Kansas Local Public Health Leadership Series, Fall 2018

Building Leadership Capacity

In November, eighteen public health professionals from across the state completed a 44-hour in-person Local Public Health Leadership Series (LPHLS) conducted over four-months led by the Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute (CEI). CEI is a Kansas MPHTC key partner and they provide subject matter expertise on leadership and training design for the current public health workforce. The LPHLS developed core knowledge and skills related to identifying and responding to adaptive challenges. The focus was on development of leadership competencies that are part of the Kansas Leadership Center curriculum:  Diagnosing the Situation, Managing Self, Energizing Others and Intervening Skillfully. This was the 9th cohort to complete this training in Kansas. This course will be offered again in the spring of 2020.

Supporting Systems Thinking

  • A key component of this training is assisting participants in an interpretation from individual to systemic interpretations.
  • The image to the right is a timeline activity where participants add an image of when they joined the public health system and what was happening in their personal world. Then facilitators bring the conversation back to what was happening in the larger system at that time. Participants begin to see the connection from the larger system and its influences on public health and their own decision making.
  • Additionally, this work is created in collaboration with university partners, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, and the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments.

Supporting Target Populations

As you can see from the map to the left, participants attended from across the state. Half of the participants came from rural counties serving fewer than 30,000 residents.

Evaluation Results

  • All participants agreed or strongly agreed that they would be able to apply this information to their work.
  • All participants agreed or strongly agreed that their understanding of the subject matter has improved as a result of having participated in this training.

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