Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

The Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages) Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) were designed for public health professionals at three different levels: Tier 1 (entry level), Tier 2 (supervisors and managers) and Tier 3 (senior managers and CEOs). The Core Competencies are a set of skills desirable for the broad practice of public health, reflecting the characteristics that staff of public health organizations may want to possess as they work to protect and promote health in the community (i.e., deliver the Essential Public Health Services).

The Core Competencies are designed to serve as a starting point for academic and practice organizations to understand, assess, and meet training and workforce needs. They are being used by hundreds of health departments and public health professionals across the country and abroad. Consider using the Core Competencies to assist with workforce development efforts in your organization today!

Community Health Needs Assessments

In June 2013, OPHP, in collaboration with CT Association of Directors of Health, CT Hospital Association, CT Department of Public Health and CT Public Health Association offered a workshop titled Conducting Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). It was designed to enhance the comprehension of the CHNA process, familiarize participants with the use of the tool "Guidelines for Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment" and share CT based 'promising practices' on local health department/hospital community collaborations. 

Workshop Materials

Additional Resources

Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative

OPHP has been awarded a contract from the CT Department of Public Health to provide training to local health departments/districts (LHD) on Performance Management and Quality Improvement. This training is designed to support LHDs as they consider national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). We currently have five CT LHD’s participating in the collaborative.

Course Materials

Sample Storyboards

Community Health Workers Resources

The Southern CT State University, Department of Public Health and OPHP the CT-RI PHTC partnered to sponsor the "Promoting the Public Health Workforce with Community Health Workers" symposium on June 21, 2013. The purpose of the symposium was to foster a broader understanding of the roles of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in implementing public health programs and delivering health services and to provide a forum to discuss how the work of CHWs can be expanded in Connecticut. Presentations from symposium presenters are below.