20 new leadership teams selected for The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health Initiative

June 28, 2018

The Kresge Foundation has announced the 40 public health leaders who will work to transform the role of local public health departments in their communities as part of the third cohort of the Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative, totaling the number of trained leaders to 100. The leaders will be supported by The North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, which serves as the National Program Office for the initiative.

Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health was designed to provide public health leaders of county and local health departments opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges they face in their communities. This initiative is part of the foundation’s Health Program’s strategy to accelerate community-centered approaches that promote health of communities.

During the program, the leaders will participate in an action-oriented program focused on the design and implementation of a transformative concept that shifts or expands the capacity of their local department. Each team will receive a resource grant up to $125,000 as well as coaching and technical assistance to evolve their ideas into action.

Collectively, the 20 health departments represented by these cohort leaders serve nearly 10 million community members in cities across the country.

The 40 leaders selected for this newest cohort join a growing community of public health leaders support by The Kresge Foundation. In 2015, Kresge selected 24 public health leaders to participate in the inaugural cohort of the initiative and in 2017 Kresge selected 40 public health leaders to participate in Cohort II. With the addition of Cohort III, Kresge is meeting its goal of providing leadership development and resources to those who directly serve their communities.

“At Kresge, we recognize the complexity of the health system, and that all the disciplines within our nation’s public health system have the potential to play important roles in fostering community health. Public health agencies are an especially vital partner in creating healthier people and communities, and we look forward to fostering the skills and ideas of the sector’s next generation of leaders,” said David Fukuzawa, managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Health and Human Services Programs.

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