Mock Me! A guide to developing a first rate training tool on a second rate budget

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621846
Title:
Mock Me! A guide to developing a first rate training tool on a second rate budget
Authors:
Baxter, Galen
Abstract:
Background: Working closely with county Environmental Health Specialists through the Standardization Process, a critical need was identified. Assistance was needed in prioritizing inspections based on risk levels identified in restaurant kitchens during inspections. Additionally, more training was needed to help them identify other areas in food service establishments that require further assessment. Methods: Tight budget constraints prevented the purchase of expensive training equipment; however, with a little creativity and team work, a mock kitchen made entirely out of cardboard, tape and a couple of aluminum pans was created as a portable, hands-on training tool that could be easily transported around the state. Results: Overwhelming positive feedback was received from the districts that experienced training using the tool. Environmental Health Specialists suddenly had an opportunity to practice and apply what they had learned within a controlled environment and increase their confidence in assessing and prioritizing during inspections. Conclusions: Solutions to problems can sometimes be found using a very simple approach. A little bit of creativity and a willingness to literally “think outside the box” can go a long way in providing viable, alternative solutions to common roadblocks in government. The key to creating an effective training tool is to accurately identify training gaps in the intended audience.
Affiliation:
Georgia Department of Health
Publisher:
Georgia Public Health Association
Journal:
Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association
Issue Date:
2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621846
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
jGPHA Volume 7, Number 1

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBaxter, Galenen
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-09T20:44:21Z-
dc.date.available2018-07-09T20:44:21Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621846-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Working closely with county Environmental Health Specialists through the Standardization Process, a critical need was identified. Assistance was needed in prioritizing inspections based on risk levels identified in restaurant kitchens during inspections. Additionally, more training was needed to help them identify other areas in food service establishments that require further assessment. Methods: Tight budget constraints prevented the purchase of expensive training equipment; however, with a little creativity and team work, a mock kitchen made entirely out of cardboard, tape and a couple of aluminum pans was created as a portable, hands-on training tool that could be easily transported around the state. Results: Overwhelming positive feedback was received from the districts that experienced training using the tool. Environmental Health Specialists suddenly had an opportunity to practice and apply what they had learned within a controlled environment and increase their confidence in assessing and prioritizing during inspections. Conclusions: Solutions to problems can sometimes be found using a very simple approach. A little bit of creativity and a willingness to literally “think outside the box” can go a long way in providing viable, alternative solutions to common roadblocks in government. The key to creating an effective training tool is to accurately identify training gaps in the intended audience.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherGeorgia Public Health Associationen
dc.subjecthands-onen
dc.subjectbudgeten
dc.titleMock Me! A guide to developing a first rate training tool on a second rate budgeten
dc.typeOtheren
dc.contributor.departmentGeorgia Department of Healthen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Georgia Public Health Associationen
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