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Experienced Professional Heads Up the Leadership Institute

In August, Ray M. Nicola, MD, MHSA welcomed his first cohort as Director of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

In August, Ray M. Nicola, MD, MHSA welcomed his first cohort as Director of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

August 20, 2012

This month, Ray M. (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, newly named Director of the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute, welcomed 14 up-and-coming public health leaders from around the region to their first on-site session at the University of Washington. Participants were chosen from throughout the region to participate in a nine-month learning experience designed to develop collaborative leadership skills.

Nicola, who is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health, brings a wealth of public health and leadership experience to the directorship including 21 years of service with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also a member of the King County Board of Health and the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Prior to joining CDC in 1991, Nicola directed the Seattle King County Health Department and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. He also worked in several local health departments in Colorado. For six years, Nicola was the Director of the Division of Public Health Systems at CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office in Atlanta, Georgia. He was assigned to Seattle to support the Turning Point Initiative, an effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve public health in 21 states and 43 communities.

Nicola explained that the Leadership Institute has evolved since its start in 2003. The Institute now blends on-site and distance learning opportunities and is more focused on problem-based learning.

“The Institute provides a real opportunity for scholars with diverse backgrounds to work together to develop collaborative leadership skills, with the ultimate goal of creating integrated and innovative approaches to fostering healthy communities,” Nicola says.

For more information on the Institute, contact program coordinator Trish Neiworth at lneiwor@u.washington.edu or 206.685.2617.

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Trudy San Jose White prepares the registration table
for 2012-13 Leadership Institute scholars.

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A little swag to help scholars take notes!

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The first Leadership Institute on-site was held at William H. Gates Hall, the
University of Washington Law School building.

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Leadership Institute scholars joined Summer Institute scholars for daily
plenary lectures given by public leaders.

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Leadership Institute scholars gather in small groups with instructor Jack
Thompson (lower right corner).

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Scholars discuss real-world cases in small groups.

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A plenary lecture on the Affordable Care Act
inspired plenty of lively discussion at the
reception that followed.

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Leadership Institute scholars joined Summer Institute scholars for daily

plenary lectures given by public leaders.

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Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute 2012-13 cohort.

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Jack Thompson introduces the first real-world
case scholars will work on.

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Bud Nicola helps scholars unpack the pieces of their first case: what they
know, what they think they know, and what they need to find out to
complete the task.

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Leadership Institute scholars convene for the first of three on-site
sessions in the nine-month program.

 

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