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PHI-1.4.2 Data Details

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PHI-1.4.2 Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into performance evaluations

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Profile of Local Health Departments
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
14 (2013)
Target: 
15
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of local health agencies that incorporate core competencies for public health professionals into performance evaluations

Denominator: 

Number of local public health agencies that responded to this item in the NACCHO Profile survey

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments (LHD):

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Does your LHD use core competencies for public health workers developed by the Council on Linkages (Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice) in any of the following ways? (Select all that apply)

    1. Writing position descriptions
    2. Conducting staff performance evaluations
    3. Assessing staff training needs
    4. Developing staff training plans
    5. Other use (Please specify)
    6. Have not used
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

    The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies) are a consensus set of skills for the broad practice of public health, as defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services. Developed by the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice (Council on Linkages), the Core Competencies reflect foundational skills desirable for professionals engaging in the practice, education, and research of public health. These competencies are organized into eight domains, reflecting skill areas within public health, and three tiers, representing career stages for public health professionals.

    The National Profile of Local Health Departments study (Profile) is the most comprehensive source of information on the infrastructure and programs of local health departments in the U.S. All local health departments in the U.S. are surveyed about their organization, responsibilities, workforce, funding, and other topics. The Profile study has been periodically collecting data from local health departments (LHDs) since 1989 and recently completed its seventh wave in 2013.

    The Profile defines a local health department (LHD) as an administrative or service unit of local or state government concerned with health and carrying out some responsibility for the health of a jurisdiction smaller than the state. The 2013 Profile survey was fielded through an email sent to the top agency executive of every eligible LHD. The email included a link to a web-based questionnaire, preloaded with information specific to the LHD. Paper questionnaires were available upon request for a subset of small LHDs. A core set of questions was sent to all LHDs.

    Local health agencies that responded "Conducting staff performance evaluations" to the survey question "Does your LHD use core competencies for public health workers developed by the Council on Linkages (Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice) in any of the following ways? (Select all that apply)" were counted in the numerator.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 23-08b in that the objective statement was revised from "Increase the proportion of local health agencies that incorporate core competencies in the essential public health services into job descriptions and performance evaluations" to "Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into performance evaluations."

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2015, objective PHI-1.4 "Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into job descriptions and performance evaluations " was split into two objectives: PHI-1.4.1 "Increase the proportion of State public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into job descriptions" and PHI-1.4.2 "Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that incorporate Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into performance evaluations." The PHI-1.4.2 baseline statement is "14 percent of local public health agencies incorporated Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into performance evaluations in 2013." The PHI-1.4.2 target is 15 percent (10 percent improvement target setting method). The data source is the NACCHO Profile Survey.