In 2018 – 2019, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Region IV Public Health Training Center at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia developed a leadership institute for emerging public health leaders to advance adaptive and strategic leadership skills necessary to address complex organizational and community challenges. In September 2019, the first cohort of 28 emerging leaders working in state, local and tribal public health departments/organizations in the 8 states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) in Region IV began the first Region IV Public Health Leadership Institute (R-IV PHLI). Even during the midst of COVID, two more cohorts of public health Fellows completed the R-IV PHLI (2020-2021 and 2021 – 2022). All R-IV PHLI Alumni can be found here.
In 2022, with a new cycle of funding and increased efforts to integrate public health with primary care to improve health equity and health outcomes in the communities within Region IV, the Leadership Institute was expanded to include emerging primary care leaders from FQHCs/FQHC Look-Alikes along with emerging public health leaders from local, state and tribal governmental health departments. The Region IV Public Health & Primary Care Leadership Institute (R-IV PHPC LI), modeled after the highly successful R-IV PHLI, accepted the first cohort of 36 Fellows in fall 2022, including 11 participants from FQHCs. Using a health equity lens, the learning objectives for this new PHPC-LI are to:
- identify personal leadership strengths
- address a leadership challenge through a self-directed adaptive approach
- engage in peer consulting with regional colleagues
- apply leadership competencies in the context of public health and primary care.