TitleThe Oregon Public Health Policy Institute: Building Competencies for Public Health Practice.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLuck, J, Yoon, J, Bernell, S, Tynan, M, Alvarado, CSarai, Eversole, T, Mosbaek, C, Beathard, C
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Date Published2015 Jun 11

The Oregon Public Health Policy Institute (PHPI) was designed to enhance public health policy competencies among state and local health department staff. The Oregon Health Authority funded the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University to develop the PHPI curriculum in 2012 and offer it to participants from 4 state public health programs and 5 local health departments in 2013. The curriculum interspersed short instructional sessions on policy development, implementation, and evaluation with longer hands-on team exercises in which participants applied these skills to policy topics their teams had selected. Panel discussions provided insights from legislators and senior Oregon health experts. Participants reported statistically significant increases in public health policy competencies and high satisfaction with PHPI overall. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print June 11, 2015: e1-e7. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302677).