• Workplant 2008-2009
  • Workplan 2007-2008

Kentucky Institute of Public Health Enhancement
Principal Investigator, Raymond E. Hill, Dr.P.H
Workplan October 2008 - September 2009

The Mission of the Kentucky Institute of 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.

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:

  1. Provide a professional application of interdisciplinary scientific scholarship through community engagement to create and disseminate knowledge in furthering the core public health functions.
  2. Facilitate communication and interaction among local public health leaders and institutions.
  3. Establish and support linkages among local public health leaders, state public health leaders, public health departments, and universities that are educating the public health workforce.
  4. Serve as a bridge between academia and public health practice in this collaborative effort for address the workforce educational development of public health practitioners at the local and state levels.

A representative from each of the following organizations serves on the Governing Board:

  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Kentucky Public Health Association
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • Western Kentucky University

The University of Kentucky (UK) Prevention Research Center (PRC) is providing financial support for this project. The project is consistent with two of UK PRC’s goals including maintaining an ongoing partnership with the Kentucky Department of Public Health and providing technical assistance/training to partners.

Work Plan:
Work Plan Activities
Expected Date of Completion:
Accomplishments (Specify Time Period)

1.Graduate first class in the Undergraduate Certificate in Public Health

The five certificate courses will be offered during the year by the four universities

Sep 2009

 

2. Determine what changes can be made in the state merit system to reward those completing the certificate.

Establish a working committee to develop a plan of action.

Dec 2008

 

Implement action plan and develop recommendations.

Jul 2009

 

3. Obtain legislative support for the Institutes’ efforts on workforce development.

Establish a working committee to develop a plan of action.

Oct 2008

 

Implement plan of action.

Jan 2009

 

4. Conduct a needs assessment for continuing education.

Establish a working committee to develop a plan of action.

Ocr 2008

 

Gather the necessary information.

May 2008

 

Develop an implementation plan for the identified educational needs.

Sep 2008

 

 

Kentucky Institute of Public Health Enhancement
Principal Investigator, Raymond E. Hill, Dr.P.H
Workplan January 2007 – August 2008

Background:

Ray Hill, Dr.P.H., UK College of Public Health in collaboration with the Local Health Department Directors in Kentucky is initiating a project designed to enhance work force skills among employees, targeting individuals in management or leadership positions. The UK PRC is providing financial support for this effort. The project is consistent with two of UK PRC’s goals including maintaining an ongoing partnership with the KDPH and providing technical assistance/training to partners.

Project Goals:

1. To conduct a needs analysis, assessing the basic level of core competences in the individuals who head programs, provide management to staff, and/or are in leadership positions that routinely influence public health policy at the local level in Kentucky. 2. If the outcome of the needs analysis identifies gaps between the current competency levels of “Leaders,” the next step will be to design and deliver a curricula to address the identified educational needs.

Work Plan:
Work Plan Activities
Expected Date of Completion:
Accomplishments (Specify Time Period)

1. Administer a survey to measure the management competencies of managers (grade 18 and above) in the local health departments in Kentucky and interpret results.

Administer Survey Noted challenge and resolution: to offset the potential of low return rate on the survey, an advisory committee of local health department directors was established to provide guidance and support.

Sep-Dec 2006

Completed

Interpret results Jan-Feb 2007 Completed

2. The University of Kentucky College of Public will establish the Kentucky Institute of Public Health

Practice Enhancement
1. The College of Public Health will designate a faculty member Director of the Institute.

Jan 2007

Dr. Raymond Hill has been appointed Director

2. The Director will establish the organizational structure of the Institute.

Apr 2007

Completed

3. The Director will meet with the advisory/curriculum committee to begin the strategic planning process of the Institute Noted challenge and resolution: to insure attendance of advisory committee members two day retreats in various locations will be planed; a total of four two day meetings are planned, which may prove to be too little, resulting in the need for additional meeting.

Apr-Jun 2007

At the recent KPHA conference in Louisville, the organizational structure of the Institute was presented to advisory committee At this meeting, participants discussed convening focus groups this summer to formulate the Workforce Development Plan. When completed, this plan will represent a consensus on the core competencies to be included in the course curriculum. The first meeting of the focus group will be in June.

4. Monthly meetings with the advisor/curriculum committee, reference the strategic planning process. • First draft of strategic plan • Complete the strategic plan.

3. Increase the knowledge of the public health workforce by including the concepts of evidence based practice in the curriculum.

1. Complete a plan for public health workforce curriculum development.

Oct 2007

The advisory committee has established the development of an undergraduate certificate as the first priority for curriculum development. The advisory committee will be attending a retreat on November 29 & 30 to outline the courses for each of the five core areas of public health. This meeting will also continue the strategic planning process.

2. Develop consensus for the plan from local health department directors/administrators.

Dec 2007

The advisory group and the Governing Board meet on November 29 & 30 and established work groups to plan approaches and/or implementation schedules for the following.
1) Define the undergraduate certificate requirements and obtain all four universities buy-in.
2) Increase awareness of the Institute among key players such as; Kentucky public Health Ass., Kentucky Health Department Ass., County Judge Executives’.
3) Offer at least one of the five courses in the next six months.
4) Determine what changes if any should be make in the state merit system that would encourage employees to obtain the certificate.
5) Determine a strategy to get legislative support for supporting the Institutes’ efforts on workforce development.
6) Conduct a needs assessment for continuing education.
7) Develop a marking/branding strategy.
The group felt the biggest need is to identify a predictable and funding source for the next two years 2008-2010. The ultimate goal is for the Institute to be self-sustaining by 2011.

4. The public health workforce will access and complete courses at the workplace.

1. Develop curricula for courses.

Apr 2008

First draft of syllabus completed for all five core courses, final due May 20th.

2. Pilot courses at three health departments

Jun 2008

Completed

3. Evaluate the piloted courses and make necessary corrections

Aug 2008

First course will be offered in the Spring of 09