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Learn the Most Desired Public Health Skills in Our Region

The results from NWCPHP's 2013 regional public health training survey are now available. They can be used to create agency workforce development plans, prepare for accreditation, and maximize training dollars.

The results from NWCPHP’s regional public health training survey are now available. They can be used to create agency workforce development plans, prepare for accreditation, and maximize training dollars.

August 29, 2013

In early 2013, NWCPHP assessed the training interests and needs of more than 2,000 public health practitioners throughout the region. The results are now available and can be used by managers and supervisors to create agency workforce development plans, prepare for accreditation, and maximize training dollars.

Example Key Findings Include:

  • Supervisors and non-supervisors have different training needs, but both groups reported that skills in communication, leadership, and systems thinking are of high importance.
  • Respondents with supervisory responsibility want the people they supervise to attend training programs in evidence-based public health concepts, performance management techniques, and leadership.
  • Supervisors want training in management, systems thinking, leadership, and policy development.
  • Non-supervisors want training in analytics and assessment, communication, and cultural competency.

You can look at the reports to answer questions about many hot topics in public health. For instance, here’s what respondents said about social media:

  • Fifty-six percent of respondents said using social media would be important to their work in the coming years. Currently 42 percent of respondents said their organizations have policies prohibiting the use of social media on the job.
  • Roughly half of respondents said their department or program needs training on the business benefits of social networking tools and web applications for information sharing.
  • Respondents identified the highest need for more training on Twitter and blogs.

Luann D’Ambrosio, NWCPHP Associate Director, helped design the survey and analyze the findings. She comments, “These results give us important details about the region’s training priorities. We will use them to plan our future online and in-person offerings.”

An executive summary brief of the regional report is available on our website. NWCPHP also created individual reports for Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and tribal respondents. Contact Luann D’Ambrosio for information about the survey methods or to learn more about the results.

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