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Training Needs Assessment at a Local Health Department

Benner, Morgan (2020) Training Needs Assessment at a Local Health Department. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Background: The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) consists of five bureaus and a public health laboratory and became a nationally accredited public health department in 2017. ACHD uses core competency assessments and training needs assessments to develop their workforce development plan. This essay serves as a case study of how ACHD assessed its workforce’s training needs and how it developed a Workforce Development Plan.
Methods: The 2019 training needs assessment was conducted through qualitative interviews with key administrators in all five bureaus over a three-month period. Results from the 2018 Core Competency Assessment as well as the 2017 Training needs Assessment were used to develop the interview questions. Topics covered in the interview included: program goals, priority skill areas, barriers to training, and preferred times for holding trainings. The results of the needs assessment were compared to the 2018 Core Competency Assessment and 2017 Training Needs Assessment to develop focus areas.
Results: Overall, 52 unique trainings were identified which covered six competency domains and 34 unique competencies. Trainings in the Communications, Financial Planning and Management, and Leadership and Systems Thinking Skill domains were identified as top priorities for all Allegheny County Health Department staff.
Public Health Relevance: Maintaining a skilled and qualified workforce is vital to the delivery of effective and relevant public health programs. As public health priorities change, the workforce must be able to adapt to meet the needs of the populations they serve. It is local public health that plays a vital role in protecting and promoting the health of communities across the nation. As such, the competence of its workforce has become increasingly important.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Benner, Morganmib81@pitt.eduMIB81
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, GeraldGBARRON@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMaseru, NobleNAM137@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberSokol, JamieJamie.Sokol@alleghenycounty.usUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2020
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 18:43
Last Modified: 01 May 2022 05:15

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