One key way we maintain relationships with practitioners in these states is through our Regional Network Steering Committee. The Committee is made up of workforce development professionals from each state, plus the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and representatives from four public health programs in the region. It is an important source of feedback for curriculum and training development.
The Committee meets twice per year to share information that then helps us integrate workforce development activities performed by training coordinators in each state. Committee involvement has helped to foster a diverse and growing range of activities within each state and across the region.
Key activities include:
- Sharing of workforce development resources
- Delivery of numerous public health training events
- Analysis of current workforce trends and challenges
- Efforts to expand distance learning capacity to meet the needs of busy practitioners
- Collaboration on training and planning activities
The Regional Network’s partner agencies also receive funding from NWCPHP to support the achievement of each state’s workforce development goals. The collaborative nature of the network has helped to foster a diverse and growing range of activities within each state and across the region. See partner state pages for more information on these activities and the public health system in each state.
Regional Network Steering Committee History
The Committee was originally formed in 2000 with representatives from our partner states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. In 2003, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, which represents 43 federally recognized tribes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, became a formal member of the Committee.In 2010, four accredited public health programs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana joined the group.