Public health workforce training: Application of the council on linkages' core competencies

Katharine E. Stewart, Paul Halverson, Arlene V. Rose, Sandra K. Walker

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Abstract

Despite calls from multiple sources, including the Institute of Medicine, a large proportion of public health professionals have limited formal training in public health science. The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice developed the core competencies to provide a framework for assessing professionals' readiness to manage the complex challenges in public health. We incorporated the core competencies into a workforce development program to improve workforce competence of professionals at the Arkansas Department of Health. The program's curriculum was mapped to the core competencies in each of the Linkages domains. Participants self-assessed their competence before and after the year-long program, and results from the 2007 and 2008 participants are provided. The 2007 results indicate that participants significantly increased their perceived competence in all of the Linkages domains, whereas in the 2008 program, participants reported increases in all but cultural competency. The greatest reported increase in perceived competency was in policy development. On the basis of these findings, the Council on Linkages core competencies appear to be an effective tool in guiding workforce development programs and serve as an important framework for assessing comprehensive interdisciplinary training programs. Such programs can substantially increase public health professionals' self-assessed competence in the Linkages domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-469
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Health Manpower
Public Health
Mental Competency
Cultural Competency
Public Health Practice
Professional Competence
National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (U.S.) Health and Medicine Division
Policy Making
Curriculum
Education
Health

Keywords

  • Continuing education for public health professionals
  • Linkages core competencies
  • Local health department manpower issues
  • Public health workforce training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Public health workforce training : Application of the council on linkages' core competencies. / Stewart, Katharine E.; Halverson, Paul; Rose, Arlene V.; Walker, Sandra K.

In: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Vol. 16, No. 5, 01.09.2010, p. 465-469.

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