In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Michelle Larkin, MS, JD, RN, discusses how public health leaders and managers can strategically respond to financial challenges and shifting responsibilities in public health. Larkin's presentation emphasizes the importance of reprioritizing governmental public health functions and assessing funding models to ensure strong core capabilities for the future.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe future public health system and funding options according to the 2012 IOM report and the 2012 thought paper, Transforming Public Health: Emerging Concepts for Decision Making in a Changing Public Health World
  • List some of the opportunities and challenges associated with the changes in public health systems and funding
  • Describe a framework you can use when considering policy, systems, and financing change opportunities

Intended Audience

Directors and managers in public health organizations; local, state, and tribal public health practitioners; others in health systems work seeking to link with community health improvement efforts and community health status information


Michelle Larkin, JD, MS, RN joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1999 as a program associate working on tobacco control policy efforts and end-of-life care. Following this she was the team director and senior advisor with the Foundation's Public Health team. Larkin currently serves as the assistant vice president for the Health Group. Prior to joining the Foundation, Larkin worked as a health policy analyst at the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington D.C., a legislative fellow for the US Senate, and as an oncology nurse at the University of Maryland Medical System.

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Air Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Leadership & Management
Program Planning & Evaluation
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills