The EDIC Method: An Engaging and Comprehensive Approach for Creating Health Department Workforce Development Plans

Brandon L. Grimm, Kathleen Brandert, David Palm, Colleen Svoboda

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In 2013, the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public Health (Nebraska’s State Health Department); and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health developed a comprehensive approach to assess workforce training needs. This article outlines the method used to assess the education and training needs of Division staff, and develop comprehensive workforce development plans to address those needs. The EDIC method (Engage, Develop, Identify, and Create) includes the following four phases: (1) Engage Stakeholders, (2) Develop Assessment, (3) Identify Training Needs, and (4) Create Development Plans. The EDIC method provided a process grounded in science and practice, allowed input, and produced buy-in from staff at all levels throughout the Division of Public Health. This type of process provides greater assurance that the most important gaps in skills and competencies will be identified. Although it is a comprehensive approach, it can be replicated at the state or local level across the country.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-695
Number of pages8
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017



  • focus groups
  • partnerships/coalitions, needs/assets assessment
  • program planning and evaluation
  • surveys
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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