|Study to compare effect of public health worker skills with local health department capacity|
CHAPEL HILL - In an effort to understand better what factors influence a well- performing local public health agency, the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina was awarded a one-year, $102,500 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The study, to be conducted at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), will examine the correlation between delivery of public health services at the organizational level with public health workforce performance of essential services.
Dr. Edward L. Baker, research professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health and director of NCIPH, will serve as principal investigator of the project. Says Baker, a former division chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "We're predicting that this look at individual and organizational contributions to public health infrastructure will contribute to the national dialogue about how public health works and about the exciting new policies around accreditation and workforce development in North Carolina."Public health departments are responsible for a range of vital health services, including:
As local health departments in North Carolina continue to undergo its accreditation process, findings from this research should provide evidence to support more formal approaches to enhancing workforce development (e.g. certification and credentialing) and public health agency accreditation.
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health is the outreach and service arm of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. For more information, visit www.sph.unc.edu/nciph.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
School of Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, (919) 966-7467, firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, Bev Holt, NC Institute for Public Health, (919) 966-6274, email@example.com