DOMAIN 8

Maintain a competent public health workforce
Standard 8.1: Encourage the development of a sufficient number of qualified public health workers

PHAB Measures

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

PHAB Measures

Measure 8.1.1:

(S) Relationship and collaboration with educational programs that promote the development of future public health workers.

(T/L) Relationships and/or collaborations that promote the development of future public health workers.

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

HAI/AR Programs are expected to work with public health and healthcare partners to facilitate and implement HAI/AR prevention education and training to prepare the public health workforce to detect, respond to and prevent outbreaks and transmission of HAI/AR and to distribute relevant training materials to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

Context: State HDs must demonstrate partnership or collaboration with educational programs for example public health nursing, medicine, schools of public health as a means to promote public health as a career choice. Tribal and local HDs must demonstrate a collaboration with educational programs and may also consider including partnerships with high schools, 4-H clubs, community colleges, etc.

Opportunity: If HAI/AR Program staff engage faculty from academic institutions or public health experts with HD staff to enhance their capacity and skills this may provide an example for this measure.

Standard 8.2: Assess staff competencies and address gaps by enabling organizational and individual training and development opportunities.

PHAB Measures

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

PHAB Measures

Measure 8.2.1:

(All) Workforce development strategies

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

Jurisdictions are expected to work with public health and healthcare partners to assess staff competencies to detect, respond to and prevent outbreaks and transmission HAIs and AR threats.

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

Context: HDs must provide a HD-specific workforce development plan.

Opportunity: Both PHAB and HAI/AR programs expect attention to workforce development and use of core competencies. Activities in the HAI/AR program area should be part of and reinforce broader HD workforce development efforts.

PHAB Measures

Measure 8.2.2:

(All) A competent HD workforce

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

Jurisdictions hire individuals with appropriate expertise or provide training competencies and conducting local training for infection control, outbreak response, laboratory testing and appropriate use of surveillance systems (e.g. NHSN) including facility and group enrollment, data collection, management and analysis.

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

Context: HDs must document the recruitment of individuals who are qualified for their public health specialty position.

Opportunity: While the documentation and examples will likely be provided by Human Resources staff, HAI/AR Programs should be aware of recruitment and retention considerations and recruitment for HAI-related positions (such as a HAI Coordinator) could serve as an example.

PHAB Measures

Measure 8.2.3:

(All) Professional and career development for all staff

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

HAI/AR Programs provide a variety of training opportunities to their staff including public health investigation, infection control, and data analysis to build expertise and capacity to address HAI/AR surveillance and prevention.

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

Context: All staff should have opportunities for professional development. This measure requires examples for staff participation in continuing education and/or professional development plans and leadership and management training and development.

Opportunity: While the documentation will likely be produced from Human Resources staff, HAI/AR staff should be aware and engaged in professional development and continuing education opportunities.

PHAB Measures

Measure 8.2.4:

(All) Work environment that is supportive to the workforce

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

n/a

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

n/a

PHAB Measures

Measure 8.2.5:

(S) Consultation and/or technical assistance provided to Tribal and local HDs regarding evidence-based and/or promising practices in the development of workforce capacity, training, and continuing education

HAI/AR Specific Programs or Activities

n/a

Opportunities / Considerations For Connections Between HAI/AR and Accreditation

n/a