Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

One of the initiatives of the FPHTC Online Mentor Program is to “Broaden and/or enhance the understanding of the Florida Department of Health and its missions and programs.” Participants are not only encouraged to increase their awareness of the services that FDOH provides, but keep up with current events related to FDOH, as well.

And what better way of keeping “your finger on the pulse” than sitting in the newsroom? The Florida Department of Health’s Online Newsroom is a tool for the media to read press releases, video and audio interviews, stock photos and videos, and other important information.

FDOH Online NewsroomBest part: you don’t have to be a journalist to get access.

Anyone can check out their website and stay abreast on the latest updates from FDOH. But if reading press releases isn’t your thing, you can always get your news from following their Twitter feed, Facebook page, or YouTube Channel.

After all, FDOH does rank third as most social media friendly health department. (And yes, I got that from reading a press release).


Be Prepared to Discuss the 2014 Fiscal Budget

Photo Credit: 401(K) 2013

Photo Credit: 401(K) 2013

On April 10th, President Obama announced his 2014 budget. Many organizations and agencies within health and human services have shared their thoughts on its potential impact.

As public health professionals, we must stay on top of these discussions and be aware of the political changes that influence the direction of our field.

Our team has collected a selection of blog posts, online articles and videos to give our OMP participants a starting point to having educated conversations amongst their colleagues and peers.

Watch the YouTube video where Health and Human Resources Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announces the 2014 Budget.

The original U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: FY 2014 President’s Budget for HHS (4/10/2013) may be a lot of material to read through. The following list will showcase some highlights related to public health:

There has been a lot of coverage on this topic. The list above is, by no means, comprehensive. If you have articles or blog posts links worth sharing with our OMP community, please email the Program Coordinator at omp@health.usf.edu.

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!

10 Essential Services: Test Your Knowledge!

If you recall your public health history, you will remember that in 1988, the Institute of Medicine published a report on the “Future of Public Health” which identified the three (3) core functions of public health:

  • assessment
  • policy development
  • assurance

At that time, this was a solid starting point to describing public health. But as the country explored issues related to health care reform, a better definition and description was needed. In 1994 a “Core Functions of Public Health Steering Committee” (made up of US Public Health Service agencies and other major public health organizations) convened and expanded these functions to include the 10 Essential Services in Public Health (CDC):

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

For public health professionals and students, these 10 Essential Services provide a working definition of public health and a guiding framework for the responsibilities of local, state and national public health systems.

So, how well do you know the 10 essential services in public health?

Why not test your knowledge and rate your expertise? (C’mon, it’ll be fun! We promise it will be less than 10 minutes and totally anonymous, too! Did we mention it will be fun?)

  • Click HERE to test your knowledge!

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