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The Public Health Improvement Resource Center

April 15, 2015

 

The Public Health Improvement Resource Center is an online database is managed by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), and offers resources developed by colleagues and partners throughout the field to help build and improve public health systems. The resources support the initiation and continuation...

 

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Planning Before You Communicate Tool

February 13, 2014

 

​Health departments must have good, consistent, clear, crisp communications both internally and externally. A comprehensive and strategic communications plan for the department sets the foundation for staff to develop and execute communications effectively: to reach the target audience in the right...

 

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Four Stages of Teamwork: Electronic Tuckman

August 9, 2013

 

Where are you in the four stages of group development? ​The Electronic Tuckman tool and accompanying Tuckman Survey Scoring Template (which references the questions in the tool) were developed by Public Health Foundation (PHF) quality improvement experts Sonja Armbruster, Erin Barkema, and  John W....

 

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3-Step Competency Prioritization Sequence

February 13, 2012

 

The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) define a broad array of professional development areas a public health organization may wish to consider in designing and executing a workforce development plan—a key requirement for Public Health Department Accreditation. However,...

 

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How to Focus Your Training and Professional Development Efforts to Improve the Skills of Your Public Health Organization (2011 APHA Annual Meeting)

November 21, 2011

 

​This presentation addresses the use of a quality improvement tool, the prioritization matrix, to identify workforce development needs. In this example, the relative importance of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals domains is considered in order to help public health organizations focus resources...

 

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Assessing and Building a Culture of Quality Improvement in Your Agency Presentation

July 12, 2011

 

These slides provide an overview of the culture of quality improvement (QI), the steps needed to build and change organizational culture, becoming aware of the six indicators of a culture, and how to rate an organization’s culture using a radar chart.  These slides are excerpted from a presentation...

 

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Conduct a Personalized SWOT: Align Yourself for Professional Growth

June 16, 2011

 

This free resource offers tools and methods for individuals to learn how to fully promote their talents, skills, and abilities within their organization.  The personal SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) is a useful tool for investigating conflict between individual and organizational...

 

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Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project

September 10, 2010

 

​In 2001, PHF assisted the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in the development of the Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project, which provides easily accessible information on evidence-based strategies related to the Healthy People 2010 objectives.  By clicking on specific search strategies,...

 

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Livingston County Department of Health, NY - Using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals to Improve Performance

September 2, 2010

 

​As part of a Quality Improvement (QI) initiative, Livingston County Department of Health in New York has used the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in two ways: 1) to improve its performance appraisal form; and, 2) to conduct a workforce needs assessment. Download this document to learn how...

 

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Using PDCA Cycle to Improve Skills in Core Competencies

August 30, 2010

 

In 2007, Olmsted County Public Health Services (OCPHS) in Minnesota used the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle to improve their employee’s knowledge in Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies). Using the four stages of PDCA cycle, OPCHS integrated the Core Competencies into...

 

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