Public Health

STRATEGY 1

Public health organizations should develop and maintain a workforce with competence and expertise in physical activity and health and that has ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity.     (PH-1)

TACTICS:

Promote efforts by CDC, professional societies, and academic institutions to provide training and capacity building in the use, adaptation, and evaluation of evidence-based physical activity promotion strategies.

Objectives:

  • By 2020, CDC, professional societies, and academic institutions will inventory existing physical activity trainings and dissemination efforts.
  • By 2025, CDC, professional societies, and academic institutions will increase dissemination of these trainings by 20%.

Build the capacity of practitioners to monitor key outcome measures of chosen physical activity interventions.   (PH-1.2)

Enhance academic programs with physical activity practitioner core competencies embedded into the curricula of public health and other disciplines (e.g., healthcare, education, transportation and planning, parks and recreation).

Objective: By 2025, physical activity practitioner organizations will partner with academic collaborators to increase the number of programs with physical activity practitioner core competencies to at least 20 programs.

Increase the number of Master’s of Public Health (MPH) programs that provide training on physical activity and its promotion. Increase the number of graduates from these programs. (PH-1.4)

Expand recruitment, outreach, and training efforts to engage students of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; students with disabilities; and students representing groups at particular risk of physical inactivity. (PH-1.5)

Objective: By 2020, public health professional organizations will develop resources for training and mentorship of underrepresented groups.

Encourage professional societies to sponsor scholarship programs for students of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; students with disabilities; and students representing groups at particular risk of physical inactivity. (PH-1.6)

Collaborate with a wide range of organizations, including those representing minority ethnic groups and persons with disabilities, to build a diverse public health work force that is well prepared to promote physical activity. (PH-1.7)

Support and expand training opportunities (e.g., Physical Activity and Public Health Course) based on core competencies for practitioners, paraprofessionals, community health workers, and professionals from other sectors.  (PH-1.8)

Develop interdisciplinary training to ensure that physical activity and public health concepts are connected to other disciplines; also include leadership development and team-building.  (PH-1.9)

Increase the number of professionals who are certified Physical Activity and Public Health Specialists. (PH-1.10)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, the National Physical Activity Society will increase the number of Physical Activity and Public Health Specialists to 500 active certifications.
  • By 2025, the National Physical Activity Society will increase the number of Physical Activity and Public Health Specialists to 750 active certifications.

Support the creation of a physical activity and health unit in state health departments that functions as part of an integrated and coordinated approach to chronic disease prevention. (PH-1.11)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, state health departments in at least half of all states will have a physical activity and health unit. 
  • By 2025, 75% of state health departments will have a physical activity and health unit. 

Staff these units with certified Physical Activity and Public Health Specialists and with professionals from other disciplines with whom public health must collaborate in order to provide opportunities for physical activity within communities.  (PH-1.12)

Encourage national and state public health associations to form physical activity sections within their organizations. (PH-1.13)

Objective: By 2020, at least 75% of national and state public health associations will have a physical activity section within their organization.

Encourage professional societies in public health to adopt and disseminate core competencies for public health practitioners in physical activity, update the core competencies regularly. (PH-1.14)

 

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