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Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health: Alignment with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals


The Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health (PI Competencies) are a set of skills desirable for performance improvement (PI) professionals working in public health. Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) and the Core Competencies for Performance Improvement Managers, these competencies were developed to offer additional guidance in PI for public health professionals with responsibilities related to 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 are an additional set of competencies for public health professionals that align with the Core Competencies, a set of foundational skills for all professionals working in public health, and PI-related skills that are addressed in the Core Competencies are not repeated in the PI Competencies. This supplemental resource presents the PI Competencies along with a list of competencies from the Core Competencies that are especially relevant for PI professionals to support public health professionals and organizations in using the PI Competencies for workforce development activities.
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. Together, the PI Competencies and the Core Competencies describe areas of skills and knowledge beneficial to PI professionals.
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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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