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Assessing Training Needs and Competency Gaps in Food Protection Staff

Abstract

This study assessed the training needs and knowledge gaps across five competency domains among the food protection staff of the Cincinnati Health Department. The five overarching competency domains assessed included 1) scientific knowledge; 2) foodborne illness knowledge, rules, and regulations; 3) temperature and storage; 4) inspection equipment; and 5) communication. A full network workforce assessment was conducted in a 3-year prospective longitudinal study design. Key findings show that competency areas identified as needing attention improved over time. The domain that consistently showed the highest percentage of workforce needing improvement was foodborne illness knowledge, rules, and regulations.

Speaker / Author: 
William A. Mase, MA, MPH, DrPH, Department of Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
Bobbie Jo Newell, MEd, Department of Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
H. Pamela Pagano, MPH, DrPH, CPH, Department of Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
Jessica Arrazola, MPH, DrPH, CHES, Department of Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
Month Year: 
November 2017
Volume#: 
80.4
Page #: 
30-35
Publication Month: 
November 2017
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