Office of Training & Workforce Development (OTWD)
The Division of Public Health's Office of Training and Workforce Development (OTWD) has as its mission to assure a competent public health workforce for the state of Georgia. As public health professionals face new challenges in the 21st century, including bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases, it is imperative to ensure that the public health workforce is prepared and functions at an advanced level of competence. By taking action to train the workforce in the critical skills of public health and pursuing our goals, we can directly improve Georgia's public health infrastructure.
The Office of Training and Workforce Development will work towards its mission by accomplishing the following goals:
- Design and implement a training system for the Division of Public Health
- Develop a public health training infrastructure for the Division of Public Health
- Develop, implement, and evaluate needed training programs
- Participate in the national workforce development agenda
To build an effective statewide training plan, the OTWD is conducting a statewide training needs assessment to assess the learning needs of Georgia's public health staff. In collaboration with Emory University the OTWD offers the Georgia Training and Resource Inventory Network (G-TRAIN) that allows Georgia's public health staff to access training and resources related to public health, bioterrorism, and other public health related emergencies. Understanding the need to reach learners across the state the OTWD is developing a statewide distance learning system that will allow staff to access information in a variety of formats.
An effective public health infrastructure requires skilled staff members at both the state and district levels. The OTWD is committed to building this infrastructure through its work with the District Training Coordinators and the establishment of a statewide Public Health Training and Advisory Committee (PHATC). The District Training Coordinators serve as our first line resource at the district level to coordinate and deliver training around bioterrorism, emergency preparedness and workforce development. The PHATC will consist of public health staff from across the state both from the academic and practice communities to advise the OTWD as it implements its training initiatives.
Our office develops, implements, and evaluates a variety of training programs done in collaboration with our district training coordinators, content experts, HRSA, CDC, and other local and state groups. Some examples of programs include:
- Incident Command Systems Training
- Public Health Assessment and Surveillance Team Training
- Special Needs Population Shelters
- Leadership Development Program
- Strategic National Stockpile
- Basics of Public Health in Georgia
- Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Bio-Terrorism Preparedness
- Chemical Terrorism Awareness
- Emergency Preparedness Training Catalog
This training catalog provides Acute Care Hospitals, Community Health Centers and EMS agencies with a comprehensive collection of information on free emergency preparedness training and courses available to them through the Georgia Department of Public Health HRSA Grant. It also contains other emergency preparedness training and courses provided by the State, FEMA, the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) and other agencies. The catalog consist of detailed information including, registration forms, schedules, course descriptions, CEUs, agendas, training announcements, training locations, travel reimbursement forms and other supporting documents. The catalog will be updated and a new edition released every month.
NOTE: You can go directly to a page in the catalog by clicking on a link in the Bookmarks or the Table of Contents. To print a page or a registration form, select "Print Current Page" so not to print the entire catalog.
- Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness
- Distance Learning National Coordinators Group
- Public Health Leadership Training Institutes