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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Northwest Public Health–Primary Care Leadership Institute


The Northwest Public Health–Primary Care Leadership Institute is a newly developed offering from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. The Institute uses a problem-based learning curriculum and is guided by practice-based faculty to build collaborative leadership skills for the next generation of public health leaders.

Quick Facts

Focus: Intersections of primary care and public health with a focus on health equity

When: January–September 2020. Three Seattle on-site sessions January 22–24, June 3–5, and September 16–18, 2020.

Format: Distance-based and in-person learning, small groups

Who Should Apply: Mid-career professionals from public health and community-based primary care settings, people of color and other underrepresented groups, and professionals working in rural areas or with medically underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines: The application period for the 2020 Institute has closed. Check back in summer 2020 for more information about the next cohort.

Cost: $3,000 ($2,700 by the early-bird deadline) Fees cover faculty, staff, facilities, program resources, access to distance learning technologies, and most meals during the on-site sessions. They do not cover travel or lodging expenses to and from the in-person sessions. Limited scholarship funds are available.

Questions: For questions about the program, contact Nikki Dettmar or Rachel Gunsalus.

Intended Audience

We welcome mid-career professionals from many public health fields, particularly emerging leaders in public health and primary care working with underserved populations and those working to improve population health across the life course. Participants include, but are not limited to, state and local health departments, community health centers, tribal health departments, community-based organizations, maternal and child health professionals, and hospitals.

Learning Goals and Formats

The curriculum, taught by practice-based faculty and guest speakers from around the region, uses a variety of methods to build leadership competencies for addressing today's most challenging public health issues. Scholars participate in group and individual assignments, panels, lectures, webinars, and discussions, and use problem-based learning to explore real-life situations leaders face in the field. Participants also address learning goals by completing individual leadership plans and projects. Learn more about the leadership competencies.

What's the difference between NWCPHP's Public Health Management Certificate and the Leadership Institute?

The Leadership Institute focuses on skills designed to lead organizations through change or move organizations in a new direction. Some of these skills include visioning, self-understanding, motivating and inspiring others, and aligning people.The Public Health Management Certificate focuses on skills that provide structure and consistency within an organization. Some of these skills include budgeting, planning, staffing, conflict negotiation, and interpersonal understanding. Both sets of skills are needed for a successful organization.


The program begins with the first of three on-site sessions in Seattle. Distance-based learning and coaching activities take place between the in-person sessions.The three Seattle onsites take place on January 22–24, June 3–5, and September 16–18, 2020. See a sample schedule for the first onsite.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Northwest Public Health–Primary Care Leadership Institute values a diverse scholar cohort of public health professionals from throughout the field, including those from smaller non-profit organizations or other institutions that may not have the funds to cover full tuition, or from departments that need additional support. We are seeking additional funding to support partial scholarships for the 2020 program year. We invite institutions and individuals interested investing in the future of public health leadership to contact us about contributing funds to sponsor scholars to attend the Northwest Public Health–Primary Care Leadership Institute.

Faculty and Staff

The Leadership Institute works with faculty, staff, instructors, and guest speakers from the University of Washington and beyond.

This list will be updated for 2020 as new information becomes available.

Nikki Dettmar, MSIS, MS

Program Manager
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Kevin deVoss, MA

Faculty Facilitator
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Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH

Faculty Lead
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Kendra Liljenquist, PhD, MPH

Faculty Facilitator
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Sarah Manchanda

Technical Support
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Bruce Miyahara, MHA

Leadership project instructor and coach
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Brett Niessen, MPH

Faculty Facilitator
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Jack Thompson, MSW

Leadership project instructor and coach
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Photograph of a cohort of Institute scholars with Institute faculty and staff.
Leadership & Management
Certificate Programs and Institutes
9 months
Competency Domains: 
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills