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Determining Essential Core Competencies for Job Positions (Archived Webinar)


This archived webinar focuses on determining essential core competencies for job positions within public health organizations. Key to a public health organization’s ability to successfully meet the health needs of its community is having staff whose competencies are well matched to the types of activities they perform in their positions. Job descriptions that detail the competencies, including both skills and knowledge, required for a position are good practice for all organizations seeking to build a competent workforce through successful recruitment, hiring, and professional development, and a required element for health departments seeking accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice describe foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. For any job position, the critical competencies within the Core Competencies will vary depending on the responsibilities and activities of individuals in that position. When developing a job description, it is important to determine which competencies are most essential for that position.
During this webinar, a simplified form of the Core Competencies and a process for prioritizing competencies for job descriptions or other workforce development activities was introduced. Through this process, health departments and other public health organizations can engage individuals who are doing the day-to-day work within the organization in identifying the competencies that they feel are most important to being successful in their positions. In addition, Denver Public Health shared how they have used this process to identify essential Core Competencies for positions within their organization and built upon this work to strengthen important skills within their workforce. Discussion among the presenters and participants that occurred during the live version of the webinar is captured in the archive.
Originally held on June 22, 2017, this webinar featured speakers Kathleen Amos, MLIS, Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages, Public Health Foundation, and Elizabeth Rumbel, MA, Workforce Development Specialist, Denver Public Health.
Watch the archived webinar or download the presentation slides to learn more.
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This webinar is also available on TRAIN as Course 1072314 for those interested in keeping a record of completion in their TRAIN transcripts. 
For more information about this webinar, please contact Kathleen Amos at  
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This webinar is made possible through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement Number NU38OT000211. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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