The content was the most valuable, but the format of online and in-person sessions was what made the course attendance possible for me.
Initial Scan of Online Trainings/Educational Opportunities
Conducted November-December 2014 for Region VIII
Before launching into the development of new online trainings/educational opportunities (e.g. courses, webinars, video-based peer learning opportunities using Zoom), the Region VIII Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) conducted a cursory scan of existing online educational opportunities with the goal of identifying and initial set of trainings that:
— Were relevant to the public health workforce of Region VIII —
— Were engaging and/or interactive —
— Were immediately available and easily accessible —
— Spanned a variety of public health topics —
— Addressed a gap in the RMPHTC offerings —
— Could be woven into other learning opportunities in the future —
The scan included a review of online trainings/educational opportunities available through:
— HRSA-funded Public Health Training Centers (37 previously-funded PHTCs) —
— Indian Health Services —
— TRAIN —
— CDC —
— Non Governmental Organizations (e.g. University of Kansas Community Tool Box) —
Online Trainings/educational opportunities t not considered, included those that were:
— Outdated —
— Similar to other trainings already selected or duplicative of RMPHTC trainings —
— Were not accessible due to challenges with online registration processes —
— Not regionally relevant —
— Not engaging or interactive —
It is important to note that this was a cursory scan conducted by RMPHTC staff. This scan was not intended to be comprehensive. There are a vast number of high quality online/web-based trainings available for the public health workforce. Not all trainings could be reviewed as a part of this scan.
Our Immediate Plan:
The RMPHTC will devote a portion of our website to existing online trainings/educational resources developed by others. This will provide immediate access to available online resources while others are being developed.
Our Hope for the Future:
One approach would be for this to become a Wiki-like training list that the National Coordinating Center and PHTCs could edit and use as a resource over time. Some thought will need to be given to the overlap with HRSA TRAIN. Perhaps this list could turn into a list of trainings developed by others (not PHTCs) that are relevant to the public health workforce, and are high quality and evidence-based.