Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute
The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute is a nine-month program designed to build collaborative leadership skills for the next generation of public health leaders.The Institute uses a problem-based learning curriculum and is guided by practice-based faculty. Scholars from diverse backgrounds work together to use real-world case studies to address the complexities of public health leadership.
- Align organizational practices with the larger social, political, and economic environment
- Leverage interrelationships and structures for public health program management
- Evaluate systems and prepare them for change
- Explore new partnerships through public democratic participative processes
- Measure the success of implementing new programs
Experienced professionals (ideally 5+ years) who are working to improve the public’s health and who wish to build leadership competencies. Scholars come from health departments, organizations, and institutions in various public health and health care sectors, including administration, clinical services, environmental health, chronic disease, communicable disease, community development and communication.
The 2016 program is open to all in health-related professions, with the following groups encouraged to apply:
- Maternal and Child Health (MCH) professionals working with underserved populations or in underserved regions. This includes MCH Title V staff and emerging leaders, along with public health professionals working in related fields.
- Healthcare providers working in MCH-related fields or areas connected to the life course. Examples include primary care professionals working in pediatrics, community health, family medicine.
Time Commitment and Learning Formats
The 2016 cohort runs from April to December. Participants complete the curriculum via
- Three on-site sessions. Each on-site convenes in Seattle, Washington and lasts 2–3 days. The on-site sessions build upon and enhance the distance-based learning components of program.
- Distance-learning assignments. Subject-matter experts and national leaders conduct webinars and online discussions. Faculty mentors convene scholars for phone calls or webinars on problem-based learning cases. Scholars should also plan time to prepare cases or other activities as assigned (4–8 hours per month).
- Individual leadership project. Each scholar will work with their employer and Leadership Institute faculty to develop an individual project specific to their work or organization intended to exercise and hone leadership skills.
- Personal leadership development plan. Each scholar will develop a personal leadership development plan, first by completing a 360-process, receiving individual coaching, and being provided direction and feedback in the development of their personal leadership journey
The innovative nine-month program draws a diverse cohort of scholars from public health, primary care, and beyond, especially those whose work connects with maternal and child health or a life course perspective. Framed through a life course lens, the 2016 program looks at health and leadership from a holistic and social justice–oriented perspective. With examples drawn from MCH, life course, and health equity topics, scholars build collaborative leadership and change management skills necessary to effectively work with communities, colleagues, Accountable Communities of Health, Coordinated Care Organizations, health care systems, community-based organizations, and policymakers.