Track 2 - Leadership

Management and Workforce Development

Sharing Session - 60 Minutes

C12 - Building a Skilled Performance Improvement Workforce to Support Local Public Health

Wednesday, July 11
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Salon E

The discipline of performance improvement (PI) has grown significantly within public health since the launch of accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. PI professionals form an integral part of the public health workforce and are instrumental in the continuous improvement of individual, program, and organizational performance. These professionals play key roles within their health departments in developing and implementing plans and activities in the areas of quality improvement, performance management, workforce development, accreditation readiness, and community health assessment and improvement planning. To support the development of a skilled PI workforce, a set of competencies has been developed specifically for PI professionals. Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), the new Competencies for Performance Improvement Professionals in Public Health (PI Competencies) were created with input from numerous PI professionals, national organizations, and technical assistance providers and trainers who have worked with and learned from over 500 health departments on PI activities. These competencies can be used along with the Core Competencies to help guide development of job descriptions, performance objectives, training, workforce development plans, academic curricula, and other tools and resources to support the activities and growth of PI professionals. This session will introduce the PI Competencies and explore strategies and resources that can help support implementation of these competencies within local health department workforce development efforts. Participants will be engaged in large and small group discussion during this interactive session designed to share ideas, strategies, and resources for ensuring a skilled PI workforce.

Keywords

Workforce, Leadership & Management, Accreditation

Kathleen Amos, MLIS

Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages
Public Health Foundation

Kathleen Amos, MLIS, serves as the Assistant Director, Academic/Practice Linkages for the Public Health Foundation (PHF). In this role, she supports collaborative public health workforce development initiatives designed to strengthen connections between public health practice, academia, and healthcare. She coordinates the activities of the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice and its various initiatives, including the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and the Academic Health Department Learning Community, as well as efforts related to increasing the use of evidence in community health improvement activities. Ms. Amos’ prior experience includes fellowship placements with PHF, the University of Utah, and the National Library of Medicine. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology, both from Dalhousie University.

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Ron Bialek, MPP

President
Public Health Foundation

Ron Bialek, MPP, has been serving as President and CEO of the Public Health Foundation (PHF) since 1997. He has focused PHF’s efforts on developing and implementing innovative strategies for improving performance of public health agencies and systems. Initiatives include developing performance management and quality improvement tools and training for population health professionals; developing the consensus set of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and the Academic Health Department Learning Community through the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages); and creating the nation’s most comprehensive public health learning network – TRAIN. Mr. Bialek is the Director of the Council on Linkages, served as Chair of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health, and is an advisory committee member of the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness. His recent publications include the 2017 book, "Solving Population Health Problems Through Collaboration." Before joining PHF, Mr. Bialek was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health for nine years and spent three years in state government serving as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Health Regulation in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Mr. Bialek's BA in political science and MPP were received from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Ron Bialek, MPP

President
Public Health Foundation

Ron Bialek, MPP, has been serving as President and CEO of the Public Health Foundation (PHF) since 1997. He has focused PHF’s efforts on developing and implementing innovative strategies for improving performance of public health agencies and systems. Initiatives include developing performance management and quality improvement tools and training for population health professionals; developing the consensus set of Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals and the Academic Health Department Learning Community through the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages); and creating the nation’s most comprehensive public health learning network – TRAIN. Mr. Bialek is the Director of the Council on Linkages, served as Chair of the Montgomery County (MD) Commission on Health, and is an advisory committee member of the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness. His recent publications include the 2017 book, "Solving Population Health Problems Through Collaboration." Before joining PHF, Mr. Bialek was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health for nine years and spent three years in state government serving as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Health Regulation in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Mr. Bialek's BA in political science and MPP were received from the Johns Hopkins University.

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