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Public Health Reports: Prioritizing Workforce Development Training in State Health Departments Using TRAIN: Challenges and Opportunities

In a recent study in Public Health Reports, Dr. Magali Angeloni of Rhode Island Department of Health, Mr. Ron Bialek of Public Health Foundation, Dr. Michael P. Petros of University of Chicago, and Dr. Michael C. Fagen of Feinberg School of Medicine obtained data on the present-day status of public health workforce training and the use of a public health learning management platform called Training Finder Real-Time Affiliate Network (TRAIN) in state health departments, and used this data to help identify issues with and improve training. In 2014, structured interviews were conducted with TRAIN administrators and performance improvement managers from 7 state health departments who used TRAIN. Key organizational features were determined from these 7 agencies. Four common elements were identified among TRAIN-affiliated state health departments. The authors concluded that state health departments could begin addressing training barriers by hiring a training director, assigning responsibility for agency-wide training, and allocating a budget. This training director could establish minimum training standards policy and require that TRAIN be used to deliver all training.

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