According to the Council on Education for Public Health, public health practitioners ought to be competent in the following areas of health policy:
• Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
• Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
• Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
• Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
Given your experience in this course, why are these competency areas important? Which competency areas have we addressed in this course? How do you plan to supplement your learning in this course in order to address these competency areas? Which resources or learning opportunities would you recommend to other emerging public health practitioners in order to gain competency in the areas listed above. Please support your recommendations with ample evidence.
Initial Response: Initial responses should be no less than 200 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least two academic/scholarly peer-reviewed references. Please be aware that just “cutting and pasting” sections of articles (in lieu of writing an original initial post) is not acceptable and will negatively impact your grade.