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Two NWCPHP Activities Named Model Practices

The Health Resources and Services Administration, in partnership with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, recently recognized two NWCPHP activities as model practices.
Two NWCPHP Activities Named Model Practices

Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, who initiated the Public Health Management Certificate Program, with NWCPHP staff Sarah Paliulis and Janell Blackmer

The Health Resources and Services Administration, in partnership with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, recently recognized two NWCPHP activities as model practices.

November 22, 2013

The Health Resources and Services Administration, in partnership with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, recently recognized our Hot Topics webinar series and Public Health Management Certificate program as model practices.

Luann D'Ambrosio, MEd, NWCPHP Associate Director, accepted the award on behalf of the staff. She comments, "We are very honored. Our training teams work hard to produce quality learning experiences and we are delighted to be recognized for those efforts."

Submissions from around the country were evaluated on innovation, collaboration, impact, replicability, and other criteria. Applicants were also required to demonstrate how evaluation was used to improve the activity and to explain their lessons learned.

Sarah Paliulis, Hot Topics Coordinator, said the team’s biggest lesson has been to maintain strong connections with the practice community to cover relevant issues from the field. She recommends web-based workforce development training use principles of effective adult education, provide concrete examples, and offer practical tools people can readily apply to their job.

Janell Blackmer, Public Health Management Certificate Program Coordinator, said her biggest lesson has been understanding practitioners' enthusiasm for distance education. She explains, “People are better able to enroll in programs that limit travel and time away from the office.”

Blackmer recommends that web-based training programs record online webinars and make them available to scholars who miss the live broadcast. She explains, “Life doesn't always fit into the class schedule and emergencies happen. We record our sessions to help scholars keep up with the program.”

The model practice awards are one way the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health highlight how public health training centers and their partners are improving the nation’s public health system. The review committee prioritized activities that strengthen the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current and future public health workforce.

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