Interdisciplinary Core Competency

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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 their personal equipment should they bring them, cover cuts, and properly remove moisture from their body. Given adequate resources, time, and personal it would be possible for the YMCA to inform their members on actions that can keep them healthy so long as it was marketed to not offend by being offered as a method to stay well during flu season, provide samples of antiseptic to take with them for their personal equipment, and ensure members and staff know where they can find a first aid kit with

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