LHD’s Opportunity: Strategic Scholars Program

The National Association of County & City Health Officials is excited to announce an opportunity for local health departments to participate in the CDC and NNPHI Strategic Scholars Program, which is focusing on change management this spring. This is would be the fourth cohort selected to have the opportunity to build their skills in change management, a critical skill for initiating, implementing, and sustaining positive changes to LHD structure and functioning. Change management was identified by the 2017 Public Health Workforce Interest and Needs Survey (PH WINS) as a critical skill for public health workers.

What are the benefits?

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Define change, its types, and elements
  • Create a sense of urgency, build the change leadership team, and draft the change vision
  • Assess organizational and stakeholder readiness
  • Develop a change management plan that includes communication and resistance strategies
  • Identify methods for implementing change
  • Identify gaps and activities to sustain change

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply their new skills in their current settings through the completion of a skill application project and individualized coaching
  • Work with their peers from health departments across the country to explore new ideas and concepts, via monthly sessions and an online community of practice
  • Attend the virtual 2021 Public Health Improvement Training (PHIT) with support from NNPHI
  • Receive a certificate of completion from NACCHO University

Over the next six months, participants will take part in self-paced courses, participate in three virtual live learning sessions, attend PHIT, complete a skills-based workshop, work on-on-one with a coach on a skill application project, and present their project to the other teams.

Who can apply?

This is open to personnel working in state, tribal, territorial, or local health departments. In order to participate, applicants must apply as a team with a minimum of two (2) but up to six (6) participants, with a combination of the following roles:

  • Program Staff (e.g., staff who work closely with your proposed area of change; health education program changes should include a health educator, immunization program changes should include immunization staff, community health improvements should include a health planner)
  • Performance Improvement Staff/Leadership (e.g., Accreditation Coordinator, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Performance Manager, Workforce Development Coordinator, Community Health Improvement Coordinator)
  • Senior/Executive Leadership (e.g., Health Director, Senior Official) and Division Directors.

Learn more and apply here! Applications are due February 16th, at 5pm ET.