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Council on Linkages Update - April 2012

Related Categories: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Topic: Council on Linkages, Workforce Development

Date: 4/24/2012

Council on Linkages Update - April 2012
 Below is the Council on Linkages Update for April 2012. Please feel free to use all or part(s) of this update in  
 your organization's newsletter or other communications.


Council on Linkages Meets with Member Organizations
As part of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice's (Council on Linkages) ongoing efforts to facilitate member engagement and enhance communications, Chair Bill Keck, MD, MPH and Director Ron Bialek, MPP have been meeting with the CEOs/Executive Directors, representatives, and staff contacts of Council on Linkages member organizations. Discussions have focused on the current activities of the Council on Linkages, as well as ways the Council on Linkages can support its member organizations. The Council on Linkages thanks everyone who has participated in these meetings for taking the time to share your opinions. The Council on Linkages has received great feedback and ideas, which will help guide its future work. 
Dr. Wendy Braund Blogs about Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training
Training Impact Task Force (Task Force) Chair Wendy Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, has written a blog post requesting feedback on the draft Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training document. Over the past several months, Dr. Braund and her fellow Task Force members, all experts in training and evaluation, have identified strategies and methods to improve training and measure its impact. When complete, Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training will include tools and resources to help implement the approaches identified, providing guidance to increase the likelihood of successful training.
Help strengthen this guide to effective training by contributing your feedback on the strategies and methods in Improving and Measuring the Impact of Training. Are the strategies and methods clear? Are there strategies that should be added? Do you have any great tools or resources that you can share? Comments can be left on the blog post or the draft document webpage or sent to Kathleen Amos at
AHD Learning Community Reaching Out to Primary Care
The Academic Health Department (AHD) Learning Community brings together public health professionals from practice and academia committed to developing, sustaining, and expanding AHDs. With increasing focus on the intersection of public health and primary care, an opportunity exists for the Learning Community to expand its scope to include primary care, not only to strengthen the ties between practice and academia, but also to improve the delivery of health services to the community.
The AHD Learning Community is beginning to reach out to primary care organizations to raise awareness about AHDs and is looking for health departments, academic institutions, and primary care organizations that are working together to improve health in their communities through education and training, service, and research. Do you know of an AHD working with a primary care provider? What is the nature of the partnership? For questions or to share information about your AHD's collaboration with primary care, please contact Kathleen Amos at  
Workshops Demonstrate Core Competencies Prioritization Matrix  
In 2011, a series of workshops were conducted to demonstrate how the prioritization matrix, a quality improvement tool, can be used to identify the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) domains most important to achieving an organization's goals. Participants at the annual meetings of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of Local Boards of Health, and the American Public Health Association completed the prioritization matrix in groups based on the types of public health organizations they represented: state and local health departments, local boards of health, academic institutions, or not-for-profit organizations. 
A new white paper, How to Focus Your Training and Professional Development Efforts to Improve the Skills of Your Public Health Organization, reports the results of these workshops, including which Core Competencies domains were deemed most important by the various groups. The prioritization matrix used in the workshops has been incorporated into the 3-Step Competency Prioritization Sequence, which is freely available online to support workforce development efforts. 


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 Assistant Aleta Hong at
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Council on Linkages Update - April 2012