200337 Leadership at all levels: Increasing leadership capacity and culture in an era of decreasing resources

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 1:10 PM

Pam Pontones , Epidemiology Resource Center, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN
Tom Duszynski, BS, REHS , Epidemiology Resource Center, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis, IN
In 2007, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) initiated a Quality Improvement Program (QIP). Leadership development was viewed as an essential element of assuring a competent public health workforce leading to accreditation, so a leadership team was created. The Leadership QIP team conducted root cause analysis and an employee survey to identify barriers for leadership development as well as solutions to changing the institutional culture to support leadership development.

Analysis indicated that ISDH employees valued leadership development, regardless of position or title. Sharing that vision, the team developed a three-tiered curriculum to teach leadership skills to supervisors and managers and subsequently all employees to build leadership capability, which was supported by ISDH executive staff.

Offered in 2008, over 70 participants completed the first core course, indicating support at the grass roots level as well as the executive level. Core course participants met for eleven weekly sessions that included lecture presentations, group discussions and activities, and self-assessments to build leadership skills and provide insight and solutions to typical barriers that exist in a state agency. Sessions were held twice weekly to accommodate schedules. Course development and instruction was accomplished with a budget of less than $2000 and included material from several different, widely recognized sources. Course survey data indicate that participants implemented skills learned. Planning is underway to offer the core course and a new intermediate course in 2009 and an advanced course in 2010.

Learning Objectives:
Explain the importance of leadership skills at all levels of public health. Describe how leadership development can be implemented at a State public health agency with minimal costs and tangible benefits

Keywords: Leadership, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Co-developing and co-presenting leadership curriculum and team facilitator for Indiana State Department of Health Quality Improvement Program, Leadership Team
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.