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Formative Work

Center TRT uses a systematic training model to develop competency-based training for practitioners responsible for leading, implementing and sustaining obesity prevention programs.  Center TRT developed a set of core training competencies to tailor trainings and enhance the capacity of public health practitioners to build and sustain partnerships, promote policy change and engage communities in creating environments that support healthy eating and active living.

In the spring of 2006, Center TRT developed a comprehensive list of training competencies specific to state-level public health practitioners working in obesity and other chronic disease prevention programs. Consulting with a team of national experts in the field of public health training and curriculum development, Center TRT identified and adapted 45 competencies in eight domain areas from nationally recognized source documents including:  the Health Resources and Services Administration Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, the 2006 Association of Schools of Public Health MPH Core Competency Development Project (HRSA), and the American Dietetic Association Guidelines for Community Nutrition Supervised Experiences.

With guidance from the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Center TRT revised and expanded its training competencies in 2010 to include a ninth domain area focused on evaluation.  Click here for a complete list of the Center TRT Training Competencies. 

Center TRT uses this set of core competencies to conduct training needs assessments (2006 and 2010) which continue to provide the foundation for the design, implementation and evaluation of its competency-based training program. The purpose of the on-going training needs assessment is to provide a systematic approach to identify the training needs of practitioners and to serve as baseline information to monitor skill development in program staff trained by Center TRT. The results of the initial assessments along with on-going assessments, training evaluation results, and input from a key-stakeholders advisory committee continue to inform the development of Center TRT training activities.