New Leadership Development Program Will Strengthen Child Health Advocacy

Posted July 22, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog childrenhealthleadership 2015

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion, the David and Lucile Packard Foun­da­tion and The Atlantic Phil­an­thropies are proud to intro­duce the Children’s Health Lead­er­ship Net­work, a new lead­er­ship devel­op­ment pro­gram to strength­en the field of state-based advo­cates for children’s health pol­i­cy. With fund­ing from these three foun­da­tions over the course of sev­er­al 16-month class­es, this pro­gram will build a pow­er­ful col­lec­tive of near­ly 100 advo­cates serv­ing through­out the coun­try in lead­er­ship capac­i­ties on behalf of our nation’s children. 

This net­work of strong, adap­tive and diverse lead­ers with expe­ri­ence in pol­i­cy, advo­ca­cy and strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be unique­ly posi­tioned to inform pol­i­cy and imple­men­ta­tion that puts health and well-being of chil­dren and fam­i­lies first. Selec­tion of the first class of up to 15 lead­ers will take place in the fall of 2015, with the sem­i­nars begin­ning in Jan­u­ary 2016.

The Children’s Health Lead­er­ship Net­work is a rig­or­ous results-based lead­er­ship devel­op­ment pro­gram that equips lead­ers to move pur­pose­ful­ly from vision to action to results. This approach stems from a con­vic­tion that results-dri­ven lead­ers are vital to achiev­ing mea­sur­able and last­ing improve­ments for chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Results-based lead­er­ship pro­grams pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with cus­tomized lead­er­ship skills to help them exe­cute strate­gies and man­age the chal­lenges that come along with efforts to make last­ing and effec­tive changes to sys­tems and ser­vices for chil­dren and families.

Appli­ca­tions for the first class of up to 15 lead­ers are being accept­ed here and can be sub­mit­ted until 5 p.m. ET on Sep­tem­ber 21, 2015. Appli­cants should have the fol­low­ing qualities:

  • at least three to five years’ expe­ri­ence in children’s health and/​or advocacy;
  • com­mit­ment to reduce health inequities, improve child health out­comes and advance social change;
  • com­mit­ment to per­son­al growth and learn­ing, peer learn­ing and being part of a com­mu­ni­ty of learn­ing and network;
  • com­mit­ment to attend, be present and engaged;
  • apti­tude to inte­grate pol­i­cy and pol­i­tics in a sophis­ti­cat­ed way; and
  • posi­tion of orga­ni­za­tion­al influ­ence and sup­port of exec­u­tive direc­tor or board chair.

Learn more about the Children’s Health Lead­er­ship Net­work by down­load­ing this description.

An infor­ma­tion­al webi­nar about the Children’s Health Lead­er­ship Net­work will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. August 4. Reg­is­ter here.

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