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Workforce Development Plans

A workforce development plan is essential for optimal organizational performance.

Workforce Development Plans

A workforce development plan is essential for optimal organizational performance. Having a plan in place helps organizations ensure that workforce needs are understood and that training opportunities adequately address those needs.

For more information about workforce development plans, see the selection of tools, templates, trainings, and examples below.

Toolkits and Templates
ASTHO Workforce Development Plan Toolkit
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Workforce Development Plan Toolkit is a thorough resource and a great starting place for assembling a workforce development plan.

PHAB Standards and Measures
Public Health Accreditation Board Standard 8.2 outlines the workforce development plan requirements necessary to become an accredited public health department. Domain 8.2 also highlights the following training needs regarding workforce development plans. Targeting trainings in these areas can help address gaps in workforce knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • areas where technology advances quickly such as information management and (digital) communication science
  • areas where the field is advancing (emergency preparedness training, health equity, and cultural competence)

Ohio State University Template and User Guide
Ohio State University’s Center for Public Health Practice offers a workforce development plan template as well as a user guide that provide a solid structure for an organizational plan.

Training
Ohio State Online Course: Addressing Workforce Development in Your Agency
This free 30-minute course is full of strategies and resources to help public health professionals approach workforce development at a variety of organizations.

Public Health Foundation Workshop: Developing a Workforce Development Plan
The Public Health Foundation offers a one-day, in-person workshop facilitated at your organization.

Workforce Development Plans for PHAB Accredited Health Departments

Competency-based Job Descriptions
Public Health Foundation Competency-based Job Descriptions
The Public Health Foundation offers many examples of competency-based job descriptions.

Ohio State University Center for Public Health Practice QI and Competency-based Job Descriptions and Templates
Ohio State University’s Center for Public Health Practice has a variety of tools and templates for supporting public health accreditation.