Health services quality and sustainability rely mainly on a qualified workforce. Adequately trained public health personnel protect and promote health, avert health disparities, and allow rapid response to health emergencies. Evaluations of the healthcare workforce typically focus on physicians and nurses in curative medical venues. Few have evaluated public health workforce capacity building or sought to identify gaps between the academic training of public health employees and the needs of the healthcare organizations in which they are employed. This project report describes the conceptual framework of “Sharing European Educational Experience in Public Health for Israel (SEEEPHI): harmonization, employability, leadership, and outreach”—a multinational Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education funded project. By sharing European educational experience and knowledge, the project aims to enhance professionalism and strengthen leadership aspects of the public health workforce in Israel to meet the needs of employers and the country. The project’s work packages, each jointly led by an Israeli and European institution, include field qualification analysis, mapping public health academic training programs, workforce adaptation, and building leadership capacity. In the era of global health changes, it is crucial to assess the capacity building of a well-qualified and competent workforce that enables providing good health services, reaching out to minorities, preventing health inequalities, and confronting emerging health challenges. We anticipate that the methods developed and the lessons learned within the Israeli context will be adaptable and adoptable by other countries through local and cultural adjustments.
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health|
|State||Published - 2 Sep 2021|
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In May 2017, the Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE) evaluated several PH programs in higher education institutions (HEIs) . CHE met with HEI stakeholders, including management, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Based on the evaluations, CHE published recommendations both at the individual, institutional level and overall, for Israeli academic PH programs (CHE reports are available in English at https://che.org.il/ wp-content/uploads/2018/07/PH-and-PHM-General-Evaluation-Report.pdf (accessed on 12 July 2021)): Following up the CHE reports, Israeli ASPHER members met with ASPHER and selected European Union ASPHER partners to consider how Israeli PH programs might benefit from best practices in Europe to improve their public health education delivery and better align the PHW in Israel to meet the requirements of employers. These discussions led to a proposal to learn from European-tested solutions and tools described in this concept paper. The proposal was submitted to the Erasmus+ program for Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE, KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) and awarded funding for a project period of three years (January 2021–January 2024). This concept paper describes the “Sharing European Educational Experience in Public Health for Israel (SEEEPHI): harmonization, employability, leadership, and outreach” project.
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- Capacity building
- Israel public health services
- Public health education
- Public health workforce
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis