Mastering Public Health Essential Skills for Effective Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-10-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Mastering Public Healthwill enable you to improve your performance and productivity within your organization and with the people and the communities you serve. Designed for new and seasoned public health workers alike, this user-friendly guide focuses on the day-to-day practical skills and competencies that are often not taught in educational or training programs. It is a how-to book with tools, techniques, tips, checklists, and other resources that will assist you in developing your competencies in the areas of communication, administration and management, and leadership. Using this book will enable you to be more effective in many areas of your work, including: - Communicating with the public - Advocating for programs and policies - Speaking and writing - Being culturally competent - Planning, budgeting, and obtaining funding - Recruiting and developing employees - Improving quality, and initiating and sustaining change - Creating a vision and inspiring others The 60 contributors to this book are experts in public health as well as in the fields of education and organizational management. They have worked in federal, state, and local government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and consulting organizations. In their chapters, commentaries, and textboxes, they share their expertise and experience and describe best practices. Their personal stories illustrate real-world challenges they faced and successes they achieved.

Author Biography

barry S. levy, M.D., m.p.h., is a physician and epidemiologist who has had extensive experience in public health practice, education, research, and consulting in the United States and more than 20 other countries. He is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and a former president of the American Public Health Association. He has co-edited 15 other books and has written numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of public health subjects. Joyce R. gaufin, B.s., is Executive Director of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute, a member of the APHA Executive Board, a past president of the Utah Public Health Association, and a former chair of the National Public Health Leadership Development Network. Her career has focused on management and'leadership training, organization development, and consultation for state and local public health agencies. She has expertise in emergency preparedness, quality improvement, and creating new programs and collaborative efforts.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xv
Communicating with the Publicp. 3
Lessons Learned from Communicating with the Publicp. 26
How to Prepare for a Media Interviewp. 30
Persuading Others: How to Advocatep. 34
Lessons Learned from Advocacy for Health Care Reformp. 48
Lessons Learned from Advocacy for the Promotion of Peace and Public Healthp. 51
How Public Health Workers Can Be Directly Involved in Policymaking Processesp. 55
Making a Presentationp. 60
Using Active Learning to Make Presentations Memorablep. 71
Making Presentations with Passion and Propsp. 73
An Example of How to Accept an Award with Humility, Authenticity, and Gracep. 76
Writing for Publicationp. 79
Honing Your Writing Skills for Peer-Reviewed Publicationp. 92
21 Tips for Clearer Writingp. 97
The Evolution of Writing a Book: My Experiencep. 100
Practicing Cultural Competencep. 102
Two Examples of the Importance of Cultural Competencep. 128
Administration and Management
Working Within an Organizationp. 133
Lessons Learned from Working in Organizationsp. 146
Planning and Budgetingp. 151
How to Plan and Budget in an Emergency Situationp. 164
Lessons Learned from Experience in Financial Management and Oversightp. 171
Improving and Maintaining Qualityp. 174
Improving Quality in Your Organizationp. 194
Obtaining Funding
Fundraising from Individuals and Corporationsp. 212
Recruiting and Developing Employeesp. 217
Hiring and Retaining the Right Workers in the Right Jobsp. 234
Creating a Vision and Inspiring Othersp. 241
p. 256
Transforming Organizations by Using Systems Thinkingp. 268
Lessons Learned in Transforming the Veterans Health Systemp. 283
Creating and Sustaining Changep. 292
Fluoridation: Bringing About and Maintaining Changep. 305
Build the Stomach for the Journeyp. 311
Facilitating Negotiation and Mediationp. 313
Lessons Learned About Negotiation from a Career in Public Healthp. 333
Collaborating with Othersp. 335
Lessons Learned from Establishing a Collaborative Graduate Program That Evolved into a Collaborative School of Public Healthp. 345
A Funder's Work to Facilitate and Nurture Collaborationp. 349
Indexp. 355
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