260766 Enabling competency-based public health workforce development

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

Kathleen Amos, MLIS , Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, Public Health Foundation, Washington, DC
The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) are a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health that have been used in the workforce development efforts of hundreds of health departments and academic institutions since their creation in 2001. To facilitate the use of the Core Competencies by public health practitioners and organizations, a collection of tools has been developed. This session will highlight two categories of tools contained within this collection competency assessments and quality improvement tools along with feedback on initial use of the tools. Competency assessments assist individuals with determining their level of expertise related to each of the competencies addressed in the Core Competencies and identifying areas for professional development. Assessments are available for each of the three career stages delineated in the 2010 version of the Core Competencies: entry level, program management/supervisory level, and senior management/executive level. Quality improvement tools enable public health organizations to recognize areas of strength related to the Core Competencies, as well as areas for further development, and to prioritize development needs. Additional tools include clarifications to the language of the Core Competencies, examples of ways to demonstrate attainment of competence, competency-based job descriptions, and an illustration of cultural competence as it relates to the Core Competencies. Tools are available online at no cost and may be modified to meet local needs.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. 2. Identify two types of tools that can assist public health practitioners or organizations with using the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. 3. Explain how to access tools to assist with incorporating the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into workforce development efforts.

Keywords: Workforce, Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working with the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice, which developed the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and the collection of tools described, for the past two years and coordinate the development of these tools.
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.