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Workforce development at the Allegheny County Health Department: Identifying training priorities through self-assessment

Landen, Alyssa (2014) Workforce development at the Allegheny County Health Department: Identifying training priorities through self-assessment. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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A competent and skilled public health workforce is crucial in delivering the ten essential services of public health. Recognizing this, the Public Health Accreditation Board has incorporated workforce development and training into its national accreditation standards for State, Local, and Tribal Health Departments. Currently, the Allegheny County Health Department is in the pre-application phase of accreditation. Achieving accreditation status will ensure that the health department maintains standards related to population health. In June 2014, the Allegheny County Health Department administered a self-assessment of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals to its entire workforce to identify the training needs of the staff. The results of the survey will provide important, baseline data upon which a workforce development and training plan can be developed in accordance with accreditation standards. Through initial analysis of the assessment, it is recommended that the Allegheny County Health Department focus its efforts on public health policy, cultural competency, and the identification of community stakeholders. In addition, deputy directors and department managers will review assessment data relevant to their staff and identify trainings that can support the achievement of program-specific goals. Developing a training plan that supports the diversity of programs at Allegheny County Health Department will be a challenge; however, utilizing this type of evidence-based approach will best prepare its workforce to address current and future public health issues.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Landen, AlyssaALL134@pitt.eduALL134
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduGBARRONUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberVoorhees, Ronaldrev12@pitt.eduREV12UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSokol, Jamiejsokol@achd.netUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 4 December 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 18:58
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2021 10:55


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