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Orange County (FL) Health Department was able to train 82% of health department staff on the health effects of climate change. Before and after training staff on this issue, an assessment was given to determine gains in knowledge accomplished through the training.
The pre-training test was given to obtain a knowledge baseline for the staff and a post-training test was then given to record the effectiveness of the training. A 7% improvement of staff competency regarding knowledge of possible health effects associated with climate change was noted after reviewing the pre-training and post-training tests. Knowledge gaps were also identified through this process, including the need for training on emerging infectious diseases and the threat that they pose.
The training that is associated with these assessments can also be found in the NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit.
By Mona Mena
Orange County Florida developed pre and post tests for climate change education the conducted for their health department staff. These pre and pos tests can be used and/or modified for health department staff training.