Assessing a Public Health Workforce Using National Tools and Standards

Source:  Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: Representatives from Montana’s public health system discuss the policy, administrative, and human resource techniques they are employing to strengthen their statewide system.  Learning objectives include:1) describe regional and national resources for assessing a public health workforce, 2) identify the importance of a standardized approach to workforce assessment, 3) identify where to begin when assessing workforce capacity.

 

CQI for Public Health: The Fundamentals

Source: The Ohio State University

Length: 3 modules, estimated time to complete 3 hours

Description:  This on-line self-study course introduces the principles of quality improvement and methods for problem-solving, provides details on the application of the Continuous Quality Improvement process, and identifies how to use a team to improve a process in an organization. It consists of three modules that provide the basics of quality improvement in public health.

 

From Data to Desk: Translating Needs Assessments into Targeted Employee Training

http://www.nwcphp.org/training/opportunities/webinars/training-needs-and-plans

Source:  Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: Three workforce development specialists share their tips for assessing staff training needs and implementing training plans.

 

Injecting Ethics into the Public Health Quality Improvement and Accreditation

Source:  Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: Although emerging standards for the accreditation of public health agencies do not explicitly consider ethics, ethical principles can provide a rationale for including them in the accreditation process. Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH, Ruth Gaare-Bernheim, JD, MPH, and Kathy C. Vincent, LCSW discuss how local and state public health agencies can use the Code to demonstrate accountability, increase the transparency of decisions and foster community trust in development and application of the accreditation standards.

 

Life of a Benchmark (and Benchmarks for Real Life)

Source:  Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: This webinar examines lessons learned from Oregon’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs experience and principles that can be used for selection and use of performance measures. By stepping through the entire process from measure selection and definition, through data collection and analysis, and interpretation and use of measures in continuous quality improvement (CQI), the webinar illustrates the interconnection of the steps in the process, intended and unintended consequences of each step, and the balance between data goals and program goals.

 

Performance Improvement and Workforce Development Resources for Public Health Practice

Source: Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: Public health practitioners believe in quality improvement as a tool to improve activities and measure successes. Participants will learn how emerging evidence shows that quality improvement is truly making a difference and leading to improvements in health outcomes. Ron Bialek, MPP, CQIA, President and CEO of the Public Health Foundation, introduces an expanding array of tools and resources to improve health department quality and performance, and build the skills and competence of the public health workforce. He also devotes time to looking at the history and use of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and how this all fits with accreditation.

 

Quality Improvement in Public Health: It's Not Just Another Program

Source: Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: Quality improvement (QI) allows organizations to not only improve activities but measure successes and articulate organizational value.  Marlene Mason, from Seattle-based MarMason Consulting, talks about the current QI activities being conducted in health departments across the United States and the link between QI and public health accreditation standards.

 

Tribal Public Health Accreditation and Update

Source: Northwest Public Health Training Center

Length: 1 hour

Description: In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified accreditation as a strategy for strengthening public health infrastructure in its Futures Initiatives. This paved the way for a national accreditation system with the goal of providing a set of standards and measures that can be used to achieve performance excellence for health departments.