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Scholars Complete the 2017 Leadership Institute

The 2017 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute wrapped up its final onsite session in November, with scholars presenting culminating projects and interacting with regional public health leaders.
Scholars Complete the 2017 Leadership Institute

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Washington State Secretary of Health, and Dila Perera, MSW, MPH, Executive Director of Open Arms Perinatal Services, lead table conversations with Leadership Institute scholars

The 2017 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute wrapped up its final onsite session in November, with scholars presenting culminating projects and interacting with regional public health leaders.

November 22, 2017

The 2017 Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute wrapped up its final onsite session on November 13–15. The three days included scholar presentations, problem-based learning, reflection activities, interactive presentations from guest speakers, and conversations with public health leaders.

Scholars presented their leadership project results that they designed and carried out at their agencies, as well as their individual leadership plans they developed to guide their career trajectories. Scholars also completed a problem-based learning case focused on strategic planning for health equity.

“I’ve really appreciated working with all of the faculty, staff, and other scholars involved in the Leadership Institute this year,” said Jessica Nye, MPH, CPH, Maternal & Child Health Program Supervisor at the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Oregon. “It’s been a valuable experience that will definitely help me in further developing my leadership skills. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet so many experienced leaders from across the Pacific Northwest and to learn more about what I need to do to become a better leader.”

An annual Institute highlight included a panel of public health luminaries who discussed their paths to leadership and offered advice for emerging leaders. Scholars broke into small groups with the panel speakers for mentoring conversations in a rotating speed-dating format. The panel featured John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, Washington State Secretary of Health; David Reyes, DNP, MPH, RN, PHNA-BC, Assistant Professor, UW Tacoma; Dila Perera, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, Open Arms Perinatal Services; Carl Osaki, RS, MSPH, Emeritus Clinical Professor, UW School of Public Health; and Janna Bardi, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Community Health, WA Department of Health.
Director Michelle Sarju, MSW, and scholars talk at the Leadership Institute

Scholars appreciated the opportunity to interact with regional leaders. “The Institute connected me to many leaders in the public health field, which provided me with a clearer framework for doing public health work outside the context of a formal public health agency,” said Tatsuko Go Hollo, MSW, Prenatal to Five Child Health Lead at the King County Developmental Disabilities Division.

Another panel discussed the development of innovative initiatives that apply principles of collective impact and collaboration. Other guest public health leaders presented on topics such as policy strategy, rural health leadership, indigenous knowledge-informed care, and using public health data for leadership decisions.

This year brought some new additions to the Leadership Institute, such as informal alumni mentoring, for which each scholar was paired with a past Institute participant working in a similar sector. These alumni mentors helped scholars explore questions about career paths, Institute learning, and navigating challenges and opportunities successfully.

Institute Director Michelle Sarju congratulated the graduating cohort. “This year’s participants finished the year gaining valuable information about the importance of collective impact, gleaning wisdom from public health leaders, and completing individual leadership plans for future growth. I look forward to seeing the future impact these public health leaders will make,” said Sarju.

Staff and faculty will soon begin planning for the 2018 Leadership Institute, with the application process projected to open in February, 2018.

To see photos from the 2017 Leadership Institute, view our Facebook album.

Interested in hearing when applications open for the 2018 Leadership Institute cohort? Contact Project Manager Debs Gardner to receive notification.

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