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Feedback Needed to Help Shape Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals

Date: 1/17/2018 9:22 AM

Related Categories: Performance Management, Quality Improvement, Workforce Development

Topic: Performance Management and Quality Improvement, Workforce Development

Tag: Accreditation, Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, Council on Linkages, Email Newsletter Content, Performance, Performance Management, PHF E-News, Quality Improvement, Tool, Workforce Development

Author: Kathleen Amos

​Kathleen Amos, MLIS, Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages, Public Health Foundation

Does your work involve activities in the areas of quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation, or community health assessment and improvement? Are you actively engaged in supporting your organization’s performance improvement (PI) efforts? Your help is needed to ensure a set of competencies for PI professionals best meets the needs of the public health workforce!

We invite you to review a draft set of Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health (PI Competencies) currently under development and share your thoughts on any aspect of the draft. Do these competencies accurately reflect the skills and needs of the PI workforce? What does it take to be a PI professional? What knowledge and skills are necessary for PI professionals? What do PI professionals need to help build their skills and competence, and what gets in the way?

Feedback on the draft PI Competencies can be shared with us in a variety of ways including by:

Feedback on the draft PI Competencies is being accepted through March 31, 2018, and will inform further refinement of the competency set for release later this year. Add your voice and help shape the future of the public health performance improvement workforce!

The PI Workforce
PI professionals form an integral part of the public health workforce and are instrumental in the continuous improvement of individual, program, and organizational performance. Although the job responsibilities of PI professionals may vary, work that falls under PI may include developing or implementing plans and activities in the areas of quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation readiness, or community health assessment and improvement planning.

The PI Competencies
The draft PI Competencies describe a set of skills desirable for PI professionals working in public health. These competencies align with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), a set of foundational skills for all public health professionals. Once completed, the PI Competencies can be used along with the Core Competencies to help guide development of job descriptions, performance objectives, training, workforce development plans, academic curricula, tools, and other resources to support the activities and growth of PI professionals.

Development of the PI Competencies
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) has been gathering input about PI competencies from the public health community since the end of 2016. This feedback has been used to bring the draft of the PI Competencies to its current form.

Development of this competency set has been informed by a comprehensive environmental scan that included a review of literature and resources related to competency development and opportunities for PI professionals to provide feedback about key knowledge, skills, and abilities for working in this area. The draft also reflects input from national organizations and technical assistance providers and trainers who have worked with over 500 health departments on PI activities.

Many PI professionals have contributed to shaping the current draft, and your feedback will help in finalizing this competency set for the PI workforce. We look forward to your participation in this process!


This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU38OT000211, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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