In spring and fall of 2000, 109 community health professionals participated in “Public Health Data: Our Silent Partner,” a training program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The two-day training was offered four times in different locations in New York State in response to local health departments and community partners identifying a need for data analysis training. Participants completed evaluations during the training, and they were surveyed within a year of completing the training. This article discusses the impact of the training and suggests ways to increase the value of the training.
Community Health Information Specialist, Assessment Initiative, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York. (Irani)
Project Director, Assessment Initiative, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York. (Byrne)
Principal Investigator, Assessment Initiative, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York. (Medvesky)
Director of Continuing Education at the University at Albany School of Public Health, Rensselaer, New York. (Young)
Research Associate Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health, Rensselaer, New York. (Waltz)
The authors wish to thank Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Assessment Initiative for their assistance and support; community health professionals who took the training, and the time to respond to the survey; the staff with New York Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), state Turning Point Initiative, staff of New York State agencies who assisted with recruiting participants; and Kenneth Keppel, PhD, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) for his help.