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New Findings on Public Health Training Needs Now Available

Results from NWCPHP’s 2016 training needs assessment are now available. With these findings, leaders can learn the most desired skills among the region’s public health workforce and consider strategies for improving individual and organizational performance.

Results from NWCPHP’s 2016 training needs assessment are now available. With these findings, leaders can learn the most desired skills among the region’s public health workforce and consider strategies for improving individual and organizational performance.

December 13, 2016

Public health organizations are looking for new ways to improve recruitment and retention efforts and develop training pathways for staff. Results from NWCPHP’s recent training needs assessment can assist with these efforts.

Conducted in collaboration with public health organizations from around the region, NWCPHP’s Regional 2016 Training Needs Assessment Report reveals the most pressing training needs of senior managers, supervisors, and front line workers. The report also describes the most preferred formats for completing training, including in-person workshops and self-paced, online learning.

2016 Regional Public Health Training Needs Assessment

  • 3,450 respondents from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
  • Maps public health core competencies to skill-based questions
  • Identifies skill gaps for executives, program managers, and front line staff

Access the summary report through PH LearnLink. 

Regional 2016 Training Needs Assessment Summary Report

Key Findings:

  • Executive, mid-level, and front line staff all request more training in leadership and systems thinking.  
  • High-priority public health trends include primary care integration, evidence-based practice, and leveraging electronic health information.
  • Top cross-cutting skills needed include negotiation techniques, conflict management, and stress management.
  • Technology skills needed include developing a database, using statistical software, and developing websites.

Luann D’Ambrosio, MEd, NWCPHP Associate Director, helped design the survey and analyze the results. “We are excited to share this information with the region, and we look forward to helping public health organizations put these findings into action,” she said.

NWCPHP is available to help organizations review their results and consider ways to apply the findings to their workforce development and accreditation activities. Consultation can include succession planning, developing individual and organizational training plans, connecting staff with existing, low-cost training, and sharing resources with neighboring jurisdictions.

Access the summary report online and start considering how the findings can be put into action in your organization. Contact Luann D’Ambrosio for detailed information about the survey methods or to learn more about NWCPHP’s consultation services. Watch a recording of the assessment results presented during the November session of Hot Topics in Practice.

The Northwest Public Health Training Center, housed within the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is one of ten regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With this support, Northwest Public Health Training Center identifies public health workforce training needs and opportunities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

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