Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Policy Briefs: From Plan to Action

This course offers CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


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.

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

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

Reviewers say, "Read the items in the knowledge tests carefully. They are very similarly worded and easy to misread from one to the next." and "Use the Plan to Action Package as a guide throughout the course."

They also offer the tip: "Registering for training requires a period of wait time due to e-mail authentication prior to starting training. Recommend doing this the day before."

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
Written & Oral Communication
Advocacy for Public Health

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Related Job Tasks

Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Develop public policy or regulations
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