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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Engaging with Change

Times of dramatic change can be overwhelming, but they can also be catalysts for innovation and an opportunity for thoughtful transformation.

This training offers public health leaders and managers a chance to reflect on their own relationship with change, understand how to break down resistance to change, and empower their teams and organizations to harness change as a powerful part of their work.

Learners will gain skills and tools to navigate change and explore what it means to be a learning organization. They will also look at how their organization’s systems and processes help or hinder their work to address change as a normal course of business. Are those systems and processes sufficiently flexible, adaptable, and accountable? Are they adequate for the level of change the organization is experiencing? If not, what other systems or strategies are needed?

Register today for this four-week training, taught by two instructors from the Public Health Management Certificate program, to learn how to engage with change.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe methods to prepare for change.
  • Identify the skills and tools your organization can use to engage with change.
  • Analyze system elements that enable organizations to navigate change.
  • Describe the characteristics of a learning organization.
  • Explore ways to reduce resistance to change.
  • Apply knowledge of strategies to reduce resistance to change to a case study.


The Spring 2021 Engaging with Change training is full. You can join the waitlist by completing the registration form. If a spot becomes available, you will be notified by no later than March 22nd. 


Mary Kay Chess, PhD
Core Faculty
Saybrook University, Department of Sustainable Leadership and Management

Jim Reid, MPA
Senior Lecturer
Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington

Intended Audience

Public health professional who manage teams or serve in management or senior leadership positions


Self-paced learning through videos and assignments, along with two live, online discussions (April 7 and April 14 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific) and an online, live orientation (March 24 from 10:00 am - 10:45 am Pacific)


Training Dates: March 24 – April 14, 2021

March 24
Live webinar on Wednesday, March 24 (10:00 am – 10:45 am Pacific)

March 24 – 27
Session 1: Engaging with Change Personally
Videos and assignments

March 28 – 31
Session 2: Resistance to Change
Videos and assignments

April 1 – 4
Session 3: Strategies for Reducing Resistance to Change
Videos and assignments

April 5 – 11
Session 4: Engaging with the Expected & Unexpected
Assignments and live webinar on Wednesday, April 7 (10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific)

April 12 – 14
Session 5: Conflict and Change
Assignments and live webinar on Wednesday, April 14 (10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific)

Time Commitment

Engaging with Change is designed with busy public health professionals in mind and is meant to be a bite-sized, interactive training. Participants will be given a schedule, assignments, and links to videos they are expected to complete, at their own pace, before attending the live webinars. Participants should expect to spend between 2 to 4 hours on the training material each week.

Technical Requirements

This course requires the following:

  • Please install the Zoom meeting client before the first webinar.
  • Webcam, speakers/headphones, and microphone are needed for the live webinars.

Diversity Statement

Diverse backgrounds, embodiments and experiences are essential to the critical thinking endeavor at the heart of University education. NWCPHP brings this to all of our programs and trainings. As such, scholars are expected:

  1. To respect individual differences, which may include, but are not limited to, age, cultural background, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender, immigration status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and veteran status.
  2. To engage respectfully in the discussion of diverse worldviews and ideologies embedded in course readings, presentations and artifacts, including those course materials that are at odds with personal beliefs and values.
  3. To talk to their instructor, coach, or the Program Director when they have concerns about program climate.


This training includes videos and live webinars. Closed captions will be available for the videos and automatically-generated live captions will be available during the webinars. If you need any additional accommodations in order to participate, please contact Ashley Bullock, and we will do our best to make sure the content is accessible to you.


For more information, contact Ashley Bullock.

Graphic showing a person's hand writing the phrase Change Ahead on a blackboard.
March 24, 2021 to April 14, 2021
Leadership & Management
Online Course
4 weeks
Competency Domains: 
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills