PHF E-News brings you the latest examples of how public health makes a difference in improving the well-being of our communities.
Make a Difference in Community Health Outcomes by Implementing Quality Improvement Techniques
Quality improvement is being utilized by health departments across the country to help people increase physical activity, reduce their tobacco use, increase immunization rates and find solutions to other public health challenges. Learn more about how several health departments have addressed some of these large, seemingly insurmountable problems with a variety of strategic quality improvement techniques.
Learn How Asthma Management Cards Helped Knoxville Teachers Effectively Respond to Student Asthma Attacks
Quality improvement experts worked with four teams in the Knoxville, Tennessee area to achieve improvements in the management and control of asthma through use of quality improvement tools and methods. As a result of these trainings, a team from the Knox County Health Department and Knox County Schools created a community initiative called "It Takes a Village to Care for a Child with Asthma" as well as an asthma management reference card, to help teachers effectively respond when a student is suffering from an asthma attack.
What Happens When the Community Comes Together to Improve the Public Health Workforce?
Developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are a consensus set of competencies that represent agreement from public health practice and academia on the characteristics of an effective public health workforce. Collectively, these competencies describe the skills and knowledge desirable for the broad practice of public health.
Other collaborative activities are underway between public health professionals and organizations, including the building of the Academic Health Department Learning Community to support connections between health departments and academic institutions.
Empower Your Workforce to Improve Public Health Through TRAIN
Every day, knowledge and skills learned and developed by public health professionals through years of schooling, training, and practice are employed toward improving the state of the nation's health. TRAIN, the premier learning management system for professionals who protect the public's health, is central to the professional development of the nation's public health workforce. This online community, made up of learners, providers of training, and public health organizations supporting continuing education, when brought together to learn and train, helps illustrate how empowering staff of public health organizations to strengthen competencies
can make a big difference in the health of our communities.
Find Evidence-Based Success Stories from Users of The Guide to Community Preventive Services
rough the 2011 "I'm Your Community Guide!" contest, PHF learned of many organizations that have used the evidence-based recommendations and findings located in The Guide to Community Preventive Services
) to successfully improve health and make an impact in their communities. Read an excerpt of the contest winning entry from St. James-Santee Family Health Center in South Carolina, where Pap smear and mammogram rates at the health center increased by 10% and missed appointments decreased by 30% by implementing several best practices outlined in the Community Guide
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