November 2012

Tools for Staff Assessment and Workforce Planning: Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

This program was also presented as a concurrent session at the 2012 Community Health Conference.

Local public health leaders are ever mindful of the staff development needs of their departments. The Council on Linkages between Academic and Public Health Practice (with support from the Public Health Foundation) has developed a set of Core Competencies for public health professionals. Please join us to learn more about this competency framework, and see two recently developed tools put into practice by the Stearns County Public Health Division of Human Services.


Img Presentation Slides (PDF)
Img 3-Step Competency Prioritization Sequence (PDF)
Img Competency Assessments for Public Health Professionals
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Img Please Note: There is no recording of this webinar.


  • Renee Frauendienst, Stearns County Public Health
  • Allison Thrash, MDH Office of Performance Improvement

Learning Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of the public health professional core competencies
  • Increase knowledge of a set of quality improvement tools that can be used to develop training plans
  • Learn about a pilot project implemented in Stearns County


PHAB Standards and Measures

8.2.1 Maintain, implement and assess the health department workforce development plan

Public Health Core Competencies

8C5 Advocates for individual, team, and organization learning opportunities within the organization
7C16 Incorporates data and information to improve organization processes and performance
2C12 Implements an organizational wide strategy for continuous quality improvement