4162.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Improving the Skills of the Public Health Workforce: The Health Agency Training Program in Biostatistics and Epidemiology

The need for training in biostatistics and epidemiology for public health personnel has been well established. The purpose of this session is to describe a two-phase continuing education program in biostatistics and epidemiology targeting state and local public health, mental health and Indian Health Service personnel in a seven-state region. Initially funded in 1991 by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the goal of the Health Agency Training program (HAT) in Biostatistics and Epidemiology was to enhance the ability of health agencies to collect data useful in setting local and state priorities and measuring progress toward the Year 2000 Objectives for the Nation. Since its inception, the HAT program has been a collaboration between an academic institution and state and local agencies. The HAT program has continued to adapt to the changing needs of public health professionals by incorporating distance technology and other methods to institutionalize the training. This session will discuss the development, implementation and evaluation of the training program. The session will highlight the experiences of the state partners with the HAT program, and provide an example of an innovative and effective training program
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Barbara R. Neas, PhD
2:30 PMAn Overview of the Health Agency Training Program
Barbara R. Neas, PhD, Laura A. Beebe, PhD, Nabih R. Asal, PhD
2:40 PMDevelopment of a Train-the-Trainer Model for Biostatistics and Epidemiology Courses
Mariana Chilton, MPH, Laura A. Beebe, PhD, Barbara R. Neas, PhD
2:50 PMEvaluation Methods and Results for the Health Agency Training Program
Laura A. Beebe, PhD, Barbara R. Neas, PhD
3:00 PMInstitutionalizing Biostatistics and Epidemiology Training through a Train-the-Trainer Model
Talmage Holmes, PhD, Kahef Ijaz, MD, Henry Miller, JD, MPH, Menager Henri, MD
3:10 PMThe Development of Satellite Presentations for Local Health Personnel: A State Health Department, School of Public Health, and Local Health Partnership
Addie Merkle, MA, Barbara R. Neas, PhD
Sponsor:Academic Public Health Caucus
Cosponsors:Epidemiology; Health Administration; Public Health Student Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA