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Domain #1: Analytic Assessment Skill

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Defines a problems

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Determines appropriate uses and limitations of both quantitative and qualitative data

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Selects and defines variables relevant to defined public health problems

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Identifies relevant and appropriate data and information sources

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Evaluates the integrity and comparability of data and identifies gaps in data sources

Aware

Proficient

Proficient

Applies ethical principles to the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of data and information

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Partners with communities to attach meaning to collected quantitative and qualitative data

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Makes relevant inferences from quantitative and qualitative data

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Obtains and interprets information regarding risks and benefits to the community

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Applies data collection processes, information technology applications, and computer systems storage/retrieval strategies

Aware to knowledgeable

Knowledgeable to proficient

Knowledgeable to proficient

Recognizes how the data illuminates ethical, political, scientific, economic, and overall public health issues

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Domain #2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Collects, summarizes, and interprets information relevant to an issue

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

States policy options and writes clear and concise policy statements

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Identifies, interprets, and implements public health laws, regulations, and policies related to specific programs

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Articulates the health, fiscal, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of each policy option

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

States the feasibility and expected outcomes of each policy option

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Utilizes current techniques in decision analysis and health planning

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Decides on the appropriate course of action

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Develops a plan to implement policy, including goals, outcome and process objectives, and implementation steps

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Translates policy into organizational plans, structures, and programs

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Prepares and implements emergency response plans

Aware to knowledgeable

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Develops mechanisms to monitor and evaluate programs for their effectiveness and quality

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Domain #3: Communication Skills 

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Communicates effectively both in writing and orally, or in other ways

Proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Solicits input from individuals and organizations

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Advocates for public health programs and resources

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Leads and participates in groups to address specific issues

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Uses the media, advanced technologies, and community networks to communicate information

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Effectively presents accurate demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for professional and lay audiences

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Attitudes

Listens to others in an unbiased manner, respects points of view of others, and promotes the expression of diverse opinions and perspectives

Proficient

Proficient

Proficient

   Domain #4: Cultural Competency Skills 

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting sensitively, effectively, and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences

Proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Identifies the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of public health services

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Develops and adapts approaches to problems that take into account cultural differences

Proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Attitudes

Understands the dynamic forces contributing to cultural diversity

Knowledgeable

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Understands the importance of a diverse public health workforce

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

 Domain #5: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills 

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Establishes and maintains linkages with key stakeholders

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Utilizes leadership, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills to build community partnerships

Aware to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Collaborates with community partners to promote the health of the population

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Identifies how public and private organizations operate within a community

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Accomplishes effective community engagements

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Identifies community assets and available resources

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Develops, implements, and evaluates a community public health assessment

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Describes the role of government in the delivery of community health services

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Domain #6: Basic Public Health Sciences Skills 

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Identifies the individualís and organizationís responsibilities within the context of the Essential Public Health Services and core functions

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Defines, assesses, and understands the health status of populations, determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, and factors influencing the use of health services

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Understands the historical development, structure, and interaction of public health and health care systems

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Identifies and applies basic research methods used in public health

Aware

Proficient

Proficient

Applies the basic public health sciences including behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental public health, and prevention of chronic and infectious diseases and injuries

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Identifies and retrieves current relevant scientific evidence

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Identifies the limitations of research and the importance of observations and interrelationships

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Attitudes

Develops a lifelong commitment to rigorous critical thinking

Knowledgeable to Proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Domain #7: Financial Planning and Management Skills

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Develops and presents a budget

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Manages programs within budget constraints

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Applies budget processes

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Develops strategies for determining budget priorities

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Monitors program performance

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Prepares proposals for funding from external sources

Aware

Proficient

Proficient

Applies basic human relations skills to the management of organizations, motivation of personnel, and resolution of conflicts

Aware to knowledgeable

Proficient

Proficient

Manages information systems for collection, retrieval, and use of data for decision-making

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Negotiates and develops contracts and other documents for the provision of population-based services

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Conducts cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost utility analyses

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Domain #8: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills

Specific Competencies

Front Line Staff

Senior Level Staff

Supervisory and Management Staff

Creates a culture of ethical standards within organizations and communities

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Proficient

Helps create key values and shared vision and uses these principles to guide action

Aware to knowledgeable

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Identifies internal and external issues that may impact delivery of essential public health services (i.e. strategic planning)

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Facilitates collaboration with internal and external groups to ensure participation of key stakeholders

Aware

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Promotes team and organizational learning

Knowledgeable

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Contributes to development, implementation, and monitoring of organizational performance standards

Aware to knowledgeable

Knowledgeable to proficient

Proficient

Uses the legal and political system to effect change

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

Applies the theory of organizational structures to professional practice

Aware

Knowledgeable

Proficient

 

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