Online Program

International Public Health Workforce: Who is Accessing Our Online Training Resources and What We Can Do to Help

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 12:56 p.m. - 1:09 p.m.

Ilya Plotkin, MA, TRAIN, Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC
Although different countries have different training priorities, the foundational knowledge that health workers need remains largely the same from place to place. Meanwhile, not all health agencies and country systems are equally equipped to consistently deliver education and training to its health workers. This gap, between what workers need and what they have access to, is really an opportunity for building connections around the world.

Online resources and training programs can be shared between health agencies, allowing each to build upon the workforce capacity building efforts of one another. One example of such a network is TRAIN, a service of Public Health Foundation that connects 29 health agencies in the United States, including federal-level partners the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Veterans Health Administration (VHA), to the global public health workforce. Collectively, agencies on TRAIN offer over 29,000 training opportunities developed by nearly 4,000 providers of training to over 900,000 health workers. Through this network, international public health professionals in nearly all 193 United Nations members were reached in 2014 at no cost to the health worker.

As online access, particularly broadband access, spreads, international health workers will seek and will need high-quality educational and training resources at an ever-increasing pace. Resources such as TRAIN, offering training at no cost, regardless of location, so long as they have internet access, are necessary to build global capacity. Over 60% of international health professionals accessing TRAIN first registered in the last two years alone. Making training available on a global scale fills a critical need.

This presentation will describe online training resources available to public health professionals and the health workers accessing them. The presentation will also include a demonstration showing how organizations can help contribute to available resources.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Administration, management, leadership
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify and compare online training resources available to international public health workers Describe data regarding international public health workforce using training resources Demonstrate opportunities to contribute to training content and resources already available

Keyword(s): Training, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in health workforce and capacity building for over seven years, largely on the project, which expands access to education and training for health professionals around the world. Many resources I support are online and I am responsible for analyzing the data from the site.
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.