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).