Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
The Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) were designed for public health professionals at three different levels: Tier 1 (entry level), Tier 2 (supervisors and managers) and Tier 3 (senior managers and CEOs). The Core Competencies are a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health, reflecting the characteristics that staff of public health organizations may want to possess as they work to protect and promote health in the community (i.e., deliver the Essential Public Health Services).
The Core Competencies are designed to serve as a starting point for academic and practice organizations to understand, assess, and meet training and workforce needs. They are being used by hundreds of health departments and public health professionals across the country and abroad. Consider using the Core Competencies to assist with workforce development efforts in your organization today!
Community Health Needs Assessments
In June 2013, OPHP, in collaboration with CT Association of Directors of Health, CT Hospital Association, CT Department of Public Health and CT Public Health Association offered a workshop titled Conducting Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). It was designed to enhance the comprehension of the CHNA process, familiarize participants with the use of the tool "Guidelines for Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment" and share CT based 'promising practices' on local health department/hospital community collaborations.
- The Anchor Mission: Improving Health By Building Community Wealth
- Getting Started: Norwalk
- Data Collection: Hartford
- Data Collection: Greater Bridgeport
- Selecting Priorities and Strategic Planning: Chatham Health District
- Communicating Assessment Results: The William W. Backus Hospital
- Communication: Leveraging CHNAs in the Media
- Communication: Northeast District Department of Health’s Follow the Fifty
- Development of Strategies and Implementation Plan/CHIP: Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
- Tracking Progress, Evaluating Outcomes: Middlesex Hospital and the Community Care Team
- Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Embracing the Anchor Mission
- Guidelines for Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment
Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative
OPHP has been awarded a contract from the CT Department of Public Health to provide training to local health departments/districts (LHD) on Performance Management and Quality Improvement. This training is designed to support LHDs as they consider national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). We currently have five CT LHD’s participating in the collaborative.
- Quality Improvement Team Kick Off PowerPoint
- Embracing Quality in Public Health: A Practitioners Quality Improvement Guidebook
- Example of Root Cause Analysis- Fishbone Diagram
- Project Planning Tool
- QI Team Charter
- AIM Statement
- Pareto Chart Template 1
- Pareto Chart Template 2
- Gantt Chart Template 1
- Gantt Chart Template 2
- Trumbull-Monroe Health District. PROJECT: Unlicensed, Unregulated Temporary Food Events
- Norwalk Health Department. PROJECT: Enhancing Agency Website to Improve Communication
- Naugatuck Valley Health District. PROJECT: Increasing Utilization of Adult Immunization Clinics
- West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District. PROJECT: Reduction in Failed Food Inspections
- Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services. PROJECT: Integrating Healthy Homes into Housing Code Inspections
- Central Connecticut Health District. PROJECT: To Identify the Major Reasons for Women Not Receiving Adequate Prenatal Care in Central Connecticut
- Connecticut Department of Public Health Cancer Tumor Registry. PROJECT: Improving Cancer Case Ascertainment
- Uncas Health District. PROJECT: Improve the Uncas Health District's Ability to Accept Various Insurances for Vaccine Reimbursement
- Connecticut River Area Health District. PROJECT: Increasing the Capacity of the Health Alert Network as an Effective Public Health Communications Tool.
- City of Hartford Health and Human Services and Connecticut Department of Public Health Hepatitis Program. PROJECT: To Improve the Identification of New HCV Cases and to Increase the Response Rate of a Follow-Up Telephone Survey of Newly Identified HCV Persons.
Community Health Workers Resources
The Southern CT State University, Department of Public Health and OPHP the CT-RI PHTC partnered to sponsor the "Promoting the Public Health Workforce with Community Health Workers" symposium on June 21, 2013. The purpose of the symposium was to foster a broader understanding of the roles of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in implementing public health programs and delivering health services and to provide a forum to discuss how the work of CHWs can be expanded in Connecticut. Presentations from symposium presenters are below.
- The Emergence and Future of Community Health Workers. Carl Rush, MRP University of Texas, Institute for Health Policy
- Community Health Workers: Improving Health Outcomes. Sergio Matos, BS Executive Director, The Community Health Worker Network of NYC; President, Health Innovation Associates
- Evidence Supporting the Use of Community Health Workers for Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Management. Grace Damio, MS Hispanic Health Council
- Community Health Workers in Connecticut: "What CHWs Say" and "What Employers Say". Meredith Ferraro, MS Executive Director, Southwestern CT Area Health Education Center
- Cross-Cultural Teams: A Personal and Organizational Experience Working with Community Health Workers. Mary F. Scully, APRN Khmer Health Advocates, Inc.