In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, three workforce development specialists share their tips for assessing staff training needs and implementing training plans.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the benefits of completing a training needs assessment
  • Identify different ways to collect data for use in workforce development
  • Describe how a targeted training needs assessment can benefit program planning
  • Recognize the potential for a workforce development plan, beyond meeting accreditation requirements

Intended Audience

Local, state, and tribal public health leaders and managers


Luann D’Ambrosio, MEd, Associate Director, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Tina Abbott, MSW, Interim Human Resource Service Delivery Manager, Public Health - Seattle & King County

Cindy Gleason, BS, Countermeasures and Training Section Manager for the Emergency Preparedness Program, Washington State Department of Health

Discussion Questions

These questions are designed to further your thinking on the topic covered in this webinar. You may print and discuss them with colleagues and other members of your organization before or after watching this webinar.

  1. What is the best way to identify employee confidence level and need for training in a given topic?
  2. Does our agency have a workforce development plan?
Blackboard reading: Workforce training plan: Survey, Analyze, Implement
Air Date: 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Accreditation & Quality Improvement
Leadership & Management
Program Planning & Evaluation
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills