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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 has historically included three onsite sessions and distance-based learning. We are in the process of developing the next iteration of the Leadership Institute with a focus on intersections of and collaboration between public health and primary care. We are determining the details of the curriculum and learning format, including the timing and combination of in-person and distance-based learning. Please contact Debs Gardner at debsg@uw.edu for more information or to share your ideas.

Historically, at each on-site, scholars learn from faculty, presenters, panelists, and each other about topics relevant to leadership development. Past topics have included change management, conflict resolution, applying a life-course perspective, systems thinking, peer coaching, understanding adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), communicating with elected officials, and more. At each onsite, scholars work in ongoing teams on problem-based learning (PBL) cases. (View the 2017 schedule as a sample.

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. Check back for 2019–2020 details soon.

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. The project is intended to exercise and hone leadership skills scholars are tying to build to achieve goals. Check back for 2019–2020 details soon.

Individual leadership plan/360 assessment. Each scholar has worked with their colleagues to complete a 360-degree assessment of their leadership skills. Using what they learn, they develop an individual leadership plan to define and reflect on their personal leadership and career goals, and work with faculty coaches to help them refine those goals. Check back for 2019–2020 details soon.

Problem-based learning (PBL). Faculty mentors have supported small learning groups of scholars as they build competencies by examining real-world public health leadership cases, 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. Check back for updated 2019–2020 details soon.

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 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. Check back for a competency list soon.