Interdisciplinary Core Competencies: Leadership, Public Health Biology, And Diversity And Culture

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Interdisciplinary Core Competencies The competencies to be covered in this section are: Leadership, Public Health Biology, and Diversity and Culture. Leadership. This is the ability to create and communicate a shared vision to change the future, champion organizational and community challenges with solutions, and energize commitment to goals. These actions, when conducted by the individuals implementing this characteristic, can only be achieved by the following six examples:
1. Engage in dialogue and learning from others to advance public health goals
2. Demonstrate team building, negotiation, and conflict management skills
3. Demonstrate transparency, integrity, and honesty in all actions
4. Use collaborative methods for achieving organizational
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Overall this is the biological and molecular context of public health put into practice. Earlier in environmental health science I addressed a little of this when I mentioned the biological factors that pose a risk to the well-being of the YMCA members. Looking back at “Germs at the Gym” by Maridel Reyes (2012), “Stay healthy and infection-free at the gym” by Teddi Johnson (2011), and “The 7 Grossest Gym Germs” from Men’s fitness magazine (2016) we see a number of different types of pathogens mentioned that might be found in a gym. These range from bacteria such as Klebsiella, Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus and its cousin MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Streptococcal, Salmonella, Pseudomonas aeruginosa; viruses like Human Papillomavirus, Influenza, Norovirus, Hepatitis A, Rhinovirus; fungus in the form of Candida and parasites such as Cryptosporidium amongst many possible others (Reyes, 2012), (Johnson, 2011), (Men’s fitness magazine, 2016). Fortunately a majority of pathogens is prevented from being transmitted with the use of disinfectant on touched surfaces, the proper separation of dirty linens from clean with the use of designated bins, proper maintenance of chlorine levels in the pool, and properly cleaning the facility. The rest of prevention is up to the member to ensure that they wash their hands, wear flip flops in the locker room, cover public surfaces before sitting on them such as in the locker room, clean …show more content…
This is the ability to interact with both diverse individuals and communities to produce or impact an intended public health outcome. To the YMCA the desired impact would be to have a member join, stay, and have the opportunity to assist the member in reaching their wellness goals. From what I have seen I would say that the Pat Jones YMCA is achieving this impact with very few problems being noted. A quick look at the Ozarks Regional YMCA: Pat Jones (2016) website at any time of the year shows a variety of individuals from various demographics represented enjoying being at the YMCA. After walking into the Pat Jones YMCA the pictures would accurately depict the type of diversity that is present in the facility. Statistically there is no data regarding the full demographics however from what I have seen all ages, both genders, all levels of ability, and the racial groups present to Southwest Missouri all have representation at the

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