Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Policy Briefs: From Plan to Action

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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1.00 hour


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This self-paced course is a step-by-step guide for helping you organize your thinking, strategize and communicate about action items, and propose changes in policies that affect your community.

Intended Audience: Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; public health students

Reviewers say, "Be sure to read the knowledge checks closely. And use the Plan to Action Package as a guide throughout the course." And, "Registering for training requires a period of wait time due to e-mail authentication prior to starting training. Recommend doing this the day before."

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

What You'll Learn

  • Identify the key components of a policy brief.
  • Recognize public health situations in which a policy brief is appropriate.
  • Describe the benefits of using a policy brief process.
  • Apply a process to write your own policy briefs.

Competency Terms

Policy Development & Support
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Strategic Planning
Policy, Program, & Service Development
Communication Skills
Written & Oral Communication
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Grant & Contracts Specialist
Health Officer
Other Management & Leadership
Other Professional
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health/Preventative Medicine Physician
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker

Related Job Tasks

Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Utilize legal and regulatory actions designed to improve and protect the public’s health