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Workforce Development and Training

NACCHO is committed to a competent workforce in local health departments (LHDs). NACCHO offers a variety of workshops and trainings, supports and promotes leadership development and core competency efforts, and engages in national policy discussions to address pressing public health workforce issues.


The Workforce Resource Center provides a list of helpful tools and information concerning the public health workforce.

In the Spotlight
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The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is an excellent tool to help LHD staff at all levels create and work towards specific learning goals to be completed in order to enhance individual and organizational performance. An LHD employee determines the activities and deadlines for each goal, as well as ways to measure attainment of skills and completion of learning tasks. The IDP is a living document which should be amended and altered as situations change. Successful completion of IDP goals may be fostered by guidance and support from supervisors and peer coaches. This IDP guide was adapted from a product created for the Survive and Thrive leadership development program. Questions or concerns about use of this guide may be addressed to surviveandthrive@naccho.orgMore »

2014 Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Now Available
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The 2014 version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) is now available. Following a yearlong review and revision process, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice recently released this updated version of the Core Competencies for use by public health practitioners, educators, and researchers. This set of foundational competencies builds on the 2010 version by adding and expanding concepts of increasing importance in a time of health reform and national health department accreditation, simplifying and clarifying the wording of competencies, and reordering competencies within domains to ensure a logical progression in the complexity of skills. A crosswalk of the 2014 and 2010 versions is also available to help with the transition to the new Core Competencies, as are additional resources and tools that support integration of the Core Competencies into workforce development efforts. As well, opportunities to learn more about the revisions are being planned, including a session at this fall’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. For more information, please visit phf.org/aboutcorecompetencies or contact Kathleen Amos at kamos@phf.org. More »

Explore NACCHO's Workforce Resource Center!

NACCHO’s Workforce Resource Center serves as a new hub for local health departments to access information and tools on topics relevant to the development of a more competent workforce. This new resource center offers tools and resources to learn more about the following:


  • Workforce-oriented accreditation prerequisites
  • Certifications and competencies for public health practitioners
  • Listing of partner resources
  • NACCHO’s workforce policy statements
  • NACCHO’s workforce publications 
  • Leadership development literature

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