Exploration of Factors that Influence Workforce Development Needs for a Local Public Health Department

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Health disparities cause a significantly impact public health employees. Some public health employees have a better understanding of why health disparities exist and are interested in reducing them. It is important that public health staff work together in order to understand why disparities occur. The Improved Health for All discussion series helped determine if public health employees had an interest in addressing health disparities. The discussion series took place at a local public health training session during the sixth and final module. The IHA intervention was designed to educate the staff on the relationship between inequities and health disparities Participants were asked to participate by taking a survey, which measured their behavioral intentions on health disparities and length of employment and the completion of formal public health training. The study used a retrospective pretest design to collect pretest and posttest data from staff at a local health department. In this study, a partial correlation was calculated to determine if length of employment influenced public health employees’ behavioral intentions. This was conducted after controlling for pretest responses, which showed that there was no significant relationship between length of employment and behavioral intention. An Independent Samples t-test was conducted to determine if there was an association between employee age and completion of formal public health training. The results showed that there was a statistically significant difference in age and formal public health training.
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Public Health
Public Health, Health Education