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2017 Public Health Management Certificate Program Kicks Off with Seattle Onsite

Management Certificate scholars kicked off the yearlong program of intensive training and coaching for building management skills with the first onsite session.

Management Certificate scholars kicked off the yearlong program of intensive training and coaching for building management skills with the first onsite session.

August 22, 2017

Scholars of NWCPHP’s 2017 Public Health Management Certificate (PHMC) program are ready to put their learning and training into high gear after the program’s kick-off onsite session held August 14–17 in Seattle.

A total of 18 scholars from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are part of the latest PHMC cohort. They will spend the next year developing important skills in areas such as managing people and teams, money, and information. In addition to the coursework, scholars will also work on an integrated project that helps them apply the skills and concepts learned in class to situations at their workplace.

Scholars shared various motivations for pursuing the program.

“I am transitioning from a clinical role to a more administrative role in my place of work, and I am here to build my management skills,” said Marilou Gonzalez, Clinical Physician at Benewah Medical & Wellness Center in Northern Idaho. “Just because someone is a physician does not mean they have all the skills needed to be a manager,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the coaching component of the program because I think it will be very beneficial to me.”

Gonzalez identified with Management Certificate Program Director Susan Allan, MD, JD, MPH, who is returning as one of the coaches to this year’s cohort. “I can identify with Dr. Allan because we both come from medical settings and were given administrative responsibilities,” she said.

Megan Burton, Quality Improvement Coordinator at Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, said she was drawn to the program after hearing glowing reports from her supervisor and colleagues who previously completed the program.

“I think I’m learning to gain a full 360-degree view of how to develop my knowledge in public health management,” said Burton, who has been at her job for over a year and wants to build her career. “There’s a lot to learn in terms of developing relationship-building skills and financial management skills,” said Burton.

At the onsite session, scholars got to know each other, their faculty, and coaches, and began focusing on their integrated projects. They also received an overview of the program, which includes both in-person and online components to allow for cost-effective training, and convenience for people who are working.

PHMC Program Manager Janell Blackmer said she’s excited to welcome this year’s cohort following the conclusion of a successful learning year for the 2016 scholars. “Last year’s cohort was really strong; forging a cohesive, supportive group from day one. We have seen similar group spirit at this year’s onsite,” she said.

She said this year’s scholars will benefit from the same high-quality training received by previous scholars, including the opportunity to work with seasoned coaches and dedicated faculty.

In addition to Susan Allan, other instructors and coaches for this year’s program include:

  • Sharon Bogan, MPH, Communications Project Manager, Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Meagan Brown, MPH, University of Washington
  • Kate Davies, PhD, Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle
  • Grace Gorenflo, MPH, RN, Public Health Consultant, Gorenflo Consulting, Inc.
  • Amy Hawkins, Trainer and Organizational Development Consultant, University of Washington
  • Joanna Mendelsohn, Grant and Finance Manager, University of Washington
  • Guila Muir, Med, Principal, Guila Muir & Associates
  • Bud Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, Affiliate Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Jim Reid, MPA, Senior Lecturer, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington
  • Matt Stefanak, MPH, College of Public Health, Kent State University.

View photos from the 2017 PHMC onsite session on Facebook.

To learn more about the Public Health Management Certificate program, contact Janell Blackmer.

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