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2018 Leadership Institute Scholars Complete First Onsite

At the first onsite session of the 2018 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, 21 scholars from across the Northwest participated in engaging conversations, presentations, panel discussions, and problem-based learning (PBL).
2018 Leadership Institute Scholars Complete First Onsite

2018 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute scholars complete their first onsite session.

At the first onsite session of the 2018 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, 21 scholars from across the Northwest participated in engaging conversations, presentations, panel discussions, and problem-based learning (PBL).

May 11, 2018

Scholars in the 2018 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute completed their first onsite session May 2–4. The cohort of 21 emerging leaders hailed from local and state health departments, tribal health councils, and community-based organizations across the Northwest.

Scholars work in a variety of disciplines to improve health across the life course. With a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Leadership Institute helps these emerging leaders build collaborative leadership skills needed to manage change and improve population health equity.

The three days included conversations about the skills and approaches leaders use to shift organizational culture, practice adaptive leadership, strive for health equity, and apply a life-course perspective to public health practice. Scholars also worked in teams on a problem-based learning (PBL) case that explores the challenges of new leadership roles and addresses how early-childhood experiences impact health across the lifespan.

“The 2018 cohort is really exceptional,” said Michelle Sarju, MSW, Director of the Leadership Institute. “The level of engagement and quality of insights made it clear this cohort will gain a lot from each other. I’m looking forward to seeing what they accomplish during the Leadership Institute and beyond.”

The curriculum is designed so that each program component helps scholars build skills and knowledge they can practice in other parts of the Leadership Institute. The onsite’s balance of presentations, conversations, and interactive activities helped scholars learn from faculty, guest presenters, and each other.

“As an adult learner, I appreciated the program’s collaborative and generative approaches to learning, most particularly the wisdom drawn from participant expertise in the room,” said Tabitha Jensen, MBA, Director of Strategic Initiatives at New Avenues for Youth in Portland, Oregon. Jensen is also a PhD candidate in the Community Health program of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

To close the onsite, faculty member Gita Krishnaswamy, MEd, MPH, facilitated an interactive panel on how public health leaders respond to challenges they’re facing. Guest panelists were Paj Nandi, MPH, from Washington State Department of Health; Nurit Fischler, MPH, from Oregon Public Health Division’s Maternal and Child Health section; TJ Cosgrove, MSW, from Public Health – Seattle & King County; and Jan Ward Olmstead, MPH, consultant. Scholars connected these leaders’ experiences to their own challenges and goals.

The next Leadership Institute onsite will take place August 8–10, 2018. During the months until then, scholars will complete a 360-degree assessment, as well as participate in PBL case work, webinars, project planning, and coaching conversations. They will also be connected with a Leadership Institute alumni mentor for advice and support. At the final Leadership Institute onsite in November, scholars will present the results of the leadership projects they developed at their agencies, as well as their individual leadership plans for career development.

To view photos from the 2018 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute Onsite One, visit our Facebook album.

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