March 12, 2024
Photograph of PHMC Coaches Mary, Nicole, and Bud

PHMC Coaches Mary, Nicole, and Bud

Now in its tenth year, NWCPHP’s Public Health Management Certificate (PHMC) program continues to help public health professionals further their careers by developing practical management skills.

Scholars work with their peers and coaches throughout the year-long program as they develop core management competencies such as financial management, program evaluation, and managing teams. These skills are applied in a hands-on manner, and each scholar develops an integrated project that helps them incorporate and apply what they’re learning to a workplace challenge.

The unique opportunity to work with one of the three seasoned coaches provides great value to each scholar. Not only do these coaches serve as facilitators, mentors, and smaller learning group leaders, but they also provide experienced perspectives, support, and encouragement in times of success and setbacks.

Ray (Bud) Nicola, MD, MHSA, FACPM, who retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with 21 years under his belt, and who previously directed both the Public Health - Seattle & King County Department and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in Washington State, said he cherishes his longtime role as PHMC coach.

“The program has gotten better every year, and the scholars have really improved how they’re thinking about the project, what they’re doing, and how they’re working together,” he said.

New to PHMC as a coach, Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg, MPH, has more than three decades of public health expertise that she brings to her role in the program. “I love working with the PHMC scholars!” Nicole exclaimed. “They are such committed and smart public health practitioners, eager to grow their skills and learn from each other.”

Nicole’s extensive experience with project and program management is relied upon by the scholars, especially while they navigate their integrated projects.

Mary Kushion, MSA, rounds out the coaching roster and brings 25 years of experience and knowledge in local public health where she has provided consultant services to a variety of local, state, and national organizations in the areas of accreditation preparedness, strategic planning, workforce development, and population health improvement.

“This was my first year as a PHMC coach and so far, I have really enjoyed working with the scholars,” stated Mary. "The PHMC scholars are fortunate to have experienced faculty who are willing to share their expertise. As a coach, I seek out resources to assist them with their projects and offer insights from my public health experiences. I have been impressed with the projects the scholars are undertaking and their level of commitment to the program."

Several public health organizations have sent their employees to participate in the PHMC program to bolster efficiency and effectiveness and prepare for accreditation or succession planning. The program is geared towards current and emerging mid-level managers, although senior managers have also found the program valuable for expanding their skills.

Applications for the 2024–25 Public Health Management Certificate program are being accepted through May 31, 2024. Learn more and apply today. Limited scholarships are available, see the application for eligibility details. For more information, contact Christine Ector.