Local Team Participates in Public Health Leadership Program

A group from Northwoods LEAN (Linking Education, Activity, and Nutrition) coalition has been selected to participate in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Laura Magstadt, Gina Egan, Sue Kirby, and Kyla Waksmonski will participate in NLAPH, a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams and training the teams through an applied, team-based collaborative leadership development model.  The program is implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP), a center of the Public Health Institute (PHI), and will provide training and support for a period of one year.

“This program will impart population health teams with the skills to lead across sectors and collaboratively solve complex population health problems in innovative ways,” said Carmen Rita Nevarez MD, MPH, Vice President for External Relations and CHLP’s Director. “These are the types of leaders who will ultimately be able to drive critical efforts, such as the adoption of evidence-based policies and practices at the community level, which can have a tangible impact on health outcomes.”

The Northwoods LEAN team will work on an applied health leadership project that tackles an important population health issue with the goal of improving public health outcomes.  After the newly released 2014 County Health Rankings by the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, out of the 72 counties in Wisconsin, Oneida County currently ranks 50th and Vilas County currently ranks 54th in health outcomes which include length of life and quality of life measures. The NLAPH program is designed to help communities create solutions addressing specific factors that are known to affect health.  The team will work on implementing garden-based nutrition programs in area schools.  This is an evidence-based practice proven to positively impact youth nutrition.  The team assembled to undertake this critical issue includes representation from:  Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Vilas County Health Department, Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, and Oneida County Health Department.

“Being accepted into this program is an amazing opportunity for not only Northwoods LEAN, but also the community.  This experience will allow us to further develop our leadership skills, learn new tools, and network with other teams so that we can implement successful interventions that improve the health of our residents,” says Laura Magstadt.

NLAPH will provide training and support to assist the team in successfully addressing chronic disease prevention and management.  Training and support will focus on two tracks.  The first is the development of leadership skills, including personal and collaborative leadership in a multi-sector environment.  The second emphasizes growth from team-based collaborative work to policy and systems change.  NLAPH is provided at no cost to the participants or the community.

For more information, contact: 

Laura Magstadt, Northwoods LEAN Chair
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