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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Mary Kay Chess, PhD

Mary Kay Chess, PhD
Public Health Management Certificate Faculty

Mary Kay Chess is an instructor in NWCPHP's Public Health Management Certificate program. She brings 30+ years of experience in healthcare leadership in multi-state urban and rural systems to NWCPHP’s learning community.

While serving as the COO for a 3-state healthcare system, she began to explore systems thinking, complexity and leadership. During this exploration, Mary Kay completed her PhD in the area of transformational learning and change. Leveraging her healthcare practice, she began exploring areas for student-focused learning and has over 12 years of experience in teaching leadership and personal development and innovative engagement in systems.

Areas of Expertise: 
  • Systems Thinking