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NEHA 2010 AEC Presentations

Cultivating Our Leaders of Tomorrow

June 8, 2010


Leadership can be cultivated through the intentional actions of managers and others in public health organizations. This workshop provides a rationale for taking innovative and proactive steps to build leadership, discusses general strategies for doing so, and presents several practical, creative, and affordable actions that can have a positive influence on efforts to cultivate leadership qualities in the public and environmental health workforce. Each action is illustrated with an actual contemporary example from a local public health agency. The best way to ensure that effective leadership is available when the organization needs it is to intentionally develop it through an on-going process. Leadership growth can be supported during the ordinary course of business in a public health organization through thoughtful challenges, sharing ideas and experiences, and especially through the example set by managers and those in positions of authority.

The workshop is capped off with an active demonstration of a leadership development technique called “Feedforward.” The “Feedforward” exercise is an input process that looks to the future, rather than to behaviors that have already happened in the past. Through this exercise, participants pick a behavior that they would like to change and then seek out suggestions from others in the workshop on how to do this. It is a fast-paced activity where people give and receive feedback multiple times to a variety of other participants. The people who participate in this exercise almost always say it was “great”, “energizing”, “useful” or “helpful.” The most common word mentioned to describe the experience is “fun!” The exercise includes the “Feedforward” interactions, followed by a large group debriefing of the experience and exploration into its use in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe four strategies for cultivating leadership in the workplace.
  • Identify up to seven practical, creative and affordable actions that can have a positive influence on efforts to cultivate leadership qualities in the public health workforce.
  • Apply the “Feed Forward” leadership development technique in their workplace.

Session Materials and Handouts:
Practical and Affordable Ways to Cultivate Leadership in Your Organization (PDF)

Beyond Regulation: Building Sustainable Places

June 9, 2010


It has been only over the last 50 years that the major cause of death in the US and the world has shifted away from communicable diseases to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. And, according to the World Health Organization, environmental factors influence 85 out of 102 categories of diseases and injuries. Research continues to demonstrate that we need to go beyond the individual behavior change model. We must also consider and make improvements to our environment, including the built environment. Chronic disease prevention is no longer the domain of just health promotion specialists. Professionals from a wide variety of disciplines are coming together to promote healthy behaviors through land use and community design. Environmental health professionals are a key component of this professional collaboration. Through group dialogue and exercises, this interactive workshop will explore how environmental health professionals can go beyond the traditional regulatory role to become engaged in and influential to the land use processes in their communities. We will discuss and review the tools and resources that are available to help participants understand the issues and assess their own communities.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this Learning Laboratory presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe at least three healthy community design strategies that can have a positive and sustainable impact on the health of both the environment and people.
  • Describe strategies for becoming engaged in the land use planning processes in their communities, beyond the traditional regulatory role.
  • Identify at least two tools that can be used to assess healthy community design elements in their communities.