228534 Leadership development as a strategy for transforming public health to reduce health inequities by addressing the social determinants of health

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Carol Woltring, MPH , Public Health Institute, Center for Health Leadership & Practice, Oakland, CA
The CA/Hawaii Public Health Leadership Institute's mission is to provide a yearlong leadership development program each year to a cohort of selected participations from the public health system in each State. The Institute emphasizes increasing participants' leadership knowledge, skills, and commitment to leading and managing change, developing organizational capacity, creating strategies, and building partnerships that will contribute to eliminating health inequities and promoting healthy communities in health environments. The first cohort of participants began in January 2009 and graduated as of December, 2009. Of the thirty eight participants, eight came from the California State Department of Public Health, 20 came from local health departments, and Hawaii sent a team of 10 that represented both the state health department and non-profit organizations actively partnering with the department around health equity. The model of leadership development is unique in a number of ways. First, while personal leadership is developed, it is in the context of individuals leading teams in order to affect organizational change. The Institute holds itself accountable to the degree to which organizations are able to change their practices to focus on addressing social determinants of health. Second, the Institute focuses leadership and organizational change specifically to address health inequities. The theme throughout the Institute is building awareness around the degree to which health is affected by social determinants and developing specific action steps and organizational strategies to address those determinants. A number of innovative learning strategies are used including traditional strategies such as in person retreats with expert trainers and presenters, virtual strategies such as social networking and webinars, action learning projects paired with coaching, and peer education and exchange. Evaluation findings will be shared that demonstrate the effectiveness of this model as well as plans for on-going development in year 2.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the leadership development model used in the California/Hawaii Public Health Leadership Institute and how it addresses developing leadership for organizational change and transforming public health practice to address health inequities. 2. Explain the key elements to designing an effective leadership development program for a field, program or organization. 3. Compare experiences with what the CHPHLI progam has learned from the first year evaluation report how that has been incorporated into a new Year 2 model for 2010 Institute.

Keywords: Leadership, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice and direct the CA/Hawaii Public Health Leadership Institute which teaches senior level public health leaders to adopt and champion public health practices to address social determinants of health and health inequities. I have made numerous presentations to national and international audiences about leadership development, mentoring and coaching, and succession planning in the public sector. I have published a book on women’s leadership entitled “Journey to Leadership: Profiles of Women Leaders in Public Health” and numerous articles on leadership program evaluation and various leadership topics. My Center has developed concise Guides for Protégés and Mentors that are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded free of charge from my Center’s website www.cfhl.org. In 2009 I was awarded the Balderson Public Health Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leadership Development Network. I hold a Masters Degree in Public Health from U.C. Berkeley.
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.