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FAQ

Learning Experience

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Q: What is the learning experience medium & format?

A: New to Public Health learning modules are offered asynchronously through an online, virtual format. Synchronous, monthly discussions with the N2PH Residency Program Facilitators will offer further opportunities for collaborative learning in a virtual setting. Hybrid models with virtual and in-person components may be future options for delivery of the residency program.

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Q: Who is eligible to participate in the program?

A: Professionals that are within their first year of public health practice and are currently employed with local, regional, tribal, or state governmental public health agencies are eligible for the program.

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Q: What states are eligible?

A: People from any state within the United States are eligible to participate provided they meet other eligibility criteria.

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Q: Is this program just for nurses?

A: No, this program is for any professional employed with local, regional, tribal, or state governmental public health organizations (e.g., Registered Sanitarian, Epidemiologist, Health Educator, Public Health Specialist, Public Health Nurse, Communication Strategist) who is new to the public health field and started their position within the previous 12 months.

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Q: What is the anticipated size for the first cohort?

A: The first cohort for the September 2021 launch will be up to 25 participants.

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Q: How do participants engage as a learning community?

A: Ongoing, online discussion forums within the sessions are encouraged to promote collaboration and sharing of ideas among participants. Monthly, synchronous discussions with the N2PH Residency Program facilitators will offer additional opportunities for a community of learning with participants across the nation. Other social media and web-based platforms will also be offered as a way to connect with others enrolled in the program.

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Q: How is the program evaluated?

A: The N2PH Residency Program utilizes the Kirkpatrick Model to assess training outcomes such as reaction, learning, behavior and results. As part of formal evaluation, residents will complete the Modified Version of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. To learn more about N2PH evaluation, including the Kirkpatrick Model for training evaluation, see Residency Program Components (link to page)

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Q: How will participants assess learning and receive feedback?

A: The New to Public Health Program facilitators will offer feedback through ongoing, online platforms including email and video call. Residents will complete monthly learning assessments including but not limited to posttest knowledge checks, observed practice, problem solving and session evaluations. Pre- and post- residency competency scores will be provided to participants.

Logistics

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Q: What is the time commitment for completing the program?

A: The 12-month program has 11 content sessions with the 12 month being a graduation ceremony and presentation of evidence-based practice projects. Each session will take about 8-10 hours to complete. 1.5 hours will be designated for a synchronous discussion each month. Mentorship will be offered each month for about one hour.

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Q: What obligations does the program participant commit to?

A: To receive continuing education contact hours/credits, participants will be required to complete all online content, discussion posts and session evaluations prior to the synchronous discussion. Participants are encouraged to meet with their assigned mentor at least once a month and complete an evidence-based practice project by the end of the 12-month program.

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Q: What role does a participant’s organization play related to their involvement in the program?

A: Participants’ organizations are expected to support them throughout the residency program by providing time to complete the content, act as a resource when questions arise, and work with the participant on completing tasks (i.e., scavenger hunts to identify policies, procedures, or resources). Participants will also be tasked with completing an evidence-based practice or quality improvement project proposal and present it to their organization’s leadership or board of health.

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Q: What are the program costs to participants?

A: The first and second cohorts are being offered at no cost to participants. Cohorts beginning in 2022 may be charged a registration fee.

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Q: When is the next cohort scheduled to begin?

A: The first cohort is anticipated to start September 2021. A second cohort is scheduled to begin January 2022.

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Q: Will participants receive continuing-education credits after successful program completion?

A: Participants will be awarded contact hours or credits per session for completing all content and submitting the session evaluation.

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Q: Is the program accredited?

A: Yes, the program is jointly accredited through the Wisconsin-Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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Q: What technology & resources are required for participants?

A: With the online learning experience, participants will need access to a computer and internet. Participants may print documents from the online course if desired. Required hardware/software include: free, current version of Chrome (preferred), Firefox, Safari, or Edge. Some older browsers and Microsoft Internet Explorer could produce error messages or not display the content correctly. Free, current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader or other .pdf reader is also required.

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Q: How will participants receive technical support?

A: The ICEP Help Desk will be able to help resolve technical issues should they arise. The ICEP Help Desk can be contacted here.

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Q: How do interested participants or organizations apply?

A: Participants interested in applying to the program should fill out the application form found under the Apply (includes hyperlink to Apply tab) tab of this website. Organizations wishing to register an employee who has not yet started can email New to Public Health staff for more information. They can be reached at new2publichealth@son.wisc.edu

Outcomes

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Q: What are anticipated outcomes for participants after successfully completing the program?

A: The New to Public Health Residency Program will help participants become better prepared for their new roles and build their confidence in addressing common public health challenges. The knowledge and learning experiences will include opportunities for application and reflection as the participants become familiar with in the public health foundational capabilities and programs.

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Q: What are anticipated outcomes for organizations and employers after their employees successfully complete the program?

A: Organizations or employers will help support their employees that are in their first year of a public health role. The professional development will offer learning experiences that will go beyond onboarding to promote retention. This investment will offer future opportunities for participants to be confident and competent in their public health careers

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Q: How can this program support professionals new to public health?

A: The 12 sessions offer evidence-based, best practices for public health professionals. Based off the Foundational Public Health Services Model, the session content will focus on the model’s foundational areas and capabilities. Participants will partner with an experienced public health mentor, engage in collaboration with their residency facilitators, and navigate their new careers through the support of a national network of peers. Participants will be supported in application to their real-world roles through layered, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences.