Finding Leaders for Public Health Laboratories: A Strategic Plan

Strategic planning for the public health laboratory leadership workforce

From 2006 to 2007, staff at the Association of Public Health Laboratories led public health laboratory leaders and other stakeholders in developing a strategic planning process and a strategic plan to assure competent, sustainable public health laboratory leadership. The process is a model that other public health and health care organizations can use to recruit, train and retain leaders.

Key Results:

  • A plan, Association of Public Health Laboratories Workforce Initiative: Creating a Model for Strategic Planning, Final Report, with 10 appendices, including:
    • A strategic plan for increasing the recruitment, training and retention of qualified individuals for public health laboratory leadership (Appendix D: National Center for Public Health Laboratory Leadership Strategic Plan: 2006–2009).
    • A toolkit with personnel standards, recruitment and retention strategies and more (Appendix H: Toolkit for Ensuring a Future Workforce of Qualified Public Health Laboratory Scientist-Managers and Directors, Final Report).
  • A model of the strategic planning process that other public health and health care organizations can use to alleviate leadership shortages (Appendix C: Strategic Planning Process).

The plan is available from the Association of Public Health Laboratories.

Key Recommendations: The Association of Public Health Laboratories made the following recommendations to other public health and health care organizations engaged in similar strategic planning in Appendix C: Strategic Planning Process:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the market forces and trends affecting strategic planning.
  • Engage an expert in the field to develop an environmental scan.
  • Seek a cross section of viewpoints and perspectives among participating stakeholders.
  • Develop a charter to help set expectations, define boundaries and link participants.
  • Set up an oversight committee.

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