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Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Director Dan Partridge and Community Health Planner Charlie Bryan are among 40 public health leaders selected for The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative.
Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health is designed to provide public health leaders with opportunities to build additional knowledge and skills to tackle the challenges public health professionals face in their communities. As a team, Partridge and Bryan will be asked to challenge and support each other while building skills and competencies together.
“Public health leaders are valuable assets to our communities,” said Dr. Phyllis Meadows, senior advisor to The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program and the Emerging Leaders in Public Health lead. “Leaders in this program will have the opportunity to create meaningful and lasting change in their agencies that will positively impact those they serve.”
During the 18-month program, Partridge and Bryan 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. They will also receive a grant up to $125,000 as well as coaching and technical assistance to evolve their ideas into action.
“As the nature of what drives our health changes from acute to chronic and from clinic to community, public health must change as well,” Partridge said. “Participation in the emerging leaders in public health initiative is a unique opportunity to develop new skills and a new network of peers across the country who, like us, are seeking to lead their public health agencies through a time of change and transformation.”
Partridge and Bryan join 19 other teams from across the country selected to participate in the second cohort of Emerging Leaders in Public Health. Collectively, the 20 health departments represented by cohort leaders serve nearly 14 million community members in cities across the country.
The team will also join a growing community of public health leaders supported by The Kresge Foundation. In 2015, Kresge selected 24 public health leaders to participate in the inaugural cohort of the initiative. With the addition of Cohort II, Kresge is progressing towards its goal of providing leadership development and resources to 100 local public health leaders across the country so that they can approach public health in a new way.