I’ve recently worked with two diverse sections of the workforce (senior living and public health), with curricula focusing on management skills, and also on hot topic responding to critical needs. As professions respond to rapid economic, structural and cultural changes, organizations have to find ways for their workforce to adapt. Training is often a critical support of change.
My current portfolio of training includes multiple projects in the six New England states, as well as collaboration with the national Public Health Learning Network, where we convene to improve quality practices and are working on an ambitious learning navigation tool and content strategy. The workforce we train protects our the daily life we enjoy (buildings, food, recreational areas, water) and are the hidden responders in man made and natural emergency events (vector borne illnesses, disease monitoring, community and health center preparedness).
I’ve taken one of NEPHTC’s excellent products, the Managing Effectively in Today’s Public Health Environment, and worked on spreading it both to improve the skills in the field, and to use grant resources more effectively. Replication and sustainability is crucial in today’s training environment. Getting attention for a good training product involves making the content easily adaptable by other training organizations, marketing, applying for awards, and for our organization, publishing an academic article.