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Factors related to perceived training needs among a hispanic public health workforce

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Elvis Santiago Sr., Department of Administration, University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health, Health Services Administration Department, San Juan, PR
Ruth Rios-Motta, PhD, Graduate School of Public Health-Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
José A. Capriles, MD, MPH, MHSA, Department of Health Services Administration, University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Coralis Marrero, MS, Health Services Administration Department, Health Systems Evaluation Research Program, University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health, San Juan, PR
Background: Maintaining a highly trained, culturally sensitive public health workforce must include assessment of training needs and agile development of public health training opportunities. The Puerto Rico-Florida Public Health Training Center aims to fill this challenge for workforce development. Objectives: Identify predicting factors of public health competencies-based training needs among personnel of San Juan Department of Health (SJ-DOH) in Puerto Rico. Methods: A cross-sectional survey assessed demographic characteristics and information about public health experience and perceived training needs of employees (n=441; 48% response rate) from SJ-DOH. The questionnaire assessed training needs in 32 Public Health competencies (Council on Linkages). Logistic regression analyses were used to estimate the 95% confidence Prevalence Odds Ratio (POR). Results: Predicting factors varied by the Public Health competency domain assessed. Employees with master's level studies or higher were less likely of needing training in analytical skills (POR = 0.063, 95%CI: 0.014, 0.286), and communication competencies (POR = 0.065, 95%CI: 0.013, 0.319). Employees indicating advanced public health knowledge were less likely to need training in Policy Development / Program Planning (POR = 0.089, 95% CI: 0.015, 0.529), and Cultural Sensitivity (POR = 0.037, 95% CI: 0.004, 0.331). Those with poor computer literacy were more likely to need training in Policy Development / Program Planning (POR = 2.52, 95% CI: 1,025, 6,185). Conclusions: These findings show that strategies for workforce development must be tailored to trainees' characteristics such as public health knowledge, experience and computer literacy. A competent public health workforce is essential for a better performance.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Identify factors related to the public health training needs among Hispanic in Puerto Rico.

Keyword(s): Public Health Service, Hispanic

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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Any relevant financial relationships? No

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