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  1. Public Health Practice in CanadaHelp Build the Future Pan Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice & Capital Health Core Competencies Workshop Debert, Nova Scotia September 23, 2009 This project has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada

  2. Outline Pan Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice • Foundation • Consultation • Conclusions/Recommendations Capital Health - a tangible application of the Core Competencies

  3. The Foundation Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  4. National Response • Ministers of Health, June 2004 • 10-year action plan to strengthen public health • Public Health Human Resource Task Group • Pan-Canadian framework to strengthen public health capacity & ensure a competent workforce Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  5. Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice • Established in early 2006 • Strategic guidance, expert advice and leadership to enhance public health nutrition practice in Canada. • Leaders from public health nutrition from across Canada • Funding support from the Public Health Agency of Canada through Dietitians of Canada Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  6. Task Force Objectives • Define public health nutrition practice in Canada. • Investigate and report on the need for discipline specific public health nutrition competency sets/frameworks. • Explore an organizational structure that can provide leadership for public health nutrition practice issues in Canada. Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  7. Milestone Achievements • Action Plan for the Task Force • Situational Assessment • Communications • Competency Mapping • Consultation • Recommendations for Action(pending) (Available via the DC Website) Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  8. The Consulation Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  9. From Research to Action Discussion document: Strengthening Public Health Nutrition Practice in Canada • Proposed definition of practice • Identification of public health nutrition competencies • Suggestions for organizational supports

  10. Principles for Consultation • Inclusive • Transparent • Flexible • Meaningful • Rigorous Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  11. Mechanisms for Consultation • Pilot Consultation (2008 DC Conference) • Pan Canadian Consultation • Discussion Groups • Independent Written Surveys • Written Submissions, Emails Supported by Angus Reid Strategies Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  12. Participation in Consultation • Pilot Consultation • 103 dietitans and educators (67 and 36 respectively) • National Consultation • 20 discussion groups • 297 completed surveys • 11 emails Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  13. Public Health Nutrition: Building on what’s already out there • The Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada: Release 1.0 (2007) • The Essential Competencies for Dietetic Practice (2006) developed by provincial dietetics regulatory bodies • The Competencies for the Entry-Level Dietitian (1996) and knowledge statements (1997) from Dietitians of Canada and • Provincial and International Public Health Nutrition Competencies (Toronto, NS, US, UK, Australia) Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  14. The six additional competencies Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  15. Proposed Competency Set for Pan Canadian Consultation Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada: Release 1.0 + Dietetic Competencies(ie Dietitians of Canada and Provincial Regulatory Bodies) + 6Additional Competencies _______________________________________________________________________________________ = Public Health Nutrition Competencies Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  16. How much do you support this proposal? Strongly support Moderately support Moderately oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know Support: 88% Oppose: 9% Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  17. The Recommendations Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  18. Proposed Recommendations • use def'n to shape the future direction of public health nutrition practice; • update dietetic competencies to provide a foundation for desired public health nutrition practice; • ensure all dietetic students and/or interns are exposed to public health... • support new hires and existing staff to acquire the updated dietetic competencies...; • define and promote advanced level public health nutrition practice; and • There are additional supports at the national level for public health nutrition practice,... and integrated with other disciplines. Pan-Canadian Task Force on Public Health Nutrition Practice

  19. An example of a practical application of the Core Competencies • Public Health, Capital District has been using the domains of the core competencies for hiring purposes. • Specifically in the Interview guide. • Promising Tangible application of the Core Competencies.

  20. Thank You! Questions?