This descriptive study describes the development of a public health training institute through statewide public health improvement planning. Efforts to design workforce development strategies in a rural setting with a decentralized state public health system are portrayed. Significant lessons learned in developing the training institute and other workforce development strategies are outlined.
State Turning Point Coordinator, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, in Helena, Montana. (Reynolds)
Health Officer, Missoula City-County Health Department, in Missoula, Montana. (Leahy)
The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the important contributions of Montana's local and state public health leaders who collaborated closely during the public health improvement process. Special thanks to their partners at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the national and state Turning Point programs for their invaluable assistance in this important work. Also, the authors are most appreciative to Beth Metzgar, Judith Yarrow, and Jane Smilie for their editorial assistance.