National WIC Association

The public health nutrition workforce and its future challenges: the US experience

Haughton B, George A. The public health nutrition workforce and its future challenges: the US experience. Public Health Nutr. Oct 2008;11(10):1089.

The objectives of the study were to describe the US public health nutrition workforce and its future social, biological, and fiscal challenges. It focused on the nutrition personnel working in governmental health agencies. Results showed that the US Department of Agriculture funds 81.7% of full-time-equivalent positions, primarily through the WIC Program. Of those personnel working in WIC, 45% have at least 10 years of experience, compared with more than 65% of the non-WIC workforce. The future workforce will need to focus on increasing its diversity and cultural competence and likely will need to address retirement within leadership positions.