Creating a Learning Agenda for Systems Change: A Toolkit for Building an Adaptive Public Health Workforce (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
60 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

07 Jun 2022



 Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on February 2, 2021.

Training Overview

Many complex and systemic challenges such as racism, the opioid crisis and mental health stand at the root of community health issues. These are challenges that no individual can address alone, and no single solution or intervention will solve. Therefore, the public health workforce needs to have the knowledge and skills to respond adaptively and to engage in multi-sector collaborations and multi-level interventions. Existing public health workforce development models, however, largely address gaps in specific skills or content areas of individual learners and individual competencies.

The Public Health Learning Network (PHLN) has developed the Learning Agenda Toolkit to help the public health workforce develop a coordinated system of effective, efficient and quality learning to address complex challenges. The Creating a Learning Agenda for Systems Change: A Toolkit for Building an Adaptive Public Health Workforce includes a conceptual Learning Framework, Rapid Assessment Tool, Discussion Guide, and Learning Approach Planning Tool to help public health leaders and workforce development specialists build a robust Learning Agenda and achieve their vision of systems change. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the Learning Agenda Toolkit and how different Learning Approaches – implemented over time – can be used to build collective competency to address community challenges. The session will also include a discussion of some ways that public health leaders might use the Learning Framework and tools to better align Learning Opportunities to address their communities’ challenges.

To download your copy of the Learning Agenda Toolkit, please go to

This recording is approximately 60 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

CERTIFICATE:  The course contains two modules: a module to access the webinar and an evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

About the Trainers

This webinar will be co-presented by Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH and Karla Todd Barrett, MBA, MSMDr. Welter is a policy practitioner, visionary leader, and practice-based researcher committed to helping organizations and their partners co-create equity-focused systems change. Among many roles, she is the Director of the DrPH in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Ms. Todd Barrett is the Senior Program Manager and Training Specialist at the Boston University School of Public Health.  She manages overall operations and partnerships for the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC), including training delivery and development, data analysis, and governance. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how different community challenges need different learning approaches
  • Describe how you might use the Learning Agenda Toolkit in your leadership, management or learning practice to pursue systems change
  • Articulate next steps for the Learning Agenda Toolkit and opportunities to participate in feedback


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Creating a Learning Agenda for Systems Change: A Toolkit for Building an Adaptive Public Health Workforce (On-demand webinar)
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