In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Paula Kett, PhD, MPH, RN, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies, and Dany Zemmel, MPH, the Training and Engagement Manager at the Region V Public Health Training Center, will focus on the components of public health practice that are important for health equity competencies. They will also discuss recommendations to improve workforce development and training, such as explicit naming of the effects of structural racism, application of new concepts, and skill development. These skill areas include identifying, influencing, and implementing policies, community engagement, and cross-sector partnership building.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe two to three factors associated with greater knowledge of and confidence in addressing health equity among governmental public health staff
  • Identify at least two characteristics associated with staff-reported involvement in work to address racism as a public health crisis
  • Discuss recommendations to improve workforce development and training focused on advancing health equity

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Paula Kett, PhD, MPH, RN
Research Scientist, Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine

Dany Zemmel, MPH
Training and Engagement Manager, Region V Public Health Training Center

Discussion Questions

  • What next steps should be prioritized in applying the findings from this study?
    • For participants: What have you experienced or learned about that has worked effectively to apply health equity and anti-racism concepts in policy or practice?
  • What additional research is needed as part of supporting the public health workforce in their role to advance health equity?


  • Slides | Slide handout (slides available immediately before session)

Continuing Education Credits

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.

Air Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST
Program Planning & Evaluation
Tools and Resources
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills