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Table 5 Summary of public health workers indicating a need for training

From: Considerations for increasing the competences and capacities of the public health workforce: assessing the training needs of public health workers in Texas

Job category Mean SD Essential public health function
WIC/Nutritionist (N = 104) 3.06 1.14 Inform, educate and empower people about health issues
Nurses (N = 271) 3.05 1.22 Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  3.15 1.20 Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  3.13 1.21 Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  3.10 1.23 Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Sanitarians (N = 256) 3.53 1.15 Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  3.05 1.21 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
Animal and Vector Control (N = 59) 3.23 1.37 Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  3.08 1.35 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
Health Educators (N = 34) 3.05 1.47 Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based services
  3.03 1.09 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  3.01 1.18 Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  3.01 1.27 Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
Biostatisticians and Epidemiologists (N = 57) 3.07 1.10 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
Administrators at TDSHS (N = 91) 3.08 1.20 Ensure a competent workforce
Administrators at local health departments (N = 49) 3.14 1.22 Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  3.13 1.19 Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  3.05 1.20 Ensure a competent workforce