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Curriculum

The Leadership Institute uses a health equity lens and life-course perspective to approach leadership training. Beginning in 2019, the Leadership Institute will include a focus on the intersections of primary care and public health to advance population health across the life course. Scholars learn through a variety of formats, including problem-based learning, in which small groups of scholars take initiative to learn leadership skills together through relevant, real-world, and timely case studies.

2018 NWPHLI Curriculum

The 2019 Leadership Institute focuses on the intersection of public health and primary care, using a health equity focus and an understanding of the life-course perspective to approach leadership training. Scholars learn through a variety of formats, including problem-based learning, in which small groups of scholars take initiative to learn leadership skills together through relevant, real-world, and timely case studies.

Approach

The Leadership Institute draws a diverse cohort of scholars from public health, primary care, and maternal and child health who are interested in collaboration across sectors and addressing health equity.

In group-based and individual experiences, scholars build and practice skills necessary for leading collaboratively and managing change in a new era. These skills help leaders work effectively with communities, colleagues, teams, health care systems, community-based organizations, Accountable Communities of Health, Coordinated Care Organizations, and policymakers.

Scholars learn from and interact with practice-based faculty and public health leaders about leadership approaches to pressing topics related to the life-course perspective, health equity, and social justice.

Learning Formats

The cohort participates in in group assignments, panels, lectures, webinars, and discussions, and uses problem-based learning to explore real-life situations public health leaders face in various parts of the field. Participants complete curriculum via:

Onsite and distance-based learning. The Leadership Institute includes three onsite sessions in Seattle, as well as distance-based learning. The program focuses on intersections of and collaboration between public health and primary care. The curriculum helps both public health and primary care scholars understand each other's fields, while building and practicing collaborative and adaptive leadership skills together.

At each on-site, scholars learn from faculty, presenters, panelists, and each other about topics relevant to leadership development. Topics include change management, adaptive leadership, collaboration across sectors, applying a life-course perspective, systems thinking, peer coaching, and more. At each onsite, scholars work in ongoing teams on problem-based learning (PBL) cases.  

Distance-learning assignments. Between on-sites, small groups of scholars and a faculty mentor have worked on problem-based learning cases via phone or video. Scholars also plan time to prepare cases or other activities (about 4–8 hours per month). Scholars are encouraged to watch NWCPHP’s Hot Topics in Practice webinars, in which subject-matter experts describe lessons from their work on pressing public health issues. 

Leadership project. Each scholar has worked with their employer and a Leadership Institute faculty mentor to develop a leadership-related project specific to their agency to enhance collaboration between public health and primary care. The project is intended to exercise and hone leadership skills scholars are tying to build to achieve goals. Check back for more 2019–2020 details soon.

Problem-based learning (PBL). Faculty mentors support small learning groups of scholars as they build competencies by examining real-world leadership cases addressing collaboration between public health and primary care. Scholars identify key issues, research solutions, and apply findings to each case. This approach allows scholars to work with the complexities of real-world leadership challenges. It also encourages both self-directed learners and team players, and practice contributing in a team environment.  

Alumni mentoring. Part-way through the institute, each scholar has been paired with a well-matched mentor who completed the Leadership Institute in the past. Scholars and mentors have several conversations about career development and getting the most out of their leadership development experience. Check back for updated 2019–2020 details soon.

Learning Goals

The Northwest Public Health–Primary Care Leadership Institute incorporates competencies developed and adapted from a combination of sources, including the Council on Linkages and the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health.