A Large Dose of TED

TED Talks LogoIf you are ever in need of some inspiration (and who isn’t?), just look to TED.com – a sight dedicated to sharing “ideas worth spreading”. When it comes to public health, simply do a search in their repository of TED Talks and you’ll find about 118 different talks that are relevant to some aspect in public health.

Before you say to yourself “I don’t have time to watch a TED Talk,” you may want to consider the following:

  • TED Talks range anywhere from 5 and 20 minutes.
    Watch one during lunch or when you need a little break from the day-to-day tasks. Grab a few co-workers, hover around the computer, watch and be inspired. Or, start the weekly office meeting with a viewing. If you have time to check your Facebook news feed or forward funny YouTube videos to your friends, then you have time to watch a TED Talk!
  • Watching a TED Talk may align with Essential Public Health Services.
    Let’s look at EPHS #10. It states “Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.” Many of the TED Talks invite viewers to reflect on community problems and local health issues from a fresh or new perspective. In fact, some talks go so far as to offer additional ways to contribute to their on-going discussions about a topic. Isn’t this the start of research? Couldn’t a series of ideas spark new conversations in your organization that eventually lead to new programs or processes to solve local health problems?
  • TED Talks may improve your Core Competencies.
    For instance, the core competency under the Leadership and Systems’ Thinking Domain states “[8A2] Describes how public health operates within a larger system.” Several TED Talks often provide meaningful insights into public health networks and systems. Talks given by top public health experts often share where these systems have failed (are failing) and where they succeeded (are succeeding). Don’t believe me? Just watch Laurie Garrett’s talk on “Lessons Learned from the 1918 flu.”

Don’t know where to start? No problem! Here are the Top 10 TED Talks on Public Health. At the very least, watch one of those!


Free Webinar: Core Competencies of Public Health with Dr. Adewale Troutman!

The Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice just announced an upcoming FREE webinar “Core Competencies in Public Health” hosted by Dr. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH.

Date: March 18, 2013
Time: 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Adewale Troutman
Registration Deadline: March 15, 2013

Summary: The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are broad sets of skills that are useful in the public health field. These skills strengthen the public health workforce at all career levels and help improve performance.

Audience: This course is designed for public health workers and Florida Department of Health employees.


  1. Describe the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and identify the 8 domains.
  2. Learn why competencies are important in public health and how they are used.
  3. Find out how public health employees use Core Competency tools.
  4. Recognize the benefits of Core Competency training.
  5. Understand how public health employees can use Core Competencies in various stages of their careers.
  6. Find out how Florida and other states use Core Competencies in public health.

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Core Competency Flyer

For more information, please contact Desiree Liburd, Assistant Program Director in Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice at 813-974-9070 or dliburd@health.usf.edu.

OMP Update: Year in Review!

It has been one year since the launch of the FPHTC Online Mentor Program! (Woot-woot!) Since then there have been many milestones (and growing pains). As the program continues to evolve this year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on several program milestones and share the news on things to come.

Below are participant statistics. (Click on image for full size.)


Things participants can expect to see in 2013:

  • Increased enrollment. Our goal is to double the number of participants. The more public health professionals and USF COPH faculty/students enroll in the program, the more potential matches they will have to choose from.
  • Increased relevance. Our newly added features allow participants to be more proactive in choosing their match. We have made it easy for any participant to select the right match from his/her list of best matches.
  • Increased engagement. With the help of Florida Department of Health, we anticipate more active mentorships and program completers. On average, it takes a participant about 8-9 months to complete their mentorship experience. Of the participants currently engaged in a mentorship, 44% are half-way through the program.

We hope you are excited about the year ahead as much as we are!

If you are a public health professional in Florida and are interested in participating in a mentorship (as a mentor or mentee), we encourage you to check out the program details or email the Program Coordinator at omp@health.usf.edu.