3075.0: Monday, November 13, 2000 - 2:30 PM

Abstract #9421

Refining and validating public health competencies

Ronald Bialek, MPP1, Diane Downing, RN, MSN2, and Dianna M. Conrad, MHPE1. (1) Public Health Foundation, 1220 L Street N.W, Suite 350, Washington, DC 20005, 202-898-5600, rbialek@phf.org, (2) Arlington Department of Human Services, 1800 North Edison Street, Arlington, VA 22207, 703-228-4939, N/A

There are many current and past efforts in the public health competencies area. The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice has committed to assist the U.S. Public Health Service in efforts to implement components of the report, The Public Health Workforce: An Agenda for the 21st Century, pertaining to public health competencies. The list of competencies offered in the Public Health Workforce report is a comprehensive collection of available lists from the wide range of public health fields. This list needs to be looked at and cross-walked with other lists, and then needs refined and reviewed for its general application to the field. This session would take the Council one step closer to a refined and validated list of universal public health competencies for individuals trained at the Masterís level and it would give participants a preview of whatís to come. A final list is expected to be released in December, 2000. This list will ultimately help guide curriculum and content development of public health education and training programs.

The Council on Linkages will present a draft list of universal public health competencies, developed by the Council on Linkages. The list is being based on ten years of work in this area as well as input from public health practitioners and academicians. This interactive session will continue the process of refining, validating and promoting the use of this list. It will also assist the Council on Linkages in determining effective ways to promote the use of public health competencies.

Learning Objectives: 1. Describe what currently exists in the area of public health competencies 2. Identify how a universal list of public health competencies can be beneficial 3. Discuss how to promote the use of public health competencies by academic and practice institutions

Keywords: Competency, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA