263582 Growing the Local Public Health Policy Infrastructure through Collaborative, Competency-based Training: The Nebraska Health Policy Academy

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 11:08 AM - 11:20 AM

Jim P. Stimpson, PhD , Department of Health Services Research and Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
The Nebraska Health Policy Academy seeks to assist local and state public health practitioners to develop and implement evidence-based public policy. We formed a partnership between the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the UNMC College of Public Health (as part of a CDC grant to increase public health infrastructure in the state of Nebraska), with the goal of training Nebraska's public health workforce to use health policy as a public health tool. The Academy is a competency-based approach designed for teams of public health practitioners in state and local government and their essential partners. Activities incorporated into the nine-month model include two in-person learning retreats and a series of distance-based learning modules. Instruments used for action learning include case studies, expert presentations, and an action planning toolkit, all of which are tailored based on a pre-assessment of participants' current competency and training priority in areas of health policy. Expected results include the creation of new or stronger implementation of current policies designed to impact the public's health. This presentation will show our model for team-based, collaborative action learning using a competency-based curriculum, lessons learned from the pilot year of program implementation, and our plans to advance this program over the coming years.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of using a collaborative, competency-based training approach for growing local public health infrastructure in public policy

Keywords: Public Policy, Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator of the Nebraska Health Policy Academy, which is the focus of the presentation.
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.