251767 How to Focus Your Training and Professional Development Efforts to Improve the Skills of Your Organization's Public Health Workforce

Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:30 AM

Ron Bialek, MPP , Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC
Jack Moran, PhD, CQM , Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC
Given current economic, organizational, and political realities, are there particular competencies where it makes sense to focus your limited professional development time and funds? This is an interactive session that will discuss the current realities facing public health organizations, the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, and a method to prioritize these core competencies to identify the ones that will help a public health organization meet the realities of today.

A Prioritization Matrix will be utilized by the participants, in small teams, to help them focus on the critical core competencies to improve their organization's skill level.

Presenters and participants will share successful approaches used in the past to develop skill levels and gain insights into how to build Core Competencies with the challenges facing public health in 2012. In addition, the TRAIN Learning Management System will be highlighted as a way to improve prioritized skills through the free online courses available to enhance Core Competencies skill levels for public health workers.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Core Competencies for Public health Professionals. Identify the Core Competencies strengths and weaknesses of your organization. Describe how a tool of quality improvement can help prioritize what core competencies to focus on. Explain how the use of the Advance Quality Improvement Tools in a defined sequence makes problem solving more focused and successful.

Keywords: Quality Improvement, Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I conduct research, training, and consultation on public health QI. I am also Director of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice which oversaw the development of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.