Public Health Leader Orientation and Resource Guide - Minnesota Dept. of Heath

Public Health Leader Orientation and Resource Guide

The Orientation and Resource Guide is a joint effort of the Local Public Health Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health Center for Public Health Practice. The guide was initially developed in 2004; this is the second revision. The guide identifies a number of subject/topic areas that are critical for public health leaders to have a basic understanding of and includes a compendium of related resources. The orientation plan incorporates a variety of methodologies and experiences utilizing the expertise of resource people at both the local and state level as well as self-study.

Use this document in conjunction with the information below to move through the guide.

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I. Public Health Introduction
II. Public Health System
III. Legislative Process
IV. Statutes/Ordinances
V. Management and Budgets
VI. Human Resources
VII. Core Public Health Functions
VIII. Health Equity
IX. Community Engagement
X. Leadership Skill Development
XI. Organizational Workforce Development
XII. Increasing the Visibility of Public Health
XIII. Environmental Health
XIV. Health Care Reform
XV. Health Informatics
XVI. Public Health 3.0
XVII. Evolving and Emerging Issues


I. Public Health Introduction


A. Public Health History


B. Public Health Basics


C. Public Health Nursing Cornerstones


D. Public Health Ethics


II. Public Health System


A. At the Federal Level


B. At the Tribal Level


C. Minnesota State Government


D. Minnesota Department of Health


E. Minnesota’s Public Health System/State-Local Partnership


F. Local Public Health Act


G. 10 Essential Public Health Services


H. Areas of Public Health Responsibility


I. Blueprint for Successful Health Departments


J. Healthy People 2020 Objectives


K. Local Public Health Authorities and Mandates


L. State Health Improvement Framework


M. Local Public Health System Development


N. State Contacts and Maps


III. Legislative Process


A. Politics of Public Health


B. Legislative Process


C. Legislative Initiatives


D. State Legislators


E. Public Employees and Lobbying


F. Open Meeting Law


IV. Statutes/Ordinances


A. Local Public Health Act


B. Communicable Disease Reporting


C. Data Practices and HIPAA


D. Records Retention


E. Nurse Practice Act


F. Job Safety


G. Public Health Nuisances

  • Minnesota Public Health Nuisance Handbook, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota


H. Clean Indoor Air Act


I. Clandestine Drug Labs


J. Naloxone Access


K. Local Ordinances


L. Local Ordinance Development


M. Public Health Law


V. Management and Budgets


A. County-Specific Budgeting and Auditing


B. Fiscal Management


C. Billing


D. Working with Grants


E. Budget and Expenditure Reporting


F. Federal Poverty Guidelines


VI. Human Resources


A. Staff Management


B. Protected Groups


C. Employee Assistance Program


D. Labor Negotiation and Contracts


E. Personnel Policies


F. Personnel Safety


G. Benefit Management


H. Volunteer Management


VII. Core Public Health Functions

Local Assessment and Planning


A. Community Health Assessment Models


B. Public Health Data


C. Strategic Planning


D. Community Health Improvement Planning


E. Performance Management / Quality Improvement


F. Evidence-Based Practice


G. Public Health Intervention Wheel


H. Public Health Accreditation

Statewide Assessment and Planning


A. Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment


B. Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Framework


VIII. Health Equity


A. Health Equity / Health Disparities


B. Social Determinants of Health


IX. Community Engagement


A. Importance of Community Engagement


B. Networks, Partnerships, Coalitions


C. Meeting Facilitation


D. Robert’s Rules of Orders


X. Leadership Skill Development


A. Leadership Style Assessment


B. Collaborative Leadership


C. Leadership Resources


D. Self-Care for Leaders


E. Working with Boards


XI. Organizational Workforce Development


A. Mission, Vision, Values


B. How are We Doing?


C. Workforce Development / Public Health Core Competencies


D. Intercultural Development


E. Staff Communication


F. Team Building


G. Coaching and Supervision


H. Generational Differences in the Workplace


XII. Increasing the Visibility of Public Health


A. Branding / Using a Public Health Logo


B. Building and Maintaining Public Trust


C. Orientation to Public Health for Newly Elected Officials


D. Media Relations


E. Social Marketing


F. Risk Communication


G. Storytelling


XIII. Environmental Health


A. Delegation Agreements


B. Drinking Water Protection


C. Licensing Jurisdiction


D. Food, Pools, and Lodging Program


E. Food Safety Partnership


F. Local Partner Resources


G. Manufactured Home Parks, Recreational Camping Areas, Youth Camps


H. MDH Environmental Health Contacts


I. MDH Partnership and Workforce Development Unit


J. Environmental Health Topics


K. Climate Change


XIV. Health Care Reform


A. At the State Level

  • Health Reform Minnesota, MDH


B. At the Federal Level


XV. Health Informatics


A. eHealth


B. The Omaha System


XVI. Public Health 3.0


A. Health Impact Assessment


B. Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing


C. Comprehensive Planning


D. Health in All Policies


E. Public Health as Chief Health Care Strategist


XVII. Evolving and Emerging Issues


A. Promotion of Mental Health Continuum


B. Adverse Childhood Experiences


C. Violence (Including Gun Violence)