Original ArticleMatching Documented Training Needs With Practical Capacity Lessons Learned From Project Public Health ReadyUden-Holman, Tanya PhD; Walkner, Laurie MA; Huse, Dan JD; Greene, Barry R. PhD; Gentsch, Dawn MPH; Atchison, Christopher G. MPA Author Information Tanya Uden-Holman, PhD, is Associate Dean and Associate Professor (Clinical), College of Public Health University of Iowa, Iowa City. Laurie Walkner, MA, is Grants Coordinator, Institute for Public Health Practice, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Dan Huse, JD, is MMRS/BT Coordinator and Emergency Response Coordinator, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln, Nebraska. Barry R. Greene, PhD, is Professor, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Dawn Gentsch, MPH, is Program Associate, Competency Development, Institute for Public Health Practice, University of Iowa, Des Moines. Christopher G. Atchison, MPA, is Associate Dean and Professor (Clinical), College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Corresponding author: Tanya Uden-Holman, PhD, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, E220-D GH, 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242 (e-mail: [email protected]). The authors thank the Iowa Department of Public Health, Cerro Gordo, Emmet, Linn, Marion, Poweshiek, Shelby, and Sioux county local public health departments in Iowa and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department in Lincoln, Nebraska, for their collaboration and assistance during the Project Public Health Ready process. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 11(6):p S106-S112, November 2005. Buy AbstractIn Brief The Upper Midwest offers a distinct environment for identifying and addressing threat and preparedness scenarios. The population is often scattered, with residents using urban centers periodically. This has also led to the challenge of providing specific skills and cross-disciplinary awareness and coordination to the public health community. The Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness was established by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assist in meeting the challenge of adding capacity to develop the preparedness workforce in the Upper Midwest. Project Public Health Ready (PPHR) provides an example of the role academic preparedness centers can play in partnering with local public health agencies to strengthen the public health workforce. The purpose of this article is to present the Iowa Systems Model for Workforce Development being utilized for workforce training and education, describe how the model has been applied in the example of PPHR, and discuss lessons learned from the PPHR experience. This study presents the Iowa Systems Model for Workforce Development that the UMCPHP is utilizing for training and education, describe how the model has been applied in the example of PPHR, and discuss lessons learned from the PPHR experience © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.