The North Carolina Dental Public Health Leadership Institute is a year-long mentoring and leadership development program designed for new and experienced dental providers, both dentists and hygienists, who want to take their leadership skills to the next level.

Mentoring and peer support are critical enabling factors to navigate the rewards and challenges of public health dentistry. This program provides a unique opportunity for dental public health practitioners to be paired with a seasoned dental public health professional for individual and customized coaching and mentorship. Participants will also participate in peer-networking activities, learn about adaptive leadership, advocacy, practice management and many other skills that can be applied to a relevant challenge in their clinic or agency. A preference is given to those applicants working in safety net settings such as community health centers, local health departments, or private practices providing oral health services to underserved populations.


Applications opening June 2021.
Email Brianah Williams to be notified when applications open.

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  • Orientation Webinar
  • Three virtual convenings over the year
  • Five peer-coaching sessions
  • Monthly coaching sessions and distance learning webinars
  • Use of personal assessment tools to gain a better understanding of one’s leadership tendencies and preferences
  • Approximately 50-hour time investment

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A program fee of $495 is due by August 7th, 2020.

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Stephen Orton, PhD
Senior Fellow, Public Health Leadership, North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Core Lead, Change Management, National MCH Workforce Development Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Steve is an educator, working primarily with leaders and managers in public health organizations to develop skills and lead organizational change. He is lead author of Public Health Business Planning: A Practical Guide (2008) and has contributed to a number of collaborative workforce development projects at the school since 1994, including the Executive Program for Developing Countries; the Management Academy for Public Health; Preventing Violence through Education, Networking and Training (PREVENT); the National Public Health Leadership Institute; the Caribbean Health Leadership Institute; Leadership Novant; and the National MCH Workforce Development Center.

What he learns doing leadership work nationally, Steve brings home to North Carolina. He teaches in the undergraduate degree program in Health Policy and Management, and he can often be found teaching or facilitating at AHEC-sponsored sessions for local public health groups across the state.

Ki’Yonna Jones, MHA, MBA
Training Associate, North Carolina Institute for Public Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Change Management Core, National MCH Workforce Development Center
Ki’Yonna Jones is a leadership and workforce development facilitator and trainer who helps provide educational programs that meet the needs of the public health workforce in North Carolina and beyond. At the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, she designs and facilitates trainings, designs online learning programs and tools, and provides technical assistance through conducting assessments and facilitating strategic planning and change management sessions. . Ki’Yonna enjoys convening and partnering with public health professionals to build workforce capacity and facilitate peer learning on the local, state, and national level.

Brianah Williams, MPH
Project Assistant, NC Institute for Public Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Brianah Williams is a Program Assistant at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings Global School of Public Health. She provides support to NCIPH training and technical assistance activities including fee-based continuing education courses and events, as well as grant and contract supported activities that help support capacity-building at NC public health agencies. Brianah also provides support to course directors and coordinators by collecting data relevant to educational programs including written evaluation data and oral feedback from training participants. Additionally, Brianah provides overall administrative support and general communications for several programs including NC DPHLI.

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This initiative was made possible by grant number T12HP28876 from the Bureau of Health Workforce (Part D of Title III of the Public Health Service Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about the application, program, schedule or curriculum, contact Ki’Yonna Jones.

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NCIPH’s educational programs reflect our organizational values as well as those of UNC Gillings. Diversity, inclusiveness, and civility are core values and characteristics of the School.

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