CDC Funds Program for Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute

CDC Funds Program for Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute
The United States and Mexico share more than a long border: The two nations also share many public health challenges. To build leadership skills and collaborations among border health organizations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is funding a three-year grant to the Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute (SPHLI) at The University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

“Our border populations and environmental conditions share many common characteristics along with striking similarities in priority health issues in the region,” said Cecelia Rosales, MD, associate professor in the College of Public Health and an Arizona delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. “These similarities provide strong rationale for the need for a bilateral and binational public health prevention agenda for the region. Such an agenda has been adopted by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission in its report, Healthy Border 2010: An Agenda for Improving Health on the United States-Mexico Border,” she added.

In addition to addressing core competencies for public health leaders, the Border Health Leadership Program will emphasize the development of collaborative and trans-border leadership skills for members of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission and other border region public health leaders, including the Pan American Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Field Office; the U.S. Border State Health Department Offices of Border Health; El Colegio De Sonora; and The University of Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness.

“We are very excited to be working on a border-wide public health leadership development initiative that has real potential to improve our systems’ response to the urgent public health challenges we face at the border,” said Kenneth Schachter, MD, MBA, assistant professor, College of Public Health and principal investigator for the project.

The BHLP will employ a number of learning methods, such as self-assessment tools and coaching, two retreat-based events, team learning, peer learning projects, online learning modules and self study.

For more information about the Southwest Public Health Leadership Institute or the Border Health Leadership Program, please contact Jennie Mullins, project director, at mullinsj@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-0189.