A committee of experts revised century-old professional competencies for public health financial management.
A professional competency is a set of knowledge, skills and abilities that allows someone to uphold their professional responsibilities. In the field of public health finance, those responsibilities include the acquisition, utilization and management of resources for delivering public health services.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded a committee to identify competencies appropriate for today’s public health financial management workforce. During conference calls and one-on-one discussions, held over an 8-month period, the committee identified basic and complex financial management skills. A follow-up survey, given to finance managers at local health agencies, tested the validity of the competencies.
- The committee assigned public health finance competencies to three domains: (1) Organization and Program Planning/Policy Development, (2) Financial Planning and Management Skills, and (3) Administrative and General Skills.
- For each competency, the committee defined the level of expertise required for financial managers and senior leaders.
Financial managers in public health often perform below the level of their peers in related professions. This article, from the Journal of Public Health Management, details newly established professional competencies for the public heath financial management workforce.
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