Needs Assessment

An online survey of the governmental (state and local health department) workforce and the American Indian (tribal clinics, tribal departments and urban Indian clinic) workforce in Nebraska was conducted between March and June 2012.   The survey assessed the perceived importance, proficiency and interest in training in relation to the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.

View the Education and Training Needs Assessment Here.

Learn more about Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Here

The key findings from the needs assessment were:

  • Respondents identified cultural competency skills and communication skills as the two most important public health competency domains.
  • The greatest needs for training were in financial planning & management skills and analytical/assessment skills across all tiers.
  • Tier one participants were particularly interested in receiving training on cultural competency skills, while tiers two and three were most interested in training on leadership and systems thinking.
  • Respondents identified obesity, health disparities, physical activity, chronic diseases and diabetes as the top five public health topical areas.
  • Respondents also ranked program evaluation, team building, quality assessment, and advocacy and needs assessment skills as the five most important public health skill areas.