This article presents an overview of the Survive and Thrive Program, a training program designed to help new local health officials develop the knowledge and skills to succeed at their work.
New public health officials face multiple challenges, including the aging of the public health work force, limited budgeting due to severe economic distress, and new public health responsibilities such as terrorism and pandemic response. The authors profile the pilot year of the Survive and Thrive Program.
The Survive and Thrive Program has an evaluation component to allow program officials to assess the progress of the program and also to provide continuous quality improvement. The Survive and Thrive evaluation will implement an integrated mixed-methods assessment and multisource system to collect stakeholder feedback. The evaluation should provide information about how well Survive and Thrive meets its program goals.
The Survive and Thrive Program was developed to help local health officials improve their work at a time of serious challenges for the public health system. If its mentor-based curriculum is successful it may prove to be a model for other public health and leadership training programs.