Public Health Leadership Competencies for Public Health Practice in Canada released
The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health is proud to co-announce the release of the Leadership Competencies for Public Health practice in Canada.
In 2013, Community Health Nurses of Canada in partnership with Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors and Manitoba Public Health Managers Network received funding for a three year project to develop Leadership Competencies for Public Health Practice in Canada. The Collaborating Centre was a member of the project’s national expert advisory committee.
Competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes that people use at work, school and in other environments. In this case, competencies provide a structured guide to professionals. The leadership competencies are to be used by public health practitioners at all levels of an organization and across all disciplines. The development of Public Health Leadership Competencies used multi-faceted methods to draw upon literature and used a modified Delphi process to test and validate draft competency statements with practitioners in seven public health disciplines. This means that the finalized competencies reflect a high level of agreement among nurses, dieticians, inspectors, dentists, doctors, health promoters and epidemiologists.
“The single most important thing we want stakeholders to take away regarding the implementation of the leadership competencies is: we want the groups involved to understand the competencies, to apply them by implementing the leadership competencies into practice and organizational policies and to create opportunities for leadership development” says the project steering committee.
The initial release of the new public health leadership competencies took place at the 10th National Community Health Nurses of Canada Conference in Winnipeg on June 24, 2015. Hard copies of the Public Health Leadership competencies are available through the Community Health Nurses of Canada and will soon be accessible on their website.