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NWCPHP Conducts Training Needs Assessment in Oregon

NWCPHP is available to conduct needs assessments for public health organizations who are applying for national accreditation.

NWCPHP is available to conduct needs assessments for public health organizations who are applying for national accreditation.

January 27, 2014

Earlier this year, leadership at the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority contracted with NWCPHP to conduct a training needs assessment. An important reason for conducting this assessment was to fulfill a requirement for national accreditation. The Public Health Accreditation Board asks each applying agency to provide information about the competencies and training gaps of those employed by the agency.

Conducting training needs assessments is part of NWCPHP's role as a public health training center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. In early 2013, NWCPHP conducted a region-wide public health training needs assessment. The assessment identified the training interests and needs of public health practitioners in the six-state region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Prior to contracting with NWCPHP, the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials (CHLO) to plan for a statewide assessment that would have strong participation at the local level. NWCPHP conducted an online survey as well as 20 key informant interviews with senior leadership in the Oregon Health Authority and CHLO. The findings are now being used to create a workforce development plan. This plan will measure staff growth and achievement, enable the public health workforce to meet community needs, and improve the health of Oregon residents by better preparing the workforce.

“The results of the workforce needs assessment conducted in partnership with CHLO and NWCPHP will guide our work to develop a system-wide workforce development plan that will serve the current and future needs of Oregon's public health workforce," says Danna Drum, Performance Management Program Manager at the Oregon Health Authority.

If you are with a public health organization that is applying for national accreditation, please contact us to see if we can be of assistance as your organization assesses its workforce training needs. Simply submit an evaluation request form, and we will follow up with you.

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