Comments Being Sought on New Public Health Core Competencies

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Comments are being sought on two new sets of competencies that are designed to strengthen the public health work force, both in the United States and around the world.

On a national scale, the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice is seeking comments on its revised Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. First adopted by the council six years ago, the competencies outline the skills and knowledge that health professionals need to carry out and improve the practice of public health, such as communication, program planning and leadership.

Developed by the council and its member organizations, which include APHA, the Society for Public Health Education and American College of Preventive Medicine, the competencies are used to shape work force programs, guide the development of public health courses and steer training priorities, among other applications.

The competencies are being updated and revised to reflect the changing public health field, including new technologies, an aging work force and the increased focus on preparedness after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the council. The new draft includes changes in both content and phrasing.

Public health workers can learn more about the draft core competencies during a town hall session at APHA's 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego. Session 3007, which will be held Monday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 a.m., will feature discussions of the revisions and information on how the competencies are used. Check the meeting program for the session location.

The draft Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals are online at www.phf.org/link/core competencies. …