concerns and being a teacher at the same time public health nursing may be for you. The corollary is also true, the path we are travelling with continued losses of state and local laboratory professionals coupled with the antiquated mechanisms for transmitting laboratory test orders and results can only lead to reduced surveillance and detection and increased incidents of disease that causes public and private payers to expend ever increasing amounts on the delivery of health care to increased numbers of people.
An infusion of federal support for state and local public health workforce retention would produce an immediate high-value preventive intervention by preserving the much-needed laboratory professionals who are responsible for surveillance and detection on a daily basis.
The Department is supportive, in principle, of a revalidation scheme for public health specialists from a background other than medicine or dentistry and would encourage the Faculty of Public Health, Public Health England PHE and the regulators to explore what non-statutory options there may be to introduce such a scheme.
This discussion included sharing knowledge of the challenges governmental environmental laboratories face concerning multiple data systems, as well as the major benefits that would accrue to our national environmental laboratory system should such a single data standard be adopted.
Some also participate on councils and assist in research projects to offer data and suggestions on improving access to healthcare for specific populations and communities with the goal of increasing awareness and improving the health and lifestyles of individuals in order to prevent the onset of disease and conditions.