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Council on Linkages Update - April 2015

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Topic: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Author: Kathleen Amos

Date: 4/29/2015

Council on Linkages Update
 April 2015
Below is the Council on Linkages Update for April 2015. Please feel free to use all or part(s) of this update in your organization's newsletter or other communications.
Exploring Population Health with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
Are there important skills common to both public health and healthcare? The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) feature prominently in a new exploration into this question by the Public Health Foundation and the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI). During a special forum at ACHI's 2015 National Conference, participants identified competencies within the Core Competencies most relevant to hospital needs related to population health. These essential population health competencies included areas such as partner collaboration, evidence-based decision making, and strategic planning, and set the stage for further discussion about possible connections between public health competencies and population health. Visit PHF, ACHI Exploring Population Health Competencies on the PHF Pulse Blog to learn more and add your own thoughts. 
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals Resources Updated  
Resources to assist public health organizations and professionals with integrating the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) into workforce development efforts continue to be updated. New job descriptions and workforce development plans that incorporate the Core Competencies have been added to the collections available online, and these webpages have been updated to highlight resources from health departments that have achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. In addition, the archives of three webinars introducing the 2014 version of the Core Competencies held in collaboration with the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health are now available through TRAIN as well as on the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice website. These archives can be accessed as Courses 1055597, 1055586, and 1055600, respectively. Please continue to share Core Competencies resources you have developed and help to strengthen workforce development for the public health community. Resources can be sent to Janelle Nichols at
Academic Health Department Learning Community Improving to Better Support Members  
Since its launch in 2011, the Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community has grown to more than 400 members, and several improvements are underway to better support member activities. Earlier this year, a Learning Community listserv was created, making it easier for Learning Community members to communicate about their AHD efforts. Through the listserv, members can now directly ask questions of and share information with the community as a whole. A second effort to build communication and relationships within the Learning Community, the AHD Mentorship Program, is expected to launch later this spring. Volunteer mentors with experience or expertise related to AHDs are currently being sought; once mentors have been identified, requests for mentorship will be accepted. The Learning Community also continues to seek AHD-related resources, such as examples of AHD partnership agreements or job descriptions for positions responsible for coordinating AHD activities, to add to those currently available online to help support the development, maintenance, and expansion of AHDs. For more information about any of these activities or to share resources you have developed, please contact Kathleen Amos at

Activities of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Questions and comments may be emailed to Council on Linkages Assistant Director Kathleen Amos at

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Council on Linkages Update - April 2015