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Council on Linkages Update - March 2015

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Topic: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Author: Kathleen Amos

Date: 3/31/2015

Council on Linkages Update
March 2015
Below is the Council on Linkages Update for March 2015. Please feel free to use all or part(s) of this update in your organization's newsletter or other communications.
Are You Working in an Academic Health Department? 
The Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community wants to hear from you! The Learning Community is currently compiling a list of successful AHD partnerships - formal affiliations of health departments and academic institutions - to be highlighted on the Learning Community website. A preliminary list of AHDs has been drafted, and agreements used to formalize these partnerships are being collected to assist others interested in developing AHDs. To add your AHD partnership to the list or share resources related to your AHD, such as a link to your AHD's website or its partnership agreement, please contact Kathleen Amos at Watch for the list of AHD partnerships to appear on the AHD Learning Community website in the near future. 
Contribute to the Council on Linkages' Core Competencies Resources  
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) continues to develop and collect resources to support public health professionals and organizations in using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies). The latest resources added to the Council on Linkages website include a video overview of the Core Competencies, a series of three webinars introducing the 2014 version of the Core Competencies, and an example of how one state health department conducted a competency assessment using the Core Competencies. In addition, a set of FAQs on the Core Competencies is nearing completion. Your resources and examples illustrating how you've used the Core Competencies in job descriptions, workforce development plans, or other workforce development activities continue to be welcome. Please send any resources or examples that you'd like to share with the public health community to Janelle Nichols at
How Can the Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training Continue to Grow?  
To support the ongoing training of public health professionals, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) developed an online resource focused on enhancing public health training efforts. The Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training aims to help training institutions and programs, trainers, public health organizations, and sponsors of training navigate the training process. It includes strategies and methods for improving and evaluating training, as well as references to literature on training and evaluation of training, and was designed to grow as new resources became available. Over the past few months, literature references have been updated, and the Council on Linkages is now seeking to add tools and examples to help implement the strategies and methods described in the guide. If you have tools, examples, or other relevant resources to share, please contact Janelle Nichols at
Public Health 101 Series Now Available from CDC  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a longstanding member of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, has developed a new set of teaching tools and learning products, the Public Health 101 Series. This series includes slide presentations focused on the fundamentals of public health practice, covering topics such as core public health functions and services, epidemiology, health economics, public health laboratories, and public health informatics. Designed for public health educators and trainers, as well as public health professionals interested in learning more about a given topic, these Public Health 101 resources can be downloaded and customized to meet your needs. Visit Public Health 101 on the CDC website to access the resources and learn more.

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 - March 2015