Cohort 16 of the South Central Public Health Leadership Institute (2011-2012) was the last face-to-face session offered. Currently, we are testing an online version of the original Leadership Institute's format to further provide support and training to the public health workforce.
Leading by Example
by Charles Buchanan
From Prepare, the newsletter of the
South Central Public Health Workforce Partnership
There may be some debate about whether leaders are born or made, but the South Central Public Health Workforce Partnership knows they can be taught. For more than a decade, its Leadership Institute has helped more than 400 professionals gain or strengthen crucial skills to impact public health in the four partner states. READ MORE
The South Central Public Health Leadership Institute is organized to enhance and develop leadership skills among its participants through education and individual change and growth. The institute will facilitate the application of core functions in public health, provide shared experiences in a learning environment, and translate leadership into a tool for community empowerment and development of community leaders. The SCPHLI seeks to develop leaders who can facilitate creation of healthy communities by developing partnerships for action at all levels of society.
The Institute is designed to educate and train participants from the public health communities in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Tenets of the SCPHLI
- Promote lifelong learning
- Create a regional learning community through networking among its public health leaders
- Encourage application of public health core functions to regional public health issues
- Foster collaborative partnerships to create healthy communities
- Promote cultural competence through learning and leadership
- Promote diversity in public health leadership
Goals and Objectives
Effect individual growth and change. Through SCPHLI develop mechanisms to:
- Assess leadership skills of the participants
- Monitor growth over time through Institute directed projects, activities, experiences, etc.
- Document change/growth
Improve organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.
- Through leadership development, empower participants to impact the public health system.
- Develop and implement learning experiences for leadership development in negotiation, mediation, and compromise.
- Promote a positive image of public health in the community and the media.
- Enhance skills/capacities of participants to expand the scope and sphere of solutions to public health problems to involve the entire community
Develop leadership skills among participants.
- Broaden applications of leadership principles.
- Develop and implement learning experiences for leadership development in:
- Advocacy, empowerment, and partnership
- Coalition, collaboration, partnership building
- Social marketing, communication, and media management
Enhance/expand skills in written and verbal personal and health communication.
Expand horizons/visions for public health.
Create vision statements.
Apply leadership skills and techniques in public health practice.
- Expand awareness of public health issues in the community.
- Simplify the language of public health for greater understanding by the lay public.
- Apply leadership techniques to the practice of public health in field conditions.
- Evaluate leadership practices on the basis of core functions in public health.
Translate leadership into a tool for community empowerment and development of community leaders.
- Apply learning techniques to develop community leaders in public health.
- Expand the definition of leadership to incorporate models which include leaders outside of official public health leadership roles. i.e., church leaders.
- Translate what is learned at the Institute into community activities that empower the community to develop leaders in public health.