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A New Blog on Leadership to "Take the Lead"

Public health needs strong leaders, which is why NWCPHP began the Leadership Institute. Now, a new blog called "Take the Lead" will focus on leadership and public health issues.

Public health needs strong leaders, which is why NWCPHP began the Leadership Institute a decade ago. Now, there is another tool to supplement these efforts. A new blog called Take the Lead will focus on leadership and public health issues.

March 28, 2013

Effective public health leadership doesn’t happen by accident. More than two decades ago, the Institute of Medicine recognized this in the groundbreaking report, The Future of Public Health, stating, “the need for leaders is too great to leave their emergence to chance.”

A decade ago, NWCPHP’s Leadership Institute grew out of this call. Now NWCPHP has added another tool to help supplement these efforts—a new blog called Take the Lead that focuses on leadership and public health issues.

In the blog’s most recent post, newly-named NWCPHP Director Tao Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, offers five ways to help public health leaders better adapt to these ever-changing circumstances and leverage their leadership strengths.

Kwan-Gett writes that public health leaders are “being challenged more than ever to find ways to leverage their leadership abilities in times of shifting political and fiscal landscapes.“ Not only are today’s public health leaders facing ongoing resource reductions, but they are at the same time being offered more opportunities to lend their voices and expertise to major policy decisions affecting the health of people in their local communities, states, and regions.

Take the Lead offers relevant, cutting-edge leadership content for public health professionals. Blogs focusing on both public health and leadership are scarce, so this venue will enable discussion of breaking topics as well as hot-button issues.

“The blog will build on the national and regional dialogue surrounding leadership and public health by providing tools and suggestions on how to become a better leader,” says Ray “Bud” Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, Director of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. He added that it will also spotlight the connection between leadership and public health efficacy.

The blog welcomes guest posts from those in the region or across the nation, with an interest in helping foster connections and dialogue regarding leadership and public health. Guest writers should contact Trish Neiworth, Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute Coordinator for writers' guidelines and additional information.

The Leadership Institute has also begun accepting applications for the 2013–14 Institute.

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