Samuel Stebbins, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Public Health Preparedness is happy to report that he has been accepted as a Scholar in the National Public Health Leadership Institute

The new PHLI is a one-year leadership development program for high-potential leaders with a commitment to leading in their own organizations and communities, but also leading system change on the national scene. Specific goals of the program are to:

Recruit high-potential leaders: Through nominations and open applications, the program seeks individual leaders with experience and interest in working at the national level on systems change.
Foster individual development: PHLI uses state-of-the-art assessment tools and individual coaching led by the internationally renowned Center for Creative Leadership, a non-profit research and training organization based in Greensboro NC. Authentic leadership begins with knowing yourself and charting the changes you will make to lead more effectively.
Build a network of committed leaders: Networking is more than an informal by-product of the program. We know from extensive evaluation that the network is a key way that PHLI contributes to system change, so network development is a formal part of the curriculum and an intentional focus of the program design.
Link with national sponsors: Leadership is an activity, not a knowledge set (that’s why it is so often compared to activities like ballroom dancing, or combat, or extreme sports). PHLI will create “action learning” teams to work on national priority projects, with sponsorship from national organizations like ASTHO, NACCHO, CDC and others. Action learning combines relevant, real-world application with analysis and reflection, combining individual development with tangible outcomes and real networking.
Combine learning methods. The new PHLI uses a variety of teaching methods, from sessions with seminal thinkers (in and out of public health) to case study sessions, experiential learning, individual assessment tools, team-based action learning and reflection. With assistance from PHLS the program extends to web-assisted distance learning including webinars and a book club.

PHLI is directed by Dr. Edward Baker, director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and research professor of health policy and administration in the School of Public Health. Program leadership is shared with Carol Woltring, executive director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, Calif., and David G. Altman, Ph.D., senior vice-president of research and innovation, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

Other partners in distance learning and project sponsorship include the Public Health Leadership Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of City and County Officials, and the American Public Health Association.

Monday, February 18, 2008


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