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Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center

KAPHTC Hosts Emergenetics Workshop for Barren River District Health Department

On Friday, July 26th, 2013 over 180 employees with the Barren River District Health Department participated in an Emergenetics training hosted by the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health’s Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center (KAPHTC). Emergenetics is an innovative, results-oriented organizational solutions company specializing in analyzing, identifying and leveraging the way people think and behave. Emergenetics is a proven, accurate system to empower people to harness their optimal methods for thinking and action. Barren River District Health Department employees completed the 100 question Emergenetics profile assessment prior to the training and then at the training they received their results and learned how they can best use their results to have a better understanding of how they and others think and behave.

The Emergenetics training was facilitated by Cynthia Lamberth, M.P.H., CPH, of the KAPHTC and Georgia Heise, Dr.P.H., Director of the Three Rivers District Health Department. The training provided educational learning experiences along with interactive activities to help the employees understand their thinking and behavior preferences. The employees were divided into groups and encouraged to work together in various learning activities to get a better sense of how they interact and communicate with each other. Emergenetics training has proven to help organizations, just like the Barren River District Health Department, increase job satisfaction, develop the “perfect team,” solve problems creatively, manage change, enhance interpersonal communications, accelerate learning, increase productivity, develop leaders, value and maximize cognitive diversity, and understand clients and colleagues.

An Emergenetics training with this many people had only been performed a few times, but from the very beginning of the training, all employees from Barren River District Health Department were engaged and eager to learn. Numerous comments were made throughout the day on how excited they were about the training and how much they had learned about human behavior and the unique differences in the way people approach work and life. By the end of the Emergenetics training, Barren River District Health Department employees were able to understand their own and others’ communication styles to help build and optimize overall team performance. The Emergenetics training was extremely successful and the Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center was honored to have worked with such a great group of people.