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University of Iowa News Release

June 3, 2004

Collaborative Public Health Training Project Earns Award

A project developed by the University of Iowa Institute for Public Health Practice and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies (I-ALPHA) has won a 2004 Linkages Award from the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. The award recognizes exemplary community-based collaborative activities between public health practice agencies and academic institutions of higher learning.

I-ALPHA, which represents 42 local public health agencies in Iowa, and the Institute for Public Health Practice, based in the UI College of Public Health, collaborated on the creation of a workforce development pilot program called the New Public Health Administrator Competency Course. The course provides an introduction to timely public health topics for public health directors, administrators or nurse administrators who are either new to their positions or seeking additional skills and knowledge. The four-month program includes approximately 25 hours of instruction, including modules on leadership, strategic planning, financial management, communications skills, human resources and public health law.

The pilot program placed second in the national Linkages Award competition, earning a cash award of $500 and a commemorative plaque. The top three award winners will also exhibit posters of their projects at an upcoming national conference.

The project's development team included Christopher Atchison, director of the Institute for Public Health Practice and UI College of Public Health associate dean for public health practice; Jörg Westermann, Ph.D., director of continuing education for the Institute for Public Health Practice and UI assistant professor (clinical) of health management and policy; Frances Sadden, I-ALPHA president and director of the Siouxland District Health Department; and L. Graham Dameron, I-ALPHA public health consultant.

The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice is comprised of leaders from national organizations representing the public health practice and academic communities. Its mission is to improve public health practice and education by fostering, coordinating and monitoring links between academia and the public health and health care community; developing and advancing innovative strategies to build and strengthen public health infrastructure; and creating a process for continuing public health education throughout individuals' careers.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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