Change Leadership: Local health department accreditation status and leader openness to change
Research Objective:1.Classify socio-demographic characteristics of LHD leaders by examining the variation in openness to change score 2. Characterize association between accreditation status of LHD and leader openness to change.
Data Sources: LHD leaders in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are the unit of analysis. Expenditure and revenues are available from the state department of health. County level population estimates are from the national census website.
Study Design: cross-sectional survey of KY LHD leaders’ observable demographic attributes relating to age, gender, race, educational background, leadership experience and openness towards change. Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney and Kruskall Wallis tests are used to identify differences in leader average rank openness score.
Preliminary Analysis: approximately 45% of LHD leaders had a high openness to change score. The Mann-Whitney U-tests for gender and race, and the Kruskal-Wallis test for highest degree obtained were statistically significant.
Conclusions: there are strong underlying relationships between leader experiential and demographic attributes with their openness to change. Formal public health leadership development programs will benefit from preparing leaders to modify their leadership behaviors.
Implications for Policy or Practice: Formal public health leadership development programs will benefit from preparing leaders to modify their leadership behaviors.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Describe the relationship between leader openness to change and accreditation status of the local health department.
Keyword(s): Leadership, Local Public Health Agencies
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a recent graduate of the Doctor of Public Health program. The submitted abstract is a part of my doctoral dissertation. I have published papers focusing on leadership and organizational theory in public health organizations. My research focuses on the application of health services research to organizational theory, leadership and long range decision-making in public health to develop strategies facilitating the organized financing of public health services to eliminate health disparities locally and globally.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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