This program was offered from October 2022-June 2023. Interested in the 2024 offering from the North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute? Learn more and register for our new, half-day, virtual workshop, Advancing Equity Through Communication.

This nine-month program is designed to build the capacity of North Carolina public health leaders to engage in more equity-centered leadership, focusing on racial equity through an intersectional perspective. The program will guide leaders in brainstorming, prioritizing, implementing and troubleshooting structural changes within their respective agencies to integrate equity as a fundamental principle of leadership decision-making and support participants through the application of equity principles in identified priority areas for change within their agencies.

Key Dates and How to Apply

Key Dates

Program Duration: October 2022-June 2023

Virtual Orientation: October 12, 2022 at 10 a.m.

In-Person Sessions (in Chapel Hill, N.C.):

  • October 26, 2022 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • March 1, 2022 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • May 16, 2022 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Virtual Sessions: In months when there is not an in-person session, participants will meet for a 90-minute virtual session. (Dates TBA.)

How to Apply

Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by September 30, 2022 about their acceptance into the program, and registration and payment will be due by October 14, 2022 for all accepted applicants.

Who Should Apply

This course is designed for leadership from North Carolina state and local governmental public health agencies, specifically public health professionals who are in leadership and management roles and with the authority to implement organizational change at the unit or agency level. To be eligible, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a grounding in core leadership principles (as evidenced by completion of at least one formal leadership program).
  • Plan to attend the program as a part of a team of two from the same agency.
  • Are familiar with Results Based Accountability (RBA) and have previously taken an RBA course OR can commit to doing so within the initial three weeks of the program start.
  • Provide a letter of nomination from supervisors or agency leads indicating support for participation in the program itself as well as support for change implementation from program participants.

Alumni of the previous NCPHLI program are eligible to apply for this equity-focused version.

Course Overview

Course Goals

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Understand how their organization’s policies, practices and culture determine equity outcomes for the communities they serve.
  • Develop skills for operationalizing equity in their organization.
  • Advance an equity action plan within their organization by applying skills for operationalizing equity.

Course Components

This course includes the following components:

  • Organizational readiness assessment
  • Peer learning networks
  • Online learning modules covering key skills and topics
  • Monthly learning sessions to deepen equity leadership skills
  • Office hours for each team to meet with course faculty and discuss implementation, successes and challenges
  • Participant presentations on changes in their organizations or plans for changes

Course Faculty

Yesenia Merino, PhD and Ki’Yonna Jones, MBA, MHA are leading the design of this equity leadership program and will be providing instruction and technical assistance to participants throughout the program. They will be joined by equity experts as guest faculty.

Course Fee

The cost to participants is $495 per person ($990 per team).


For more information about the application, program, schedule or curriculum, contact Cherelle Whitfield.


This course is supported through contracts to the North Carolina Institute of Public Health from the North Carolina Division of Public Health, including funds as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Health Workforce Development Initiative investment in North Carolina’s public health workforce.

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