The Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies builds upon the Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada providing greater detail regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the practice of health promotion.
They are specific enough to distinguish the work of health promoters among other public health disciplines and reflect the wide variety of settings and structures of health promotion practice in Canada.
The health promoter competencies respond to several existing challenges:
- Relative importance of health promotion is increasing (e.g. increase burden of chronic disease, concern for health inequalities)
- Misunderstanding of the role and best use of health promoter positions
- Diversity of potential training paths
- A lack of consistency in health-promotion position descriptions
- Need to better align training programs and continuing education with workforce needs