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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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Today’s context for public health leadership is complex, rapidly evolving, and calls for new approaches to the development of leaders for today and the future. The National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) is an innovative approach to leadership development that brings together teams of leaders from multiple sectors to advance their leadership skills, build stronger collaborations, and move toward health equity in their communities. NLAPH is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a Center of the Public Health Institute (PHI).

Who is eligible to apply? 

Four leaders from different sectors (public, private, non-profit, other) are invited to apply as a team. Examples of multi-sector teams include a representative from the city public health office, an urban planner, a business representative, and a local non-profit leader. Each team must have one member from the local, state or regional public health department. 

When can my team apply? 

The application for the 2015 cohort is now available online at All applications must be submitted by November 25, 2014 by 5pm PST. The team selections will be announced by December 19th, with the one-year program beginning in January 2015. 
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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 or contact Kathleen Amos at More »

Individual Development Plan Guide
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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 


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