Council of Linkages – March 2012 Update

The Public Health Foundation is a national, non-profit organization “dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance.” Within the organization, the coalition for “Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice” (Council on Linkages) posts and updates documents that further improve the collaboration between academic and practice to assure a well-trained, competent workforce and strong, evidence-based public health infrastructure.

Their March 2012 update includes enhanced quality improvement tools that assess and improve the core competencies of public health professionals. Fortunately, participation in FPHTC Online Mentor Program supports the development of any or all of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, which include:
(Council on Linkages, 2012)

  • Analytical / Assessment Skills
  • Policy Development / Program Planning Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Competency Skills
  • Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
  • Public Health Sciences Skills
  • Financial Planning and Management Skills
  • Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

Note to OMP Participants: Mentors can reference these tools in their mentor-mentee meetings so these assessments can enhance the development of their Professional Development Action Plan (PDAP).


40 Things Public Health Professionals Should Know About LinkedIn

By now, most public health professionals are familiar with the online business networking site, LinkedIn. But if you have never taken the time to create your profile (or simply haven’t updated your profile in a while), then it’s worth a few minutes to review the advantages and limitations of creating and maintaining a professional digital profile.

In this presentation, learn more about the features of LinkedIn (and if you already use the social networking site, you may discover new applications that might enhance your profile).

Click on the ARROW on the player below to begin the presentation.

To keep up with the latest updates, you may want to follow the LinkedIn blog.

Course: Public Health Performance Improvement – Programs and Processes

If you are interested in learning more about performance improvement, quality improvement, and performance standards of the public health system and public health agencies, then you may want to read on…

The course entitled “Public Health Performance Improvement – Programs & Processes” helps public health professionals identify and describe national, state, and local processes in order to effectively measure, report, and improve public health organizational performance.

This course was designed to meet Public Health Essential Service #8:  “Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.” [Click on link for further information on Public Health Core Competencies] This course specifically meets the core competency: “Participates in the measuring, reporting, and continuous improvement of organizational performance.”

OFFERED BY: USF Health’s Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice (CLPHP)
COST: Free
REGISTRATION: Go to CLPHP’s course page for instructions.

Florida’s first online mentor program launches!

Mentorship has an important influence on academic productivity, personal development, and career guidance. Mentoring has been defined as a “dynamic, reciprocal relationship in a work environment between an advanced career incumbent and a beginner aimed at promoting the development of both.”

The Florida Public Health Training Center Online Mentor Program is designed to foster leadership development; expand employees’ and/or students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities; and broaden understanding of the Florida Department of Health and its missions and programs.

As of today, the program is LIVE and registration to enroll as a mentor or mentee has begun! Click HERE if you are interested in learning more about the program!