Implementing a leadership development program to improve the health of babies born in Baltimore

Leadership programs are often criticized because they target individuals in isolation from their work or community settings, and often utilize theoretical problems in their training programs rather than real issues the leaders need to address. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed a new approach to leadership training called the Leadership in Action Program (LAP). LAP pulls together potential leaders in a defined community to learn leadership skills by working on a real problem in real time. LAP has demonstrated remarkable success in addressing critical social issues in several communities. In this collaborative project, RWJF will work with the Annie E. Casey Foundation to test the impact of the Leadership in Action Program approach in addressing an important health issue -- healthy birth outcomes. The Babies Born Healthy LAP will be carried out in Baltimore, Maryland, a city in which Annie E. Casey Foundation staff have worked for years. The Babies Born Healthy LAP will engage key stakeholders from government, nonprofit organizations, the corporate sector and other community agencies to develop and implement an action plan to achieve a measurable improvement in birth outcomes of babies born in Baltimore during a 14-month period. One of RWJF's Human Capital Portfolio's goals is to nurture a strong, capable health and health care workforce through leadership development and training. A current priority of the Portfolio is to develop new methods in leadership development in health and health care. A scan of existing leadership programs found far fewer community-focused leadership programs than those that serve health professionals. LAP was identified as a potential pioneering approach to address critical health issues through community-based leadership. The Babies Born Healthy LAP project deliverables will include: (1) developing cadre of leaders with increased capacity for collaborative problem-solving; (2) a measurable improvement in birth outcomes of babies born in Baltimore; and (3) a potentially sustainable system of leaders and organizations that utilize evidence-based approaches to solve complex health problems.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $400,000.00

Awarded on: 10/12/2006

Time frame: 11/1/2006 - 10/31/2008

Grant Number: 58034


Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.

2700 North Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, 21218-4307


Janis S. Parks
Project Director