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Introducing a Graphic Essay on “Understanding the Public Health Workforce’s COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges" (On Demand-No CE)



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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

If you are seeking CE or a certificate of completion, you will need to enroll in the paid CE version:

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing created this graphic essay to increase understanding of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) conclusion that “implementing prevention and control practices that eliminate, reduce and manage factors that cause or contribute to public health workers’ adverse mental health status might improve mental health outcomes during this and other public health emergencies,” and to facilitate understanding of:

  • The ongoing mental health challenges currently faced by public health workers as highlighted in the MMWR and PH WINS surveys.
  • The mental health challenges have been experienced by public health workers, as documented through a series of brief key informant interviews with public health workers across the country.
  • Recommendations from workers on how to support public health leadership capacity to build departmental and jurisdictional supports around mental health challenges in the workforce.
  • Recommendations from public health workers on current and future training needs.
  • Additional reflections on how to support development of the public health workforce and human resource mechanisms to mitigate burnout and ensure ongoing staffing recruitment and retention for the next generation of public health workers.

This training was originally held on June 13, 2022.


Public health professionals from Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) and beyond

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the ongoing mental health challenges faced by current public health workers as highlighted in the MMWR
  • Describe best practices and recommendations for a more sustainable public health infrastructure, including how to support public health leadership capacity and current public health professional training needs
  • Identify 2 practices to increase personal and/or team wellness


  • Seidale Shipman, MBA, PMP, Project Manager, Practice Improvement & Consulting, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Joan King, RN, MSN, CS, Consultant, Practice Improvement & Consulting, National Council for Mental Wellbeing


The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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