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Evaluating and implementing public health workforce development initiatives to improve competencies of infectious disease staff at a local health department

Summers, Lindsay (2019) Evaluating and implementing public health workforce development initiatives to improve competencies of infectious disease staff at a local health department. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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A competent public health workforce is vital for delivering and protecting the health of the public. As infectious diseases continue to pose a threat, a trained workforce is of public health significance to provide high quality services in infectious disease programs. Three main sources of data contribute to the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) workforce development plans: core competency assessments, prior training evaluations, and results from qualitative interviews with deputy directors, program managers, and key informants throughout the department (ACHD, 2018). Qualitative interviews were conducted over the span of three months in all Allegheny County Health Department programs and bureaus to identify training needs. Multiple workforce development initiatives like the Core Competency Assessment, training evaluations, and qualitative interviews are necessary because they provide three layers of data to identify top needs. Qualitative interviews are a main source of data and provide a comprehensive look at what skill gaps exist and where overlaps occur. Trainings in the Analytical/Assessment Core Competency domains were identified as top priorities for all ACHD staff. Infectious disease programs need to prioritize trainings in the Communication and Cultural Competency domains. Mastering basic skills will be important for all staff moving forward for maintaining public health accreditation and for infectious disease employees to address the needs of a diverse population.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Summers, LindsayLIS106@pitt.eduLIS106
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKrier, Sarahsek29@pitt.edusek29UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.edugbarronUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSokol, JamieJamie.Sokol@AlleghenyCounty.USUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 18 April 2019
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 47
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 15:34
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 15:34


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