263219 Academic-Government Partnership Builds a Better Public Health Workforce

Monday, October 29, 2012

Leslie Boone, MPH , Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Alisa R. Haushalter, DNP, RN , Nemours Health and Prevention Services, Nemours Health System, Newark, DE
Yvonne Joosten, MPH , Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Leah Alexander, PhD , Graduate Studies and Research, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
William Cooper, MD , Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Mohamed Kanu, PhD, MPH, MA , Health Administration and Health Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
William S. Paul, MD, MPH , Metro Public Health Department, Nashville, TN
Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH , Director Family Youth and Infant Health, Metro Nashville Public Health Department, Nashville, TN
BACKGROUND: Public health workforce development is critical to promoting community health but training resources are often expensive and distal to the work site. To address this, the master of public health programs at Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center pooled their resources with the local health department to form the Nashville Public Health Learning Collaborative (NPHLC). The Collaborative offers no cost training opportunities to local public health employees. METHODS: NPHLC surveyed local public health employees and leaders, and based on the results developed a series of didactic learning sessions. Each session addressees a public health competency prioritized by the survey. All sessions are archived and available for online viewing. The first training series included cultural competency, program planning and evaluation, epidemiology and evidence-based practice, and public health advocacy. Since its inception in 2010, NPHLC has trained over 120 individuals representing 8 divisions and/or programs within the local health department. RESULTS: 98% of the participants expressed they would participate in continuing public health education, 95% were satisfied with the learning session that was offered, and 97% indicated they would apply the skills they learned. CONCLUSIONS: NPHLC has proven to be an effective mechanism to: a) build a bridge between academia and public health practice; b) establish a non-competitive partnership that builds upon the unique strengths of participating institutions; and c) delivers relevant, high quality, cost effective educational opportunities to public health employees.

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

Learning Objectives:
1.Participants will be able to name a minimum of three challenges/barriers encountered by the Nashville Public Health Learning Collaborative. 2.Participants will be able to list a minimum of three resources useful to local health jurisdictions considering similar work.

Keywords: Public Health Administration, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work for Nashville and I have been instrumental in developing teams and teaching applied public health competencies to public health workers and nursing students.
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.