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Council on Linkages Update - June 2016

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Topic: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Date: 6/30/2016

 
 
Council on Linkages Update
 
June 2016
 
 
  
Below is the Council on Linkages Update for June 2016. Please feel free to use all or part(s) of this update in your organization's newsletter or other communications.
 
  
 
Explore Successful AHD Partnerships with the AHD Learning Community
  
Interested in learning about accomplishments of a health department with multiple academic health department (AHD) partnerships, including the value of these partnerships in achieving accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)? AHD Learning Community member and AHD Mentorship Program Chair Bryn Manzella, MPH, shared her health department's AHD experiences at the most recent AHD Learning Community meeting, held earlier this month. During the meeting, Ms. Manzella, Director of Quality Improvement for Jefferson County Department of Health (AL), described the attributes of an AHD, activities and accomplishments of the AHD partnerships in which Jefferson County Department of Health engages, and how these partnerships helped the health department in achieving PHAB accreditation. This meeting was archived and can be accessed online for those interested in learning more. Visit Jefferson County Department of Health: Developing Successful AHD Partnerships and Achieving Accreditation to watch the archive, download a copy of the presentation slides, or view the resources that were shared. Questions can be sent to Janelle Nichols at jnichols@phf.org.
 
  
 
What Will Help You Use the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals? 
  
The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) continues to work to develop new resources and tools to assist public health professionals and organizations with using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies). Workforce development plans and job descriptions that incorporate the Core Competencies have been collected, a variety of examples of how organizations are using the Core Competencies have been gathered, assessment and prioritization tools have been developed, descriptions of each of the three tiers and eight domains within the Core Competencies have been provided, and FAQs have been addressed. Visit the Core Competencies section of the Council on Linkages website to access these resources and tools and learn more about use of the Core Competencies for performance improvement within public health, and share your suggestions or examples of additional resources and tools by email to Janelle Nichols at jnichols@phf.org.
 
  
 
Share Your Feedback and Help Define Priority Competencies for Population Health Professionals
  
As the field of community health improvement advances, the Public Health Foundation and Association for Community Health Improvement are collaborating to develop a set of Priority Competencies for Population Health Professionals. Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, the Priority Competencies for Population Health Professionals describe desired skills for population health professionals and will be used to develop training and other professional development activities for individuals engaged in activities such as community health needs assessments, community health improvement plans, and implementation of community-based interventions. These competencies are primarily designed for professionals in hospitals and health systems engaged in non-clinical population health activities, although they may be relevant in other settings as well. Feedback is currently being gathered to refine these draft competencies. Please share your feedback today to help ensure the Priority Competencies for Population Health Professionals reflect the skills that are needed to accomplish population health goals.
 
  
 
New Online Resource for Evaluating Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Now Available
  
A new resource built to provide one-stop access to evaluation tools developed by the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) is now available. Evaluating Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings: A Knowledge Repository, developed as a collaboration between the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, is designed to serve as a guide and framework to promote evidence-based evaluations of emergency preparedness and response trainings and learning products and measure their impact toward improving workforce readiness. Structured around the Kirkpatrick model for evaluating training, this knowledge repository includes training evaluation templates and guides organized by the four Kirkpatrick training evaluation levels; course and exercise materials; and links to other PERLC-developed toolkits, guides, and resources. This new resource complements existing resources available to support high quality training efforts, including the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice's Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and online Guide to Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training. Visit PHF's website to explore Evaluating Emergency Preparedness and Response Trainings: A Knowledge Repository, and contact Kathleen Amos at kamos@phf.org with any questions.
 
  
 
Association of University Centers on Disabilities Releases Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies
  
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has recently released the Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies (Competencies). Developed by a national committee comprised of disability and public health experts, the Competencies outline recent advances in knowledge and practice skills that public health professionals need to ensure that people with disabilities are included in the core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance. The Competencies were developed in alignment with existing sets of competencies, including the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), and include a crosswalk illustrating connections with the Core Competencies. The Competencies also include strategies, examples, and e-learning resources on how to implement these competencies in the daily work of public health professionals and embed them into existing public health curricula and trainings. Visit disabilityinpublichealth.org for more information, and contact Shannon Haworth at shaworth@aucd.org with any questions.
 

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Council on Linkages Update - June 2016