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AKEN: Rhonda Johnson: Health Workforce Training Needs - Part Three
31 Dec 2013 11:23 AM
KEY FINDINGS FROM ALASKA
The workforce training survey conducted by Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) discussed many results. Here are highlights of the key findings:
• Supervisors reported the most interest in having the people they supervise attend training programs focused on performance management, evidence-based public health, and public health management.
• Almost all respondents indicated that skills in communication and cultural competency, and analytic/assessment were most important to their jobs. Systems thinking was also indicated as being of high importance to the jobs of all respondents.
• Skills in leadership, management, systems thinking, and analytic/assessment were important to supervisors’ jobs.
• The domains non-supervisors identified as being of moderate/high importance to their job are community dimensions of practice, systems thinking, analytic/assessment and program planning.
• Supervisors indicated a higher need for training in management, systems thinking, analytic/assessment and cultural competency.
• Non-supervisors indicated a higher need for training in communication, analytic/assessment and community dimensions of practice.
• Webinar presentations and distance education were the preferred training formats.
• Webinar presentations and computer-based training were the preferred forms of distance training.
• Respondents indicated that Twitter and blogs were the forms of social media of highest training need. Training in Facebook and LinkedIn followed closely.
• Respondents prefer email as a means to receive information about training.
An Executive Summary Brief for the entire Regional Training Needs Assessment (including but not limited to Alaska) is available at
If you are interested in learning more about the Alaska Training Needs Report or the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, please feel free to contact me at
Link to part one: Introduction and Methods and part two Description of Respondents: