Regional Steering Committee Spotlight: Suzanne Hawley

Suzanne Hawley


Suzanne has been involved with MPHTC since it began in the summer of 2014. Since then, she says “we have learned a lot and grown our partnerships and trainings across our 4-state region”. Day to day, Suzanne is a public health professor at Wichita State University where she has the pleasure of teaching undergraduate health science courses online including Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and All Aspects of Aging. Additionally, she teaches a public health badge/CNE in Leadership and Systems Thinking that is open to any public health professional or nurse.

What does she want you to know about MPHTC? Suzanne feels that MPHTC is a great resource to public health education and practice as it provides training and professional development across the United States, with a focus on our region. She says “while we don’t do traditional research, we do want to provide evidence-based, new or existing training that builds the skills of the existing public health workforce.”

Now the big question: her biggest dream for public health and her work? Suzanne sees all public health professionals as leaders, regardless of their position – including students! She would like to find ways to develop a common voice to promote the health of the community by aligning resources and skills. “Our public health system is fragmented and we don’t always know about each other. The more we can work across sectors and build our own leadership skills to help better align the system will allow us to work more effectively.” 

Thank you for all you do, Suzanne!

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