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Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice: Strategic Directions, 2016-2020
Mission
To improve the performance of individuals and organizations within public health by fostering, coordinating, and monitoring collaboration among the academic, public health practice, and healthcare communities; promoting public health education and training for health professionals throughout their careers; and developing and advancing innovative strategies to build and strengthen public health infrastructure.
 
Values
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Focus on the Future
  • People and Partners
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Results and Creating Value
  • Health Equity
  • Public Responsibility and Citizenship
 
Objectives
  • Foster collaborations between academia and practice within the field of public health and between public health and healthcare professionals and organizations.
  • Enhance public health practice-oriented education and training.
  • Support the development of a diverse, highly skilled, and motivated public health workforce with the competence and tools to succeed.
  • Promote and strengthen the evidence base for public health practice.

 

Objectives, Strategies, & Tactics

 

Objective A. Foster collaborations between academia and practice within the field of public health and between public health and healthcare professionals and organizations.
  • Strategy 1: Promote development of collaborations between academia and practice within public health.
    • Tactics:
      a. Support the development, maintenance, and expansion of academic health department partnerships through the Academic Health Department Learning Community.
      b. Document and highlight progress being made in academic/practice collaboration within public health and the impact of that collaboration.
      c. Document contributions of Council on Linkages member organizations, individually and collectively, to improving public health performance through implementation of the Council on Linkages’ Strategic Directions.
      d. Coordinate with other national initiatives, such as the Foundational Public Health Services, public health department and academic institution accreditation, Healthy People, National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development, Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS), and Health Impact in Five Years (HI-5) initiative, to improve public health performance through implementation of the Council on Linkages’ Strategic Directions.
      e. Learn from and share with other countries and global health organizations strategies for strengthening the public health workforce.
  • Strategy 2: Promote development of collaborations between public health and healthcare professionals and organizations.
    • Tactics:
      a. Identify population health competencies aligned with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals that are designed for non-clinical settings.
      b. Encourage the inclusion of healthcare professionals and organizations in academic health department partnerships.
      c. Document and highlight progress being made in public health/healthcare collaboration and the impact of that collaboration.

 

Objective B. Enhance public health practice-oriented education and training.

  • Strategy 1: Develop and support the use of consensus-based competencies relevant to public health practice.
    • Tactics:
      a. Review the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals every three years for possible revision.
      b. Develop and disseminate tools and training to assist individuals and organizations with implementing and integrating the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into education and training.
      c. Work with the Council on Education for Public Health to encourage use of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and academic/practice partnerships by schools and programs of public health.
      d. Work with the National Board of Public Health Examiners to encourage use of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in the Certified in Public Health credentialing program.
      e. Contribute to the development and measurement of Healthy People objectives related to public health infrastructure.
      f. Advance opportunities for using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in the education and training of health professionals and other professionals who impact health.
  • Strategy 2: Encourage development of quality training for public health professionals.
    • Tactics:
      a. Provide resources and tools for enhancing and measuring the impact of training.
      b. Contribute to efforts to develop quality standards for public health training.
      c. Explore the desirability and feasibility of creating a process for approving and advancing training for general public health continuing education units.
  • Strategy 3: Promote public health practice-based learning.
    • Tactics:
      a. Conduct a periodic review of practice-based content in public health education.
      b. Develop tools to assist academic health departments in providing high quality practica.

 

Objective C. Support the development of a diverse, highly skilled, and motivated public health workforce with the competence and tools to succeed.

  • Strategy 1: Develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring an effective public health workforce.
    • Tactics:
      a. Support the use of evidence in recruitment and retention strategies for the public health workforce.
      b. Use existing data to better understand the composition and competencies of the public health workforce.
      c. Participate in the Public Health Accreditation Board’s workforce development, quality improvement, and performance management activities to encourage use of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and academic/practice partnerships by health departments.
      d. Explore approaches for determining contributions of credentialing for ensuring a competent public health workforce.
      e. Participate in, facilitate, and/or convene efforts to develop a national strategic or action plan for public health workforce development and monitor progress.
  • Strategy 2: Define training and life-long learning needs of the public health workforce, identify gaps in training, and explore mechanisms to address these gaps.
    • Tactics:
      a. Explore emerging leadership competencies needed within the public health workforce for health systems transformation.
      b. Identify skills needed for public health professionals to assume the responsibilities of community chief health strategist.
  • Strategy 3: Provide access to and assistance with using tools to enhance competence.
    • Tactics:
      a. Develop and disseminate tools and training to assist individuals and organizations with implementing and integrating the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into practice.
      b. Assist individuals and organizations with using tools and training to implement and integrate the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into practice.
      c. Encourage use of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals as a foundation for the development of discipline-specific and interprofessional competencies.
      d. Assist with developing, refining, and implementing discipline-specific and interprofessional competencies aligned with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.
      e. Assist other countries and global health organizations with developing and using public health competencies.
  • Strategy 4: Demonstrate the value of public health to achieving a culture of health.
    • Tactics:
      a. Document contributions of the various professions within public health to achieving healthy communities.
      b. Describe the unique contributions that public health professionals can bring to health systems transformation.
      c. Encourage public health professionals to engage other professions and sectors in developing strategies for achieving healthy communities.
      d. Document how public health research can and does contribute to achieving healthy communities.
      e. Participate in, facilitate, and/or conduct a profile study of the public health workforce.

 

Objective D. Promote and strengthen the evidence base for public health practice.

  • Strategy 1: Support efforts to further public health practice research, including public health systems and services research (PHSSR).
    • Tactics:
      a. Identify gaps in data and opportunities for improving data for conducting research relevant to practice.
      b. Identify emerging needs for public health practice research to support health systems transformation.
      c. Collaborate with other national efforts to help build capacity for and promote public health practice research.
      d. Convene potential funders to increase financial support for public health practice research.
      e. Assess progress related to public health practice research.
  • Strategy 2: Support the translation of research into public health practice.
    • Tactics:
      a. Identify ways to disseminate and improve access to evidence-based practices.
      b. Demonstrate the value of public health practice research to the practice of public health.
      c.  Explore opportunities to support The Guide to Community Preventive Services.
  • Strategy 3: Encourage the engagement of public health practitioners in contributing to the public health evidence base.
    • Tactics:
      a. Develop and support implementation of an academic health department research agenda.
      b. Foster the development, sharing, and use of practice-based evidence.

Adopted August 15, 2016

 

Download a PDF version of the Council on Linkages' Strategic Directions, 2016-2020.

 
Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice: Strategic Directions, 2016-2020