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The Future Public Health Workforce in a Changing World: A Conceptual Framework for a European–Israeli Knowledge Transfer Project

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Department of Public Health, Ashkelon Academic College, Ben Tzvi 12, Ashkelon 78211, Israel
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Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva 8410501, Israel
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The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), Avenue de Tervueren 153, 1150 Brussels, Belgium
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Department of Health Promotion and e-Health, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University Medical College, ul. Skawińska 8, 31-066 Kraków, Poland
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School of Public Health, University College Cork, T12 XF62 Cork, Ireland
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School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem 91120, Israel
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Department of Health Sciences, The Swedish Red Cross University College (SRCUC), P.O. Box 1059, 14121 Huddinge, Sweden
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Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, 199 Aba Khoushy Ave. Mount Carmel, Haifa 3498838, Israel
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The Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians (IPAPH), Israeli Medical Association, P.O. Box 3566, Ramat Gan 5213604, Israel
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Osnat Bashkin and Keren Dopelt should be considered joint first authors.
Academic Editors: Florian Fischer, Laura Arnold, Franziska Hommes and Kerstin Sell
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9265; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179265
Received: 26 July 2021 / Revised: 28 August 2021 / Accepted: 31 August 2021 / Published: 2 September 2021
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: public health workforce; public health education; Israel public health services; capacity building; Erasmus+ public health workforce; public health education; Israel public health services; capacity building; Erasmus+
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Bashkin, O.; Dopelt, K.; Mor, Z.; Leighton, L.; Otok, R.; Duplaga, M.; MacLeod, F.; De Nooijer, J.; Neumark, Y.; Paillard-Borg, S.; Tulchinsky, T.; Zelber-Sagi, S.; Davidovitch, N. The Future Public Health Workforce in a Changing World: A Conceptual Framework for a European–Israeli Knowledge Transfer Project. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9265. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179265

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Bashkin O, Dopelt K, Mor Z, Leighton L, Otok R, Duplaga M, MacLeod F, De Nooijer J, Neumark Y, Paillard-Borg S, Tulchinsky T, Zelber-Sagi S, Davidovitch N. The Future Public Health Workforce in a Changing World: A Conceptual Framework for a European–Israeli Knowledge Transfer Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):9265. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179265

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Bashkin, Osnat, Keren Dopelt, Zohar Mor, Lore Leighton, Robert Otok, Mariusz Duplaga, Fiona MacLeod, Jascha De Nooijer, Yehuda Neumark, Stephanie Paillard-Borg, Theodore Tulchinsky, Shira Zelber-Sagi, and Nadav Davidovitch. 2021. "The Future Public Health Workforce in a Changing World: A Conceptual Framework for a European–Israeli Knowledge Transfer Project" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 9265. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18179265

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