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Topic Collection: Training and Workforce Development

An educated workforce is a prepared workforce, and a prepared workforce is critical to all-hazards disaster response. The resources in this Topic Collection include promising practices, evaluations, and overviews of training and workforce development programs specific to healthcare practitioners.

This ASPR TRACIE Topic Collection is in the process of being developed and comprehensively reviewed. If you have resources to recommend for inclusion in this Topic Collection, specifically illustrative examples, plans, tools or templates, please email your recommendations to askasprtracie@hhs.gov.

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Day, A., Laing, S., Blackinton, P., et al. (2008). Final Report: Outcome Evaluation of Project Public Health Ready Year 1. National Association of County and City Health Officials.

The authors share the results of an evaluation of Project Public Health Ready, a voluntary program that helps local public health agencies increase emergency preparedness and response. One of the program's three components is competency-based training and workforce development.
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Miller, J., Rambeck, J., and Snyder, A. (2014). Improving Emergency Preparedness System Readiness through Simulation and Interprofessional Education. Public Health Reports. 129 Suppl 4: 129-135.

The authors developed and tested a 10-hour simulation-focused interprofessional curriculum for health professions students to “(1) test the effectiveness of specific immersive simulations, (2) create reliable assessment tools for emergency response and team communication skills, and (3) assess participants' retention and transfer of skills over time.” They include details of the curriculum and evaluation methodology, as well as results of knowledge tests and qualitative evaluations, conducted immediately after the course, and again 6-12 months post-course.
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Sobelson, R. and Young, A. (2013). Evaluation of a Federally Funded Workforce Development Program: The Centers for Public Health Preparedness. (Abstract only.) Evaluation and Program Planning. 37:50-7.

The evaluation of the Centers for Public Health Preparedness Program found positive growth in development of new training products, training members of the public health workforce, and expansion of partnerships between accredited schools of public health and state and local public health departments.
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Subbarao, I., Lyznicki, J., Hsu, E., et al. (2008). A Consensus-based Educational Framework and Competency Set for the Discipline of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2:57-58.

The American Medical Association Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response convened an expert working group in 2007 to review published literature, after-action reports from Hurricane Katrina, and related resources to achieve consensus on a set of competencies and related educational framework educators could use when creating lessons for health professionals. The group identified 7 core learning domains, 19 core competencies, and 73 specific competencies targeted at 3 broad health personnel categories.
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Veenema, T. (2006). Expanding Educational Opportunities in Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness for Nurses. (Abstract only.) Nursing Education Perspectives. 27(2): 93-99.

The author of this article examines how opportunities for disaster workforce development are growing for nurses.
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