During this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Paula Kett and Betty Bekemeier will present an overview of research findings from this survey. Paula, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Center for Health Workforce Studies, and Betty, Director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, will discuss the implications of their study findings for the public health workforce and policy makers. The presentation will examine how training, education and support may need to be tailored differently for rural practitioners, and consider policies that could help build and strengthen the workforce.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the assets and training needs of rural and urban public health workers.
  • Understand how COVID-19 impacted rural and urban public health workers, and evaluate how these differences may influence workforce development in both settings.
  • Discuss recommendations for strengthening the capacity of our rural public health workforce.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


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

Betty Bekemeier, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Professor, Department of Child, Family and Population Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington and Executive Director, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice.

Discussion Questions

  • How has COVID-19 impacted the competency differences between rural and urban public health practitioners?
  • How should the findings of this study be prioritized?
  • What additional research is needed to support rural public health workforce development?


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.

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Air Date: 
Monday, January 23, 2023, 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