Public health agencies face a serious workforce crisis: an aging workforce with no sign of backfill, continued employee attrition, and concurrent budget cuts with increasing mandates. These challenges act synergistically to impact the staff’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities. This CDC-funded CRLC video project aimed to preserve the institutional memory of, and forever capture, the universal pieces of wisdom of 10 current and former health department employees with over 250 years of combined experience.

These video-driven trainings include themes of cross-training, operations in crisis, the unexpected, and optimal communication. These public health pearls of wisdom are applicable to any health department and may offer a unique training tool to enable other health department staff to think and act creatively during a crisis, fiscal or emergent. Access the facilitators guide for more information on how to use this video series in your organization or agency.


This video project was supported by Cooperative Agreement 5U90TP000419-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors/producers and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.