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Federation of public health associations to focus on work force issues.

The World Federation of Public Health Associations will be working to strengthen the global public health work force as part of a new grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Under the $123,500 grant, received in December, the federation will work to develop competencies that can be used to enhance the work of health professionals around the world. Such competencies can help improve training, continuing education and academic curricula of health workers and, ultimately, improve the health of the public, according to Barbara Hatcher, PhD, MPH, RN, the federation's secretary general.

"Improving the capacity, expertise and strength of the public health work force is crucial to ensuring the health of the world's people, no matter where they live," Hatcher said.

The grant will allow the federation to commission a paper on public health education, training and work force analysis in developing countries. The World Federation of Public Health Associations will also become an active participant in the Global Workforce Alliance and its task forces, which address issues such as migration, technical cooperation and resource mobilization.

"Addressing the need for a competent global work force must receive priority attention ... or the health systems in many countries might collapse," said S.M. Asib Nasim, federation president.

Founded in 1967, the World Federation of Public Health Associations is made up of more than 70 national and regional public health associations, including APHA, as well as schools of public health.

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