Core competencies encompass essential knowledge and skills that are widely considered necessary to work in a field.
Most workforce development opportunities offered by Safe States Alliance through the Training Center are mapped to both the Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention and the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. Some workforce development opportunities may reflect additional competencies, such as the Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies.
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Safe States Alliance partnered with the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) in 2000 to form the National Training Initiative for Injury and Violence Prevention (NTI) and begin defining essential knowledge and skills that injury and violence prevention professionals need to reach their greatest potential in the field. Through this initiative, both organizations worked together, and with other partners, to develop the Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention to address the training needs of professionals working in this field.
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The Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention encompass essential knowledge and skills that are widely considered necessary to work in the field of injury and violence prevention. These competencies provide a basis for workforce development in this field and are intended to guide workforce and curriculum development efforts.
For more information about the development and use of these core competencies:
The core competencies are listed below. Click here to download a list of these core competencies with detailed learning objectives.
The Core Competencies for Injury and Violence Prevention can be used to:
Helpful tools for using the core competencies include:
The Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals encompass essential knowledge and skills that are widely considered necessary to work in the broad field of public health (defined by the 10 Essential Public Health Services).
These core competencies:
As described on the Public Health Foundation’s webpage on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals, these competencies “provide a framework for workforce development planning and action, and can serve as a starting point for public health professionals and organizations as they work to better understand and meet workforce development needs, improve performance, prepare for accreditation, and enhance the health of the communities they serve.”
The Public Health Foundation’s webpage provides extensive information and resources for these competencies, including:
See the Safe States Alliance Training Center’s Self-Assessments page for the Competency Assessments for Public Health tool.
The Public Health Preparedness and Response Core Competencies establish a common performance goal for the public health preparedness workforce: to proficiently perform assigned prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery role(s) in accordance with established national, state, and local health security and public health policies, laws, and systems. These competencies – and an individual's ability to meet the common performance goal – are based on competencies acquired from three sources: foundational public health competencies, generic health security or emergency core competencies, and position-specific or professional competencies.
The competencies are listed below. A detailed document and the Public Health Preparedness and Response Competency Map can be found here.
1. Model Leadership
2. Communicate and Model Information
3. Plan for and Improve Practice
4. Protect Worker Health and Safety
The Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Competencies for Applied Epidemiologists in Governmental Public Health Agencies (Applied Epidemiology Competencies, or AECs) to improve the practice of epidemiology within the public health system.
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