QI Tools for the Core Competencies are Now Available
A set of quality improvement (QI) tools is now available to aid public health organizations in using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
(Core Competencies). The 3-Step Competency Prioritization Sequence
consists of three tools – a radar chart, a prioritization matrix, and a matrix diagram – to help organizations decide where to focus their competency development efforts. The radar chart can be used to determine an organization’s current level of competence in each domain of the Core Competencies, while the prioritization matrix helps identify the Core Competencies domains that are most important to achieving an organization’s strategic goals. Results from the radar chart and prioritization matrix can be combined using the matrix diagram, allowing organizations to visualize areas of high priority in which competence is comparatively low. These QI tools can assist organizations in creating workforce development plans and can help focus limited time and other professional development resources in areas where they will be most beneficial to the organization. For questions or feedback, please contact Kathleen Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Competency Assessments Support Professional Development Efforts
for the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
allow individuals in positions from entry level to senior management to assess their knowledge and skill level for each of the competencies. In addition to reflecting on their own expertise, individuals can share and discuss their Competency Assessment results with peers, supervisors, or those they supervise. Receiving feedback from other professionals and considering their observations can help inform a more comprehensive professional development plan.
Completed Competency Assessments can now be saved to individual learning records in TRAIN
, the nation’s premier public health learning management system, for future reference. TRAIN can be searched by competency to pinpoint courses that address the competency gaps identified and help meet professional development needs. For questions or feedback, please contact Kathleen Amos at email@example.com
Draft Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training Document Available for Comment
The draft Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training
document containing strategies and methods to guide the training and evaluation process is available online for public review and comment. Developed by the Training Impact Task Force
, a group of experts in training and evaluation, the document is designed to assist trainers, public health organizations, and sponsors of training in providing high-quality training and continuing education within public health. These strategies and methods will be linked to relevant tools and references to help public health professionals implement the approaches identified.
Your feedback on whether the strategies and methods included in Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training
are useful for enhancing and evaluating training will help strengthen this guide to effective public health training. Are the strategies clear? Are key items missing? Do you know of great tools to help public health professionals improve their training efforts that should be included? Comments can be shared on the draft document webpage
or emailed to Kathleen Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org
"I'm Your Community Guide" Contest
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice
, through its work in reinforcing the value of evidence-based programs in public health, helped to build the foundation for the Guide to Community Preventive Services
(Community Guide). The Public Health Foundation is pleased to continue promotion of the Community Guide through various mechanisms, including the second year of the "I'm Your Community Guide" Contest. This contest invites health departments, academic institutions, and others to submit their success stories of Community Guide use to build healthier communities. If there is an opportunity to promote this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded initiative within your organization and offer your constituents and colleagues a chance to win recognition, please pass along the following information:
If you have any questions about this contest or know of other opportunities to spread the word, please email email@example.com
Activities of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration.