A Model for Training Public Health Workers in Health Policy: the Nebraska Health Policy Academy
Published Date:May 15 2014
Source:Prev Chronic Dis. 11.
Keywords:Academies And Institutes
Public Health Practice
Tools And Techniques
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4023675
Funding:CDC-RFA-CD10-1011/PHS HHS/United States
Description:There is growing recognition that health goals are more likely to be achieved and sustained if programs are complemented by appropriate changes in the policies, systems, and environments that shape their communities. However, the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to create and implement policy are among the major needs identified by practitioners at both the state and local levels. This article describes the structure and content of the Nebraska Health Policy Academy (the Academy), a 9-month program developed to meet the demand for this training. The Academy is a competency-based training program that aims to increase the capacity of Nebraska's state and local public health staff and their community partners to use public health policy and law as a public health tool. Our initiative allows for participation across a large, sparsely populated state; is grounded in adult learning theory; introduces the key principles and practices of policy, systems, and environmental change; and is offered free of charge to the state's public health workforce. Challenges and lessons learned when offering workforce development on public health policy efforts are discussed.
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