Online Program

Using academic and practice partnerships to leverage funding toward a sustainable future: Local and state perspectives on workforce development for voluntary accreditation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Christina Welter, DrPH, MPH, Doctoral Program in Public Health Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Devangna Kapadia, MS MPH, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Manjusha Saxena, MPH, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Mary Elise Papke, DrPH, UWM Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Milwaukee, WI
Melissa Martin, MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, UIC School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
Major national initiatives such as the National Prevention Strategy and Affordable Care Act call for expanded public health worker skill sets. Yet, local health department (LHD) capacity to address these changes is limited. Voluntary public health accreditation offers health departments the opportunity to meet these challenges, but more support is needed to help health departments prepare for and respond to accreditation standards. Academic and practice relationships can leverage resources and enhance health departments' readiness for accreditation by providing technical assistance for workforce development. This presentation will describe the work of an academic/practice partnership – UIC School of Public Health MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, Illinois Department of Public Health, and three local health departments (LHDs) – to design tools to enhance LHDs' readiness for accreditation in a cost-effective manner. The partners' work will also promote dialogue about workforce development infrastructure in Illinois. With funding from the NACCHO Accreditation Support Initiative, the partners convened a workgroup to: 1) write a report on factors shaping workforce development for accreditation, 2) assess worker competencies at the three partner LHDs, 3) develop workforce training plans for each LHD, and 4) create an online toolkit for competency assessment, workforce development planning, and training resources. The ASI workgroup's report will inform statewide policy discussions and may lead to new strategies to strengthen statewide infrastructure around workforce development. The online toolkit will offer a practical, step-by-step guide for how to assess worker competencies, create training plans, and train LHDs workers. Lessons learned will be shared too.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe three findings from the Illinois workforce development report. Identify three key features of the online toolkit. Explain two strategies for workforce development to enhance readiness for accreditation in different local health department contexts.

Keyword(s): Accreditation, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PI on the NACCHO ASI grant on which this work is based.
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.