Take Action Cycle: Focus on What's Important

Take Action Cycle: Focus on What's Important

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Course Description
Once you’ve accounted for your community’s needs and resources, you will need to decide which problem(s) to tackle. Without focus, all issues seem equally important. Taking time to set priorities will ensure that you direct your community’s valuable and limited resources to the most important issues. Learn about guidance, tools and resources for focusing your community’s efforts and resources on the most important issues to achieve the greatest impact on health.

Elizabeth De La Fuentes, Executive Director for The Health Collaborative in San Antonio, TX, will share how Bexar County established criteria for selecting priority public health issues and followed a process to determine five health priority areas for their Community Health Improvement Plan.

This course is provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and will require a secondary login and/or registration. Click the LAUNCH button below to start or be taken to the course.

Target Audience
This course is designed for public health professionals.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of selecting a limited number of priorities
  2. Become familiar with a process for selecting priorities
  3. Understand how to keep partners engaged during and after the priority setting process

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

  • 7A.13 (Tier 1): Describe how cost analyses affects program prioritization and decision making
  • 2B.5 (Tier 2): Use decision analysis

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

  • ASTHO Environmental Specialist/Environmental Health
  • ASTHO07 Understand and use information about economic and political implications of decisions


Credit /CEU
None available

1 hr.

None listed

Course Publication Date
July 10, 2012