Background and Need: Public Health 3.0 recognized the need for a strong, diverse workforce capable of working in structured coalitions, leveraging actionable data, and communicating inside and outside of the traditional health sector. Public health workforce assessments identify the need for strategic skill sets, especially in the domains of place-based approaches; systems thinking and intervention design; and use of data.
Purpose and Approach: PHI proposes to improve chronic disease services by building the capacity of the current public health and healthcare workforce. The purpose of our application is to strengthen capacity of professionals working on chronic disease (chronic disease directors, directors of health promotion, and chronic disease program practitioners, and others) to plan, coordinate, implement, and assess effective chronic disease initiatives, working in partnership with communities.
For Phase 1 activities in support of Category B (Workforce Segments), PHI will develop and implement The Chronic Disease Capacity Building Initiative (CDCBI). This 6-month program uses an experiential learning process that includes participatory web-based learning (e.g. videos, lectures, readings), online coaching support, peer networking, and wrap-around technical assistance to build a place-based movement that addresses chronic disease causal factors.
Outcomes: By the end of year 1, CDCBI will have built the capacity of 30 chronic disease specialists and their teams (usually between 5-8 people), reaching 30 target areas, and at least 180 public health professionals on support teams. By year 5, more than 150 individuals and 900 supporting team members, representing 150 distinct geographic areas, will have completed the CDCBI program. Approximately 90% of participants will have implemented their chronic disease action plans (CDAPs).
Strategies and Activities: To achieve this outcome, PHI will implement a three-pronged strategy:
• Provide capacity building and foundational training to participating individuals and their support teams to improve leadership and workforce competencies in chronic disease
• Support Action-based learning through development of participant-defined CDAPs to be implemented and monitored by participants and their teams
• Quality Improvement approaches integrated at the participant and program level.
Our chronic disease experience and capacity: PHI has the geographic, programmatic, and functional expertise required to build capacity of leaders and organizations to improve chronic disease and public health. Currently, PHI implements 180+ programs and initiatives that spans the US in all 10 HHS regions and globally, working to advance health equity and address chronic disease and improve the social and health of underserved populations. Since 2000, PHI has been awarded over 50 awards from the CDC with a total value of over $90 million, including multiple projects to build chronic disease capacity. PHI’s strong administrative and operational platform creates a flexible, scalable and cost-effective infrastructure for this program. PHI’s CDCBI team comprises an experienced team of current PHI chronic disease specialists and learning design professionals complemented by external consultants/public health practitioners and evaluators.