229465 TRAIN: An innovative approach to public health education

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM

Lois Banks, BA,, MDiv, DMin , TRAIN Director, Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through innovative research, training, and technical assistance. TRAIN, an electronic learning management system, was developed by PHF in 2003 in response to state requests for training that would efficiently prepare workers and track training for emergencies. Made possible through collaborative partnerships, this evolving solution ensures access to high quality education and training and enables users the ability to share valuable educational resources over an online platform. TRAIN also provides tools to manage and track learner participation and performance improvement while enabling resources and knowledge to be shared.

TRAIN not only supports the immediate needs of states and national organizations to prepare the current public health, healthcare, and first responder workforces to respond to terrorism and other disasters, but TRAIN can also be utilized as a recruitment tool to motivate potential future public health workers.

This session will discuss how TRAIN allows users to access over 15,000 public health courses, track learning and maintain personal educational records, and how it can be utilized as a recruitment tool for the future public health workforce.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate the role of TRAIN in allowing access to quality education. 2. Identify the importance of sharing education across an online platform (learning management system).

Keywords: Public Health Careers, Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Director of TRAIN (the learning managment system used for this project) for over three years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.