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PHI-2.3 Data Details

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PHI-2.3 Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that use Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in continuing education for personnel

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: 
18
Target-Setting Method: 
Minimal statistical significance
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
The 10 percent improvement was selected as the most appropriate target setting method for PHI-2.2. Minimal statistical significance was selected for PHI-2.3 to ensure that the target was a statistically significant change from the baseline; a 10 percent improvement would not have resulted in a statistically significant change.
Numerator: 

Number of local health departments (LHDs) incorporating Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals into developing training plans

Denominator: 

Number of local public health agencies responding to this item in the NACCHO Profile Survey

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
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.

    A local health department (LHD) is defined 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. Local health agencies that responded "Developing staff training plans" 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.

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 2016, objective PHI-2 "Increase the proportion of tribal, state, and local public health personnel who receive continuing education consistent with the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals" was split into three objectives. Of these, one remained developmental and two became measurable: PHI-2.1 “(Developmental) Increase the proportion of tribal public health agencies that use Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in continuing education for personnel,” PHI-2.2 “Increase the proportion of state public health agencies that use Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in continuing education for personnel,” and PHI-2.3 “Increase the proportion of local public health agencies that use Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals in continuing education for personnel.”