Recent national studies have reported a shortage of trained public health professionals. In Kentucky, more than half of the public health workforce lacks formal education/training in the essential services of the core functions of public health. The viability of the public health infrastructure in the Commonwealth depends on a capable workforce fully competent to respond to the challenge of assuring health to all Kentuckians.
During the fall of 2006, a survey was administered to measure the core competencies of directors of local health departments in Kentucky. The analysis and interpretation of this survey information has identified specific educational needs of the public health workforce. Using this information, this project will establish a model for demonstrating collaborative efforts by the Kentucky Institute of Public Health Practice Enhancement to develop a curriculum addressing the identified educational needs of the public health workforce.
The University of Kentucky’s Prevention Research Center, a funding source for this project, has two goals that are consistent with the aims of the Institute: 1) maintaining an ongoing partnership with providers of public health at the local level and 2) providing technical assistance and training to practitioners. An additional source of funding is the Southeast Public Health Training Center. The Kentucky Institute of Public Health Practice Enhancement will serve as a bridge between academia and public health practice in this collaborative effort for addressing the workforce development of public health practitioners at the local and state levels. The Institute will provide a practice-based environment for the public health workforce, students and faculty to learn and to teach.
To improve the health outcomes and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in Kentucky by enhancing public health practice
To enhance the professional development of the public health workforce in the Commonwealth
The Mission of the Kentucky Institute for Public Health Practice Enhancement is to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in Kentucky by enhancing public health practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The name of this organization is Kentucky Institute of Public Health Practice Enhancement, hereinafter referred to in the Bylaws as the Institute.
The purpose of the Institute shall be to develop and deliver post-secondary and continuing education courses to address identified educational and training needs of the public health workforce in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The functions of the Institute shall include the following:
Each of the following organizations shall appoint one representative to serve on the Governing Board of the Institute:
The Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and be approved by the Governing Board. The Governing Board shall elect a chairperson and a secretary from its membership.
Committees may be appointed in such a manner and for such a length of time as may be designated by a resolution adopted by a majority of the members present at a meeting of the Governing Board at which a quorum is present.
Governing Board meetings shall be held at a time and place agreed upon by its members or as called by the Chair. The Board shall meet at least semi-annually.
Unless otherwise provided in a resolution, four members of the Governing Board present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Board. The Bylaws may be amended by ballot at any regular, or special, meeting. The proposed amendment shall have been distributed to the Board two (2) weeks in advance of the meeting, or two (2) weeks in advance of the requested vote.
The Governing Board shall review bylaws annually.
These Bylaws shall be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a meeting of the Governing Board having been provided a copy of the proposed Bylaws prior to the meeting. These Bylaws become effective immediately upon approval.
Approved: 19 February, 2008
Kentucky Public Health Association
Kentucky Health Department
University of Kentucky
Kentucky Health Department
Western Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University
University of Louisville
Continuing education courses are designed to provide a bridge between academia and public health practice for public health practitioners. Each course will highlight key topics for those working in the public health arena. These are to be 1 to 2 hour continuing education courses that will be made available through KEN-NECT. The first course will be in April and the remainder courses will follow every three months.
Public health is an important issue facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky. According to the American Public Health Association, Kentucky currently ranks 37th in the nation for overall health. Some of the most pressing issues facing the Commonwealth include a high rate of smoking, a high rate of cancer and cardiovascular disease death, a high rate of preventable hospitalizations, and high levels of air pollution. The University of Kentucky President, Dr. Lee Todd, often refers to the “Kentucky Uglies” which are those attributes that are addressable with current technology and knowledge but make Kentucky less than it could be if those attributes did not exist. It is imperative to promote and educate a competent Public Health workforce. Although Bachelor’s, MPH, and DrPh programs are available at various universities in Kentucky, there is nothing available for people who wish to pursue Public Health education without completing a specific degree in Public Health. The certificate is designed to introduce students to Public Health and encourage interests in Public Health through a sequence of courses.
This proposal for an 18-credit hour undergraduate certificate is intended to enhance the training opportunities for students with an interest in public health.
To prepare students with an interest in Public Health to address the multi-factorial issues in Kentucky. To provide students with theoretical, practical, and relevant educational experiences in Public Health to enhance the health and welfare of individuals, families, and communities.
The Undergraduate Certificate consists of 18 required credit hours.
Brown bags are one hour sessions designed be an informal venue for students, faculty, and public health practitioners to listen in on selected topics in public health. A new session is offered on the last Wednesday of each month. Each month a new speaker highlights a different topic. Future brown bag session topics are to include: Current Public Health Issues and Events, Advocacy and Policy, Marketing Public Health, and more. Brown bags are held at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health. People interested are also able to participate through KEN-NECT.
February 2009 - Foodborne Illness Session (pdf format)
March 2009 - Current Public Health Issues Session (pdf format)