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2018 NWPHLI Testimonials

Public health leaders, scholars, and employers share high praise for the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.


"Today’s leaders have a responsibility to grow tomorrow’s leaders. Sending our high-performing employees who show potential for leadership positions to the NWPHLI is a way for us to act on that responsibility. It also helps us retain those valuable employees in our agency. That’s a win-win nobody should pass up."

—John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Secretary of Health, Washington State

I’ve learned so much in this institute I hardly know where to begin."

—Katie Hutchinson, NWPHLI '15
MCH Epidemiology Supervisor, WA State Department of Health 

“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,”
––Tatsuko Go Hollo, MSW, NWPHLI '17
Prenatal to Five Child Health Lead at the King County Developmental Disabilities Division.

The Institute offered the right balance between didactic and practical learning.  It provided me the opportunity to learn new skills in a classroom setting, apply them at work, and then reflect on the experiences with Institute peers and faculty. I was highly impressed with the caliber of presenters and NWPHLI faculty—national or local leaders in their field. The faculty took a genuine interest in my leadership development during the Institute and beyond."

—Kirsten Frandsen, NWPHLI '15
Project Manager – Environmental Health, Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department 

“[Through the Leadership Institute], I definitely gained an improved ability to stop and assess a situation, identify the type of leadership or management needed to address it, and then take action. I also improved my ability to coach others.”

 —Janna Bardi, MPH, NWPHLI '04, MCH Leadership Advisory Committee Member
Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Community Health, WA State Department of Health

The leadership institute exposes you to a wide variety of subject matter experts, points of view and challenges that we all face day to day. I found it professionally challenging and the tools and skills I’ve gained will be useful in my career."

—Katie Curtis, MPH, MEP, CHES, NWPHLI '16
PHEPR Supervisor/Regional Coordinator, Snohomish Health District 

I learned a lot about myself during this process but I also got a lot of reassurance that I was on the right track and was already harnessing my strengths in my leadership. 
The timing for the case studies and problem-based learning was perfect for me. I was able to use the background information I found in my research to learn more about the terminology and concepts that were showing up everywhere in my work." 

"We’ve all supported each other in the work we do and learned from one another. Many of us continue to stay in touch and help each other with community resources, even state to state, and are cheerleading for one another as we all move forward.”

—Susan Pinnock, NWPHLI '15
Nursing Supervisor, Washington County Public Health MCH Program 

I would highly recommend participating in the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. The depth and breadth of knowledge of the instructors, program staff, and guest presenters—as well as the topics covered—leads to a rich learning experience and a quality program."

— Marci Getz, NWPHLI '15
Senior Health Educator, WA State Department of Health 

The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute was an exceptional experience... I am certain that the learning and growth prompted through the Institute will serve me well, and, through me, serve those I serve.”

— Sarah Fanucci, MSW, NWPHLI '16 
Statewide Case Management Coordinator, WA State Department of Health,  

I was part of the 2014 cohort. [It was a] great experience and an opportunity to really stretch yourself as a leader."

— Joe Laxton, NWPHLI '14
Environmental Public Health Program Manager, Clark County Public Health 

The quality of the material was excellent once again! There were very interesting presentations by both individuals and panels. The broad range of leadership skills, concepts, and systems made for a good mix.”

—Scholar, NWPHLI '15