The Future of Public Health National Summit Series

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The practice of public health and the policies to advance it have proven their vital importance in recent years, revealing the need for a future-forward, future-ready public health system that helps assure everyone can attain their full potential for health and well-being.

A Lights, Camera, Action summit series, which consisted of five online convenings from 2021–2023, provided an opportunity to discuss and consider strategies to build a resilient, trusted system to meet infrastructure, workforce and health equity goals.

Each of these webinars features public-health experts from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Big Cities Health Coalition, and state, tribal, local and territorial health departments who share lessons learned and best practices, as well as offering recommendations on how to move toward a modernized U.S. public health system.

These virtual seminars have examined topics including the importance of community partnerships; data modernization; laws, governance and finance; and other key public health issues. The latest summit, Strengthening the Public Health Workforce, recorded in June 2023, looks at COVID-19 pandemic innovations and advancements in public health, and features discussions and ideas on workforce recruitment, retention and more.

Learn more and explore recordings of the summits, presentations, reports and other related resources.


Past Summits:

Summit 1:
Achieving a Diverse and Effective Public Health Workforce: December 6, 2021
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Summit 2:
Data Modernization: January 25, 2022
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Summit 3:
Strengthening Public Health Law, Governance and Finance to Support a Modern System: February 23, 2022
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Summit 4:
Catalyzing Cross-Sectoral Partnerships and Community Engagement: March 23, 2022
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Summit 5:
Strengthening the Public Health Workforce: June 29, 2023
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Lights, Camera, Action Theme

The lights represent the guiding lights from research, such as PH Wins, Staffing Up, Public Health Forward, Public Health 3.0, Seven Ways Businesses Can Align with Public Health for Bold Action and Innovation, Recommendations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems, and more. The lights are also exemplars in the field in practice and policy. 

The camera represents the view of public health through the lens of the pandemic and the loss of trust. Today, there is a need for the United States to refocus the camera to rebuild trust and transform public health. The camera also emphasizes the need for everything to be seen through an equity lens. 

Action includes local, state, and national actions informed by the lights and camera. 

Together we can write a new script and produce a new future for public health. 

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Materials From Summit Series 


Below is a listing of resources for the summit series as well as resources for each summit. Additional resources will be added on an ongoing basis.

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