The Future of Public Health National Summit Series

SAVE THE DATE: Strengthening the Public Health Workforce, JUNE 29, 2023 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the practice of public health has been viewed in a tight close-up—divulging both its deep-rooted challenges as well as its proven potential to save lives.

An original Lights, Camera, Action summit series, which consisted of four summits in late 2021 and early 2022, provided an opportunity to consider actions needed to build the public health system for the future. Today, we can look back on the lessons learned during the pandemic, considering both innovations within the emergency response, as well as the way to move ahead to create a resilient, trusted system that can help everyone attain their full potential for health and well-being.

In the latest summit in the Lights, Camera, Action series scheduled for June 29, 2023, the CDC Foundation will reflect on the pandemic response workforce and discuss recommendations for the path forward.

This fifth summit will consider COVID-19 as a catalyst for change and bring together CDC Foundation jurisdictional partners and other voices.


Upcoming Summit:

Summit 5:
Strengthening the Public Health Workforce: June 29, 2023
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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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Strengthening the Public Health Workforce

This action-oriented summit will focus on:

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  • Building and sustaining capacity and infrastructure
  • Leveraging community and other partnerships to address health equity issues
  • Developing a diverse, sustainable workforce

In total, the CDC Foundation hired more than 4,000 field staff as part of its surge staffing projects for the COVID-10 pandemic—3,000 were hired for the workforce project that supported city, state, tribal and territorial health departments’ emergency response efforts. At this summit, the conversation will consider approaches to build on that experience and create the public health capacity and capabilities our communities need for the future.

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 Initial 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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Partners are supporting the Lights, Camera, Action Summit Series and helping to catalyze activities needed to propel positive action, rebuild confidence, foster health equity and transform our nation’s public health system. If you are interested in supporting this mission, please contact the CDC Foundation at

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