Local Public Health Leadership Series

The Opportunity:
The purpose of the Local Public Health Leadership Series (LPHLS) is to enhance the ability of the local and state public workforce to exercise leadership in the delivery of Medicaid services. The LPHLS will develop core knowledge and skills related to identifying and responding to adaptive challenges. The focus will be on development of leadership competencies identified by the Kansas Leadership Center: Diagnosing the Situation, Managing Self, Energizing Others and Intervening Skillfully. This is a four-session training offered by The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in collaboration with the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD).

Who Should Participate?
All public health professionals (anyone who works in a local or state health department or community health center) who want to lead more effectively. Leadership involves mobilizing others, sometimes without direct authority to do so, in an effort to address difficult community challenges. These difficult. daunting, adaptive challenges don’t have a single expert or manager that can fix them. Progress can be made to address adaptive challenges but it will require learning, involvement of stakeholders and persistent efforts. Public health professionals are in key positions to provide this kind of leadership.

The Commitment:
Applicants who are chosen will be expected to attend all trainings. These trainings will be held in Wichita.

The Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute will serve as faculty and coaches for the series, which is modeled after the Kansas Leadership Center’s training curriculum and methods.

The Cost:
The training is FREE to participants. Most meals and snacks will be provided for each session. For travelers traveling greater than 30 miles, one night of hotel will be provided for each session.

The 2022 series is complete. Check back for announcements about 2023!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kristina Helmer at Kristina.helmer@wichita.edu.