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Council on Linkages Update - January 2013

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Topic: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Author: Kathleen Amos

Date: 1/30/2013

Council on Linkages Update - 
January 2013



Below is the Council on Linkages Update for January 2013. Please feel free to use all or part(s) of this update in your organization's newsletter or other communications.
Looking Ahead at 2013

2013 is shaping up to be another busy year for the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages). In addition to conference call and in-person Council on Linkages meetings early in the year, work will continue on many Council on Linkages initiatives, including the Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community, the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), and the Public Health Workforce Development Inventory initiative. Through all of these efforts, numerous opportunities exist for public health practitioners, educators, researchers, and others to get involved with the Council on Linkages.

AHD Learning Community
Efforts to grow and enhance the AHD Learning Community will continue this year, focusing on how to best support members in developing, maintaining, and expanding AHD partnerships and to sustain engagement and learning within the community. Meetings will be held throughout the year, and the Learning Community will be exploring the use of smaller groups to more specifically target topics of interest to members. New ideas for resource development and discussion will be pursued as well. Join the AHD Learning Community and participate in any of its activities by contacting Kathleen Amos at 

Core Competencies
In addition to tool development and refinement, 2013 brings the start of efforts to revise the Core Competencies. Information will be gathered that will help the Council on Linkages determine whether revisions are needed to keep the Core Competencies relevant and provide a foundation for the possible revisions to follow. Throughout this process, public health professionals will have multiple opportunities to voice their opinions. Professionals can also make a more sustained contribution to Core Competencies activities by joining the Core Competencies Workgroup. To join, email Kathleen Amos at 

Public Health Workforce Development Inventory
Information gathering about workforce development plans and activities in the field of public health is expected to continue as Council on Linkages member organizations refine and supplement the information provided to date. All of the information collected will be considered together to lay the groundwork for more strategically advancing public health workforce development in this country. For additional information about this initiative, please contact Kathleen Amos at 

In addition to engaging with these projects, there are many other ways to connect with the Council on Linkages. Keep track of and participate in major happenings by reading the Council on Linkages Update, visiting the Council on Linkages website, following Council on Linkages news articles and blog posts, connecting with the Council on Linkages on Twitter, attending Council on Linkages meetings, or sharing your questions and ideas with Council on Linkages staff by emailing Kathleen Amos at Hope to hear from you in 2013!
Final Call for Community Guide Contest Entries

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 (The Community Guide). The Public Health Foundation is pleased to continue promotion of The Community Guide through various mechanisms, including the third year of the "I'm Your Community Guide!" Contest. This contest invites health departments, academic institutions, and others to submit their success stories of how The Community Guide has been used to help build healthier communities. Entries for the 2013 "I'm Your Community Guide!" Contest must be received by January 31, 2013. If you have any questions about this contest, please visit the 2013 "I'm Your Community Guide!" Contest webpage or email Edward Kyle at
Deadline Approaching to Submit Abstracts for ASPH-Sponsored Academic Public Health Caucus

The Academic Public Health Caucus, sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster sessions for the 2013 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. The caucus provides a forum to showcase and learn about innovations and excellence in education, training, and academic research not only from public health academicians, but also from practitioners within public health institutions (e.g., federal, state, regional, local, private sector, or non-profit organizations) that administer or participate in academic/practice partnerships. Abstracts are being solicited for the following topic areas: Best Practices in Global Public Health Education, Interprofessional Education for Public Health, Linking Public Health Teaching and Research, Innovations in Public Health Teaching, and Linking Public Health Teaching and Practice. To view the full Call for Abstracts, please click here. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 4, 2013.

Please help ASPH spread the word about the Call for Abstracts for the Academic Public Health Caucus by sharing this announcement with academic and practice colleagues and partners. For more information about the Academic Public Health Caucus, please contact Ms. Rachel Eisenstein, ASPH Program Manager, at
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.  
Questions and comments may be emailed to Council on Linkages Project Manager 
Kathleen Amos at  
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Council on Linkages Update - January 2013