Training Texas Public Health Professionals and Professionals-In-Training in Genomics
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PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of genomics training workshops for public health professionals and professionals-in-training. DESIGN: A pre- and post-test evaluation design with 3-month follow-up. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Thirteen genomics training workshops were delivered across Texas to 377 public health professionals and professionals-in-training (66.7% were ethnic minorities). INTERVENTION: Three-hour theory-based, face-to-face genomics training workshops focusing on family health history practice were delivered. METHODS: We administered surveys prior to the workshops, immediately post-workshops, and at 3-month follow-up to examine the changes in participants' knowledge, attitudes, intention, self-efficacy, and behavior in adopting genomics into public health practice. Linear mixed modeling analyses were used to analyze the quantitative survey data. A content analysis was also conducted for qualitative survey data analysis. RESULTS: Genomics practice significantly improved among public health professionals at 3-month follow-up (P < .01). For all participants, knowledge, attitudes, intention, and self-efficacy scores increased significantly immediately post-workshop compared to the pre-workshop scores (all Ps < .01). Knowledge and attitudes scores at the 3-month follow-up remained significantly higher than those scores at the pre-workshop (all Ps < .01). The feedback from workshop participants was positive. CONCLUSION: Our genomics training workshop is an effective program that can be disseminated at a national level to establish genomic competencies among public health professionals and professionals-in-training in the United States.
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Chen, L., Yeh, Y., Goodson, P., Zhao, S., Jung, E., Muenzenberger, A., Kwok, O., & Ma, P.
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Chen, Lei-Shih||Yeh, Yu-Lyu||Goodson, Patricia||Zhao, Shixi||Jung, Eunju||Muenzenberger, Amber||Kwok, Oi-Man||Ma, Ping