Forum on leadership training for the public health workforce

This grant supports a dialogue among a select group of providers, consumers, and sponsors of public health leadership programs to explore the challenges of training. The effort will culminate in an intensive two-day meeting during which the group will evaluate topics such as the merits of the existing programs, training needs, and potential strategic opportunities. This effort represents an initial exploration by the Foundation of the opportunities to strengthen the leadership of public health. Leadership enhancement was identified as a critical component of transforming the public health workforce in a public health initiative concept paper. Despite the gaps in their formal training, practitioners of public health fulfill numerous public health roles adeptly. However, modern public health challenges will require leaders who are prepared for the rapid changes that are occurring in health. The existing training programs have been funded through modest support from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state governments. The current level of funding severely limits the scope of the programs as well as the number of leaders trained each year. Although the initial emphasis of most programs were on political appointees and senior leadership of public health agencies, programs have begun to train middle managers, leaders of community based organizations, and managed care organizations. The grant will provide a forum for a select group of consumers, providers, and sponsors of leadership training in public health officials to collectively think about the future. Specific anticipated areas of discussion during the meeting will include: (1) a discussion of the merits of current efforts; (2) needs for training and approaches to enhance leadership; (3) key issues and strategic opportunities; (4) the potential for more effective management of existing resources through greater synergy among existing programs; and (5) exploration of potential funding sources, (e.g., sponsorship and fees).

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $42,120.00

Awarded on: 11/11/1996

Time frame: 11/1/1996 - 11/15/1997

Grant Number: 30456


Public Health Institute

555 12th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, 94607-4046


Carol Spain Woltring
Project Director