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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
5174.0: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #117930

Comparison of Home Visitor and Supervisor Perceptions of Worker Competence Post Training

Darlene Shearer, DrPH, The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, University of South Florida, 3111 East Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613-4660, (813) 974-8325, dshearer@hsc.usf.edu and Janis A. Prince, PhD, MMFT, Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, University of South Florida, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612-3805.

Many MCH programs that employ paraprofessionals or non-degreed staff as home visitors invest considerable resources to train their staff. The content and amount of training varies widely among service providers. In spite of this investment, service providers and home visitors have differing views regarding the usefulness and effectiveness of training. This presentation will describe evaluation findings and experiences of the Maternal and Child Services Workforce Development Program (MCSWFD), a 15 month, 21-credit-hour Applied Technical Diploma program designed to enable workers to earn credits toward an associate degree in a community college setting. One component of the MCSWFD program evaluation measured levels of confidence related to MCH-specific competencies. The confidence measure was given to workers in the training program at three points before training, mid point, and post-training. As might be expected, the levels of confidence increased over time. Responses of students were also compared with those of a comparison group of non-participant workers with mixed results. Both the student group and comparison workers were rated by their supervisors using the same measures across time. Presenters will discuss the implications of the evaluation findings for traditional staff development practices in home visiting programs and propose ways in which training could be enhanced and more effective for non-degreed home visitor learners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this session the participant will

    Keywords: Training, Home Visiting

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:

    I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commertial supporters WITH THE EXCEPTION OF serving as principal investigator for this grant.

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    Enhancing Interactions In A Home Visiting Environment

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